"I got to meet Kobe Bryant last night," Harper said Tuesday. "I'm riding high. I haven't had many days better than that. I'm good. I'm looking forward to this week."
Harper met Bryant, nicknamed the "Black Mamba," prior to Monday night's Lakers-Hornets game at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte.
— Roman Harper (@Harp41) December 29, 2015
Harper said that Bryant followed Carolina's success during a 14-0 start that ended with a 20-13 loss to Atlanta on Sunday at the Georgia Dome. He appreciated Bryant's advice as the Panthers move forward with this Sunday's regular-season finale against Tampa Bay.
"One thing he did implement was ... just to go out and do it, don't settle for anything," Harper said. "Just go out there and finish it and go do it.
"Coming from the Black Mamba, I say we've got to go do that."
Panthers tight end Ed Dickson and cornerback Bene' Benwikere, who suffered a season-ending leg injury three weeks ago, also met Bryant, a five-time NBA champion who will retire at the end of this season.
— Bené Benwikere (@BigPlayBene) December 29, 2015
But few, if any, were more excited than Harper.
"Man, he's the Black Mamba,'" Harper said. "What else is there to say? He's one of the greatest of all time, if not the greatest. He's the best I've ever seen with my own eyes."