Getting old definitely has some advantages.
Allene Wynn told a newspaper reporter that she wanted to meet Kobe Bryant for her 105th birthday. The diehard Los Angeles Lakers fan's wish became reality over the weekend, and then she gave the basketball star a bit of unsolicited advice.
Standing deep underneath Staples Center, Wynn -- born March 27, 1907 -- tossed out some of her life wisdom as a basketball fan and woman to Kobe and teammate Pau Gasol before Saturday's game with the visiting New Orleans Hornets.
"You guys haven't been playing well enough to suit me," Wynn told Bryant, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. She then ordered the highest paid player in the NBA to take his sunglass off "so I can see you better." Kobe had a big smile and laughed.
Later Wynn told Gasol, "I didn't come all the way down here to watch y'all lose today."
Kobe ended up having one of the worst games of his career, not making a basket until the fourth quarter. But the Lakers pulled out an 88-85 victory thanks to his last three-pointer.
"That's unbelievable, being 105 years old. I don't think this game did anything to relax her. She was like a female Tex Winter (the hard nosed former Lakers assistant coach to Phil Jackson)," Bryant told the LA Daily News.
In addition to the franchise players, Wynn was able to score pictures with Andrew Bynum, Ramon Sessions and Steve Blake.
After growing up in Nashville, Arkansas, Wynn raised 10 children, though she struggled to remember how many grandkids she has, but hey, you can't blame her.
During her first year of life, Oklahoma became the 46th state, while Theodore Roosevelt was President, and believe it or not, the Chicago Cubs beat the Detroit Tigers to win the World Series.
Wynn says the biggest change she's seen in her over a century of life, is a lack of love among people.
Therefore it was nice to see her receive lots of smiles, laughs and friendship from her favorite basketball team.
-- Follow Ben Maller on Twitter @BenMaller.
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