Bryant was one of the first of Odom's friends to come see him, reportedly leaving a Lakers preseason game at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas during the third quarter to rush to his side at the nearby Sunrise Hospital hours after news of his condition broke.
Bryant appeared to get emotional while speaking with reporters, as he shared his thoughts on how Odom's situation "puts things in perspective" in regard to his own life and career.
"This is what we do, not who we are. Sometimes basketball can get in the way of life and in the way of living," he said, adding that his friend's medical emergency is more important to him than the sport.
"He's a brother above everything else," Bryant said. "It's important to see him get back on his feet."