Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 2/10/12

Rob Gronkowski didn’t wait too long after the whole shirtless partying incident to make a public appearance. The Patriots tight end attended the Celtics-Lakers game in Boston Thursday night along with teammates Vince Wilfork, Julian Edelman, and Tiquan Underwood, and team owner Robert Kraft. The group reportedly received a standing ovation when they were shown on the jumbotron in the arena, so apparently New Englanders still love them.

Kobe apparently noticed Gronk in the crowd and yelled at him during the game.

“I told him the Eagles need a tight end,” Bryant said after the game. “I’m recruiting! He’s a freak athlete. He shouted at me, I shouted back.”

Even Kobe respects the Gronk. And if you’re wondering why Gronk wasn’t looking at the camera, well, that’s simple: he’s a popular dude — his attention is in demand.

Picture Credit: Glenn Gronkowski

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