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Kobe Bryant attends Patriots practice

Former Los Angeles Lakers' forward Kobe Bryant Ron Schwane/AP File Photo

The Patriots had a famous visitor at their OTA session Wednesday: Kobe Bryant.

The former Los Angeles Laker visited with the team and took pictures with players including Stephon Gilmore and Cody Hollister, both of whom shared photos on their Instagram accounts.

A few fans on social media were quick to point out that a visit from Bryant would seem to qualify as “fun,” which former Patriots linebacker/defensive end Cassius Marsh recently said the team “never” has.

It’s probably a little more nuanced than that. Based on his comments to the San Francisco Chronicle, Marsh felt misused and unable to be himself, and a guest at practice wouldn’t have changed that. For the players still with the team, though, getting to meet a five-time NBA champion was probably a nice surprise after sweating it out under the sun all morning.


Nora Princiotti can be reached at nora.princiotti@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @NoraPrinciotti.