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Here’s Julius Randle wearing new teammate Kobe Bryant’s jersey as a kid (photo)

After the Los Angeles Lakers made Julius Randle the seventh-overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the 19-year-old player out of the Kentucky Wildcats pro basketball player factory took to social media to reveal that he was in fact a big fan of the Lakers, especially Kobe Bryant, way back when he was a wee lad.

Randle posted the above photo to Instagram of him wearing a Kobe jersey — remember when Bryant wore No. 8 and not No. 24? — as a little kid, along with the message, “Oh y’all didn’t know I grew up a LAKER fan?

Since he’s rocking a backwards Bryant jersey, there’s a good chance he was a big fan of Kriss Kross as well. Because, you know, the Nineties.

Still, it’s absolutely mind-blowing that someone born in 19-freaking-94 is playing professional basketball now. That makes an old coot like me feel even older than usual. And that’s not good.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, the nostalgic mood brought upon by the Kriss Kross reference makes me want to “Jump! Jump!” You know, without blowing out my back or suffering a hernia.

Hey, not everyone was born in the 1990s, man.