After the Nets fell to Milwaukee on Tuesday, two former MVPs met up at center court to show each other respect. Brooklyn star Kevin Durant and Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo spent about 12 seconds chatting each other up after scoring a combined 68 points.

Before the game, Durant showed respect to another famous athlete, albeit one from a different sport.

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Durant Pays Respect to CC Sabathia

Durant showed up to Fiserv Forum in a white t-shirt with a photo of former Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia on it. The photo shows Sabathia as a high schooler — before he spent 11 seasons with the Yankees, before he was a six-time MLB All-Star, before he won the 2007 American League Cy Young Award. Sabathia, now 40, is wearing a Vallejo High baseball jersey in the photo, which has the phrase “Game Recognize Game” lightly inscribed over it in white.

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The Nets posted a photo of Durant wearing the Sabathia t-shirt to their Instagram page. Sabathia took a screenshot of the post and shared it to his own Instagram story, captioning it with four fire emojis. Durant did the same on his Instagram page, captioning the photo with “Vallejo’s finest.”

It’s evident both stars are fans of each other.

Sabathia, who was born and raised in Northern California, is a lifelong Golden State Warriors fan. In 2019, when Durant was still a member of the Warriors, Sabathia took to Twitter wish Durant well after KD suffered a ruptured Achilles in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Sabathia captioned the Tweet, which included a photo of him and Durant, with: “You’re a true Warrior @KDTrey5 with my respect forever get well soon!”

You’re a true Warrior @KDTrey5 with my respect forever 🙏🏽🙏🏽 get well soon!

— CC Sabathia (@CC_Sabathia) June 11, 2019

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