The former NBA player -- who just announced his retirement last week -- revealed he had a pic of him defending Bryant tatted on his right arm recently.
The artwork is very cool -- it's a tat based on a photo of him trying to block Bryant's shot at the rim during a game when Green played for the Suns.
The piece is a big one ... it stretches from the top of Green's bicep almost all the way down to his inner elbow -- and it's all in black and white coloring.
Of course, Green made the move to honor Bryant -- someone he's never shied away from publicly praising.
Gerald Green at Toyota Center wearing a Kobe Bryant Jersey: “He meant a lot to me. He inspired me since I was a little kid.” Said he’s had that jersey for awhile: “I just never wore it because I’ve always been a Houston guy, but definitely got to show respect when it’s due.” pic.twitter.com/kGYr4lmbn0— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) January 31, 2020 @MarkBermanFox26
You'll recall, Green wore a #8 Bryant jersey to a game in the days following the ex-hooper's tragic death ... saying at the time that Kobe had inspired him since he was a child.
"I don't think anybody could ever achieve the things that he did," the 35-year-old said, adding, "There will never be another number 8 or 24. Never."
The tat is just the latest in a long of famous permanent Bryant tribute pieces ... with people like LeBron James, Anthony Davis and even Snoop Dogg all getting ink to honor the Mamba.