Michael Jordan is the Greatest of All time. Kobe Bryant is also one of the greatest to ever play, and he most certainly modeled his game after Michael. MJ looked at Kobe like a little brother, and no one was more distraught than Michael when Kobe tragically passed. Jordan told ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan in a recent interview that he still gets emotional with it comes to Kobe, even a year after his death.
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Jordan also shared something very personal with ESPN, the last text exchange he had with Kobe.
“This tequila is awesome,” Kobe texted, referring to Jordan’s Cincoro Tequila, a bottle of which was sent to Bryant at the launch.
“Thank you, my brother,” Jordan responded.
“Yes, sir. Family good?” Kobe replied.
“All good. Yours?”
Jordan smiled, then decided to have a little fun. “He was really into coaching Gigi,” MJ explains, “so I hit him up about that.”
“Happy holidays,” Jordan texted back, “and hope to catch up soon. Coach Kobe??!”
“I added that little crying/laughing emoji,” Jordan chuckles.
“Ah, back at you, man,” Kobe wrote. “Hey, coach, I’m sitting on the bench right now, and we’re blowing this team out. 45-8.”
Eleven days following that exchange, Bryant learned he had been officially nominated for the Hall of Fame as a first-ballot entry.
Forty-nine days later, he was gone.
“I just love that text,” Jordan says, “because it shows Kobe’s competitive nature.”
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Jordan told ESPN that Vanessa asked him six months ago if he would “stand up for Kobe at the Hall of Fame.” Jordan didn’t hesitate.
“It’s going to be a great honor, to be honest. It’s like standing up for a family member. He paid me the highest respect by trying to emulate certain things I did. And I can only repay that by showing my support and admiration for a guy who I felt was one of the greatest to ever play the game.”
That will definitely be a very special moment.
RIP forever Kobe.