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Michael Jordan Paid Tribute To ‘Little Brother’ Kobe Bryant At His LA Memorial

Michael Jordan Crying

Michael Jordan delivered a tear-filled tribute to Kobe Bryant at a memorial for the late Lakers star on Monday at Staples Center. Chronicling the annoying genesis of their relationship on-court to their deep friendship off it, the greatest basketball player in history paid tribute to one of the game’s fiercest competitors and the legacy he leaves behind.

“Kobe was my dear friend, he was like a little brother,” Jordan. “Everyone always wanted to talk about the comparisons between he and I. I just wanted to talk about Kobe.”

“All of us have brothers and sisters, little brothers, little sisters who for whatever reason tend to get in your stuff. Your closet, your shoes. Everything. He was a nuisance, if I could say that word,” Jordan said. “But that nuisance turned into love over a period of time. Just because of the admiration that they have for you. The questions, wanting to know every little detail.”

“This kid had passion like you would never know… “He wanted to be the best basketball player that he could be,” Jordan said. “And as I got to know him, I wanted to be the best big brother that I could be.”

Written by Sami Jarjour

The Co-Founder of Sports ON Tap & Host of "Stuff That Matters w/ Sami Jarjour" Podcast & Co-Host of "That Being Said Podcast w/ George & Sami Jarjour."

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