Michael Jordan cried his heart out while remembering 'little brother' Kobe Bryant
Michael Jordan gave one of the most moving speeches of the night at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles at a packed memorial for the NBA star Kobe and his daughter Gigi Bryant.
“Maybe it surprised people … but we were very close friends,” said Jordan. “Everyone always wanted to talk about the comparisons between he and I. I just wanted to talk about Kobe.”
Jordan added that Bryant had come to him for advice during his career: “At first, it was an aggravation. But then it turned into a certain passion. This kid had passion like you would never know … As I got to know him, I wanted to be the best big brother that I could be.”
"You know, all of us have brothers, sisters — little brothers, little sisters for whatever reason always tend to get in your stuff, your closet, your shoes, everything. It was a nuisance, if I can say that word, but that nuisance turned into love over time."
"When Kobe Bryant died, a piece of me died," Jordan added. "As I look in this arena and across the globe, a piece of you died."
He also joked about becoming a crying meme for the next few years that had the entire stadium in stiches.
"I told my wife I wasn't going to do this, 'cause I didn't want to see that for the next three or four years. That is what Kobe Bryant does to me."