Michael Jordan can’t bring himself to delete last text exchange with Kobe Bryant
It was in January 2020 that the world lasted a sports hero and the Bryant family a loving father. When news broke that Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were involved in a helicopter crash that killed seven more, the world let out a collective gasp. The shock was palpable and as images of the wreckage emerged we mourned the loss of one of the sport’s biggest stars. Kobe Bryant’s legacy cannot be underestimated.
With a record-breaking career with the LA Lakers, Kobe was drafted into the NBA straight out of high school in 1996. For the 2007-8 season, he was the league’s MVP, before being an MVP anointed. of the 2009 and 2010 series finals and scoring a second-highest 81-point game in 2006 history. Before retiring in 2016, Bryant helped the US team win two Olympic medals. Granted, Bryant’s legacy extends far beyond the sport itself. Known for his commitment and passion for basketball, he was also an extremely devoted father to his four daughters.
Ready to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this weekend, Michael Jordan sat down with ESPN where he revealed his last text exchange with the Los Angeles Lakers star. In the text messages of December 8, 2019, the two greatest of all time joked about Michael and Kobe’s tequila training his daughter, Gigi.
Kobe had received a bottle of Jordan’s Cincoro Tequila and contacted GOAT to tell the former Chicago Bulls player that “tequila is awesome.” Jordan then asked Kobe how he was coaching Gigi, writing, “Happy holidays and hope to catch up soon. Coach Kobe ??! To that, Kobe replied, “Hey, coach, I’m sitting on the bench right now, and we’re blowing up this team.” 45-8. “
Talk to ESPN, Jordan said of the text, “I love this text because it shows the competitive nature of Kobe.” He added: “I don’t know why, but I just can’t delete it.”
This isn’t the first time Jordan has spoken of his affection and deep respect for Bryant. Although they were able to be competitive on the court, Jordan looked like Bryant like a younger brother, whom he mentored in his years to come. Speaking at Kobe’s memorial service, Jordan said, “When Kobe Bryant died, a piece of me died, and as I look at this arena and across the world, a piece of you has died.” Jordan added, “I promise you that from this day forward, I will live with the memory of knowing that I had a little brother whom I tried to help in any way I could. Please rest in peace, little brother.