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Michael Jordan Explains How Much Kobe Bryant Meant to Him

It has been nearly a month since Kobe Bryant‘s tragic passing from a fatal helicopter crash. That has been something that many still haven’t come to grips with being reality over the last few weeks. That wound was opened up a bit more on Monday morning during the ceremony honoring him, his daughter, and the seven others that tragically passed away. That also gave Hall of Famer Michael Jordan a chance to speak to the unique relationship that he developed over the years with the former Los Angeles Lakers great.

Kobe Bryant’s connection to Michael Jordan

Since he entered the NBA, it was quite evident that Bryant had a great deal of respect and admiration for Jordan. That was the one player above all else that he drew inspiration into pushing himself further on the basketball court.

Throughout the years, Jordan’s impact on Bryant’s game was quite evident through his mimicked mannerisms and many of the same shots he took on the floor. That also saw a strong bond developed between the two all-time greats over that time that extended far off the court between them.

Bryant also spoke quite highly about learning from the previous greats, but Jordan had the most influence on his career. He wanted to win more NBA titles than him and be recognized as a better basketball player than he was. It was those qualities that helped foster a relationship between the two over the last two decades.

It was something that Jordan shed light on the closeness that both he and Bryant shared before the Lakers’ great’s tragic passing last month.

Michael Jordan’s close bond with Kobe Bryant

Throughout the years, it was known that Bryant and Jordan shared a strong relationship on and off the court. However, the extent of that was never truly understood until Jordan delved into his interactions with him.

During his touching tribute speech to Bryant on Monday morning, he voiced that he shared a uniquely close bond with him and considered him to be his little brother. Jordan talked about the various things Bryant would do from texting and calling him at late times in the middle of the night to discuss basketball to asking him about what he should do to teach his daughter how to shoot a fadeaway jumper.

Beyond that, Jordan ended his speech with a heartfelt statement stating that Bryant’s passing was a departure of part of his soul.

“When Kobe Bryant died, a piece of me died. As I look into this arena and across the globe, a piece of you died or else you wouldn’t be here. Those are the memories that we have to live with and learn from. I promise you from this day forward that I will live with the memories that I had a little brother that I tried to help in every way that I could. Please rest in peace little brother.”

Jordan relished his relationship with Bryant over the years, and his loss and impact is something that will never be replaced.

Kobe Bryant’s legacy forever tied to Michael Jordan

Bryant put forth a tremendous NBA career, which he established himself as one of the greatest players in his own right. However, his legacy will always be tied to his mentor and a big brother.

He had learned a great deal on and off the court from Jordan that impacted his career in a many that could never be truly measured. Bryant drew motivation from him to push himself forward to greater heights and achieve success.

The two will always be intertwined together, and that is something Jordan will forever embrace.