It’s been more than a year since the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, and for some, it’s still been tough to wrap their heads around.
Among those affected most by the NBA great’s passing are his family and other legendary players. Few are in a class of their own like Bryant is– but Michael Jordan is part of that shortlist. The death hit Jordan so hard that he hasn’t deleted the text thread he shared with the former Los Angeles Laker and shared the final conversation with ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan.
Kobe: “This tequila is awesome,” referring to the bottle of Jordan’s Cincoro Tequila that he was gifted.
Jordan: “Thank you, my brother.”
Kobe: “Yes, sir. Family good?”
Jordan: “All good. Yours?”
Kobe: “All good.”
In typical Jordan fashion, he had to take a few competitive digs and brought up how much he was really into coaching his daughter Gigi around December.
Jordan: “Happy holidays, and hope to catch up soon. Coach Kobe??!” alongside the crying laughing emoji.
Kobe: “Ah, back at you, man. Hey, coach, I’m sitting on the bench right now, and we’re blowing this team out. 45-8.”
“I just love that text because it shows Kobe’s competitive nature,” Jordan told MacMullan.
Jordan spoke at Bryant’s memorial service in February 2020, where he lovingly referred to Kobe as a little brother and remembered just how passionate he was about basketball, saying, “He used to call me, text me, 11:30, 2:30, 3:00 in the morning, talking about post-up moves, footwork, and sometimes the triangle. At first, it was an aggravation, but then it turned into a certain passion. This kid had passion like you would never know.”
His Airness is also be tasked with the honor of inducting the Black Mamba into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 15.
NBA Players Honor Kobe Bryant On His 42nd Birthday
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Happy birthday @kobebryant We miss you my brother!!! 👑🙏🏾🙌🏾🖤🕊— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) August 23, 2020
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We miss you every day, Kobe. Happy birthday from your Lakers family. pic.twitter.com/6hzwFXgkwh— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) August 23, 2020
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Woj sharing his insights on what Kobe could’ve been in the bubble 💜💛 pic.twitter.com/Xw2fcdPRvK— The LakeShow PH (@LakeShowPH) August 23, 2020
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Happy Birthday, Kobe 💜💛 pic.twitter.com/RO8zQRwQtI— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) August 23, 2020
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Remembering Kobe 💜💛— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) August 23, 2020
Watch Mason's introduction of Kobe Bryant at his final game at The Palace. pic.twitter.com/9VXUTmcNYk
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IN MEMORY OF KOBE...— DJ Premier (@REALDJPREMIER) August 23, 2020
SALUTE TO YOUR 42nd BORN DAY...
LOVE TO GIANNA 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/Mh17iifTXm
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"We lost potentially the greatest ally that [women's basketball] could ever hope for."— espnW (@espnW) August 22, 2020
Kobe's Lasting Impact: pic.twitter.com/AoLXfir9Ou
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Happy Birthday, Kobe. 💛💜 pic.twitter.com/5qw7MfAm9A— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) August 23, 2020
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Happy birthday brother.— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) August 23, 2020
Kobe taught us to be better. A better scorer, better mentor, better father, better champion. Today, on his birthday, we continue his endless pursuit of better. 💜💛 #MambaMentality #TeamNike @Nike @nikebasketball pic.twitter.com/M7OiPrA4F0
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It’s 8:24 on his #Birthday. Its the first time I will not be able 2 say #HappyBirthday I will never get use tothat. We think about you often To Vanessa & the girls we r always here for you I know U will be strong because he is part of you. To Joe & Pam I understand. We ❤️U #Kobe pic.twitter.com/Uy0tdZlpd8— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) August 23, 2020
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Was never not around Kobe and wasn't in awe!! He made everyone want to be better. Happy birthday giant!!! 😪🙌🏾🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/yBxf7tVNQO— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) August 23, 2020
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Happy Birthday We miss You Kobe!! You set the bar, inspired & influenced so many! You personified true greatness and leave a legacy any hooper would dream of! On what would have been your 42nd Birthday we honor you!! #RIP #Mamba #KobeForever— Quentin Richardson (@QRich) August 23, 2020
Michael Jordan Shares His Last Ever Text Conversation With Kobe Bryant was originally published on cassiuslife.com