A tearful Michael Jordan celebrated the life of his “very close friend” Kobe Bryant in an emotional eulogy Monday at the public memorial for Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, in Los Angeles.
“Kobe was my dear friend, he was like my little brother, Everyone always wanted to talk about the comparisons between he and I. I just wanted to talk about Kobe,” Jordan said at Staples Center, where thousands gathered to honor the five-time NBA champion and loving father known as “Black Mamba.”
Bryant’s longtime idol praised his remarkable passion for the game and life, noting how he used to call at all times looking for advice and perspective.
“I took great pride as I got to know Kobe Bryant that he was just trying to be a better person,” Jordan said. “A better basketball player. We talked about business, we talked about family. We talked about everything. And he was just trying to be a better person.”