Michael Jordan : "I loved Kobe — he was like a little brother to me."

Michael Jordan : "I loved Kobe — he was like a little brother to me."




Arguably one of the best players who played the game, fierce competitor, and best known for his Mamba mentality.

The world will surely miss Kobe Bryant, at a young age of 41 years old he died in a S-76 helicopter crash in California Sunday. He was with her daughter 13 year old Gianna Bryant along with the pilot and 8 other passengers- there no survivors, according to local authorities.



“For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with an absolute devotion to winning,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.

Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant during an All Star game.
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“He was one of the most extraordinary players in the history of our game with accomplishments that are legendary. … He will be remembered most for inspiring people around the world to pick up a basketball and compete to the very best of their ability. He was generous with the wisdom he acquired and saw it as his mission to share it with future generations of players, taking special delight in passing down his love of the game to Gianna.”

Michael Jordan is in shock

Kobe Bryant entered the NBA straight from High School, was a 13th pick by the Charlotte Hornets in the 1996 draft, but was immediately traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, where he spent his entire 20-year basketball career.



Bryant, a shooting guard patterned his game after the most iconic and considered by many as the GOAT ( Greatest Of All Time), Michael Jordan.



Jordan in a statement that was provided to the press said he was in shock over the tragic death of Kobe and his daughter Gianna.

He describes Kobe as “a fierce competitor, one of the greatest of the game and a creative force”



“I am in shock over the tragic news of Kobe’s and Gianna’s passing. Words can’t describe the pain I’m feeling.I loved Kobe — he was like a little brother to me. We used to talk often, and I will miss those conversations very much. He was a fierce competitor, one of the greatest of the game and a creative force. Kobe was also an amazing dad who loved his family deeply — and took great pride in his daughter’s love for the game of basketball. Yvette joins me in sending my deepest condolences to Vanessa, the Lakers organization and basketball fans around the world.”


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