Jordan, who will introduce Bryant to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, shared the posts with ESPN dated December 8, 2019 – 49 days before his death.
In the posts – which Jordan admits he couldn’t bring himself to delete – Bryant praised Jordan’s Cincoro Tequila, a bottle of which was sent to Bryant at the launch.
“This tequila is awesome,” wrote the former Los Angeles Laker.
After inquiring about how his daughter Gigi’s training went, Bryant complained to Jordan – his former mentor and friend – about a game he was participating in.
“Hey, coach, I’m sitting on the bench right now, and we’re blowing this team up. 45-8. “
And that was Bryant in a nutshell, according to the six-time NBA champion.
“I love this text,” Jordan told ESPN, “because it shows the competitive nature of Kobe. “
Bryant and Gigi were among nine people killed on January 26, 2020 when a helicopter crashed into a hill in Calabasas, California.
Jordan spoke emotionally for over 11 minutes at the Bryant Memorial in Los Angeles, describing him as a little brother.
“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,” he said.
“I promise you that from that 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.
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Bryant’s family chose Jordan to present him at the May 15 ceremony at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut, according to a statement from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The five-time NBA champion and the fourth highest scorer in NBA history was elected to the Hall of Fame last April in his first year of eligibility.
The inauguration ceremony for Bryant and the Hall of Fame class of 2020, which includes players Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and 10-time WNBA All-Star Tamika Catchings, has been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.