Michael Jordan remembers Kobe Bryant in beautiful tribute
I'm grateful to Vanessa and Bryan family for the opportunity to speak today I'm grateful to be here Jonna Gigi and celebrate the gift that
Kobegave us all what he had come that's the basketball player as a businessman and a storyteller and as a father in the game of basketball in life as a parent
Kobeleft nothing in the tank he left it all on the floor maybe it surprised people that
Kobeand our were very close friends but we were very close friends
Kobe's was my dear friend he was like a little brother everyone always wanted to talk about the comparisons between he and I I just wanted to talk about
Kobeyou know all of us have brothers sisters little brothers little sisters who for whatever reason always tend to get in your stuff your closet your shoes everything it was a nuisance if I can say that word but that nuisance turned into love over a period of time just because the admiration that they have for you as Big Brothers Big Sisters the questions they're wanting to know every little detail about life that they were about to embark on he used to call me text me 11:30 2:30 3 o'clock in the morning talking about post up moves footwork and sometimes the triangle at first it was an aggravation but it then it turned into a certain passion this kid had passion like you would never know and so it's amazing thing about passing if you love something if you have a strong passion for something you would go to the extreme try to try to understand or try...
to get it either ice cream colas hamburgers whatever you have a love for you've got the wok you would go get it if you have to beg son you would go get it what
Bryantwas to me was the inspiration that someone truly cared about the way I either play the game or the way that he wanted to play the game he wanted to be the best basketball player that he could be and as I got to know him I wanted to be the best big brother that I could be to do that you had to put up with the aggravation the late-night calls for the dumb questions I took great pride as I got to know
Bryantthat he was just trying to be a better person 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 now he's got me I'll have to look at another crime mean for the mix I told my wife I wasn't gonna do this because I didn't want to see that for the next three or four years that is what
Bryantdoes to me I'm pretty sure of Vanessa and his friends all can say the same thing he knows how to get to you in a way that affects you personally even though if he's being a pain in the ass but if she always ever has sense of love for him and the way that he can bring out the best in you and he did that for me I remember maybe a couple of months ago he sends me a text and he said I'm trying to teach my daughter some moves and I don't know what I was thinking or what I was working...
on but what would you what were you thinking about when you were trying to as you were growing up trying to work on your moves I say what age he says 12 I said 12 I was trying to play baseball he sends me a text back saying laughing my ass off and this is at two o'clock in the morning but the thing about him was we could talk about anything that related to basketball but we can talk about anything that related to life and we as we grow up in life really have friends that we can have conversations like that well it's even rare when you can grow up against adversaries and have conversations like that I went and saw Phil Jackson in 1999 or maybe mm I don't know when Phil was here in LA and I walk in and
Kobesitting there and the first thing I'm in a soup first thing
Kobesaid did you bring your shoes no I wasn't thinking about playing but his attitude to compete and play against someone he felt like he can enhance and improve his game work to me that's what I loved about the kid absolutely loved about it the kid no matter where he saw me it was a challenge and I admired him because his passion you rarely see someone who's looking and trying to improve each and every day not just in sports but as a parent as a husband I am inspired about what he's done and what he shared with Vanessa and what he shared with his kids I have a daughter who is thirty who just became a grandparent and I have two twins I have a 22-6 I can't wait to get home to...
become a girl dad and to hug them and the see the love that didn't the smiles that they bring to us as parents he taught me that just by looking at this tonight looking at how he responded and reacted with the people they actually loved these are the things that we will continue to learn from
Bryantto Vanessa Natalia Bianca Capri my wife and I will keep you closer in our hearts in our prayers we will always be here for you always I also want to offer our condolences and support to all the families affected by this enormous tragedy
Kobegave every last ounce of himself to whatever he was doing after basketball he showed a creative side to himself that I didn't think any of us knew he had in retirement he seemed so happy he found new passions and he continued to give back as a coach in his community more importantly he was amazing dad amazing husband who dedicated himself to his family and who loved his daughters with all his heart
Kobenever left anything on the court and I think that's what he would want for us to do no one knows how much time we have that's why we must live in the moment we must enjoy the moment we must reach and see and spend as much time as we can with our families and friends and the people that we absolutely love to live in the moment means to enjoy each and every one that we come in contact with when
Bryantdied a piece of me died and as I look in 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 we learn from I promise you from this day forward I will live with the memories of knowing a little brother that I tried to help in everywhere I could please rest in peace you you