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Tracy McGrady in tears remembering good friend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna | The Jump

Jun 04, 2021
and now we welcome Kobe's old

friend

T Mac. I appreciate him joining us from his home in Houston, Texas, and just hearing a voice like that from Rad is a new back and forth the way you guys they always did. What goes through their minds. I am devastated. like everyone else, I mean, I think I'm the only person who has the connection that no one else has with Kobe and I used to stay at his house with Pam Joe Shea shreya and you know, I just remember us the moment I walked in. through those doors like it was just an instant link, so you know the stories he could tell being there and watching Karate movies and watching home videos of Michael Jordan and he'd watch a certain part, stop to the right and then we'd roll the tape .
tracy mcgrady in tears remembering good friend kobe bryant and his daughter gianna the jump
I was just like, you know what the hell you're doing and you know it was just him, he was practicing some of the things that Michael was doing, he was emulating that and this sounds crazy, but Kobe talked, talked. this I used to say all the time I want to die young and I thought I was right I used to say I want to die young I want to be immortalized and you know I want my career to be better than Michael Jordan's and I want to die young and I thought I was so crazy for saying that and when I got the news yesterday I had a dance with my

daughter

yesterday at my wife's event and they came and told me the news and I just couldn't believe it. like everyone else, but I'm devastated, I can't even imagine it and those photos of young Kobe as a teenager that, like you said, you have because he felt like you were his contemporary and that he was someone he could let in in a way that he couldn't really be no one else in those years and yes, hearing you say oh, I wanted to die young.
tracy mcgrady in tears remembering good friend kobe bryant and his daughter gianna the jump

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I want to be a legend that is totally in line with the young Kobe but the older Kobe, the Kobe that you and I spent the last year watching 40 41. One-year-old Kobe wanted to be around especially for his family. Can you tell me a little about how you've reconnected recently? I mentioned earlier on the show that these AAU tournaments aren't all texts, calls and pranks. but then they would be together in these tournaments and they would be the parents club, right, yeah, and clearly that statement was before, you know, long before kids, yeah, and I'm sure you know that once he had kids, no.
tracy mcgrady in tears remembering good friend kobe bryant and his daughter gianna the jump
I had that mentality. I know we went through our careers that allowed me to back up maybe my first two and three seasons. I probably wouldn't have made it through those seasons if it weren't for Kobe because he arrived a year before me, with the same steps straight from the top. school and you know he went through turbulent times in his rookie season and the same with myself, I used to call him a lien for advice all the time and he will give me that advice because we were brothers and I went to play for the Magia, he was playing for the Lakers and playing for championships and here I am competing and trying to win scoring titles because I'm not competing for championships and our relationship was lost because of his way of thinking and what he was trying to do. make it I was here and we're going to play you know our careers and here we are we have kids and we get together you know we went through a basketball because of our kids we're coaching our kids and you know that connection just reconnecting with him and bring back those old memories going out to watch these kids practice, you know, and I haven't planned their games, playing these games and watching my kids play seems like the best, the best and I'll sit there and watch Gigi before the game.
tracy mcgrady in tears remembering good friend kobe bryant and his daughter gianna the jump
I'll go up and give Gigi a hug and tell her you know to go out and kill him. She says, "Don't worry about that Uncle Mac. I got this and she was a special man. She was special. She was built." like Kobe or mannerism, all I mean just watching her play was like watching a young Kobe, the movement that she had when she was 13 years old. I looked at this girl and she just looks like her dad out there. I'm like, damn, she's going to be special. "I'm not going to have that chance, he's not going to have that chance for her to carry on that legacy and I was the last one she heard from me," I said and talked to Vanessa and the other three girls for about 20 minutes watching Gigi play my heart.
He dates Banessa and those girls and Pam and Joe shared Sharia. I mean, this is this, this is, this is hard, man, this is hard and that's the right thing to do, but we're so sorry because Kobe was a basketball player and a public person, but he. he was a father, husband, brother and three. I have to tell you that I rest a little easier knowing that you, your wife Clarinda, will be there to help take care of Vanessa in the future because she will need it. Can't. Even imagine Mack, thank you so much for being with us, we appreciate you, I'll see you soon and we're all sorry and the way you described your

friend

you did him a great service as you always have, thank you, thank you.

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