In the messages — which Jordan admits he cannot carry himself to delete — Bryant praised Jordan’s Cincoro Tequila, a bottle of which was despatched to Bryant on the launch.
“This tequila is awesome,” the previous Los Angeles Laker texted.
After enquiring about how teaching his daughter, Gigi, was going, Bryant complained to Jordan — his former mentor and buddy — a couple of sport he was at.
“Hey, coach, I’m sitting on the bench right now, and we’re blowing this team out. 45-8.”
And that was Bryant in a nutshell, in response to the six-time NBA champion.
“I just love that text,” Jordan informed ESPN, “because it shows Kobe’s competitive nature.”
Bryant and Gigi have been amongst 9 folks killed on January 26, 2020 when a helicopter crashed right into a hillside in Calabasas, California.
Jordan spoke emotionally for greater than 11 minutes at Bryant’s memorial in Los Angeles, describing him as just a little brother.
“When Kobe Bryant died, a piece of me died, and as I look at this arena and across the globe, a piece of you died,” he mentioned.
“I promise you, from this day forward, I will live with the memories of knowing that I had a little brother that I tried to help in every way I could. Please rest in peace, little brother.”
Bryant’s household chosen Jordan to current him on the May 15 ceremony on the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut, in response to an announcement from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The five-time NBA champion and fourth highest all-time main scorer in NBA historical past was elected into the Hall of Fame final April in his first 12 months of eligibility.
The enshrinement ceremony for Bryant and the Hall of Fame Class of 2020, which incorporates gamers Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and 10-time WNBA All-Star Tamika Catchings, was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.