Michael Jordan pays tribute to Kobe Bryant

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Kobe Bryant farewell tour rolled into Charlotte last night, the city that originally drafted Kobe before trading him to the Lakers. Today the Hornets are owned by Michael Jordan, the man who influenced Kobe both on and off the court. And while Jordan was unable to be in attendance at the game last night, he recorded the following video tribute to Kobe that was played on the scoreboard before the game.

As Kobe said after the game, he fully enjoyed the video

“It was awesome. It was awesome,” Bryant said. “He and I — as he said in the video — we talk pretty often. But it was pretty funny to see some of the reactions of my teammates. I was sitting next to Julius Randle before the game. He was like, ‘Yo, that’s amazing!’ I was like, ‘What?’ [He said] ‘That was Michael Jordan!'”

Bryant added, “We talk fairly often. I know he’s enjoying a little vacation time. I told him I was a little jealous. He said, ‘You’ll be here soon enough.'”

Also, Nick Young had an appropriately swaggy take on the tribute…


  1. johnnytc1 says:

    MJ still loves Kobe. Doesn’t like da king.

  2. Akrons Big Mike #1fan of LBJ says:

    The King loves both, M. J. and Kobe. I’m quite sure they both had an influence on His life while growing up in the Akron area.. I never heard the King speak poison on anybody. That’s the gentleman that he is. I’m proud of him and will always give him total respect like so many like me. Keep-on King

  3. tagabukidph says:

    lakers vs hornets, w steph curry moonlighting as a camera man…

  4. caring13 says:

    12.30.2015 – When the Lakers played the Sixers in Philadelphia not too long ago, the Sixers actually Won that game, and it was their first win of the season. My boyfriend and I are in agreement that the main reason the Sixers won that night was because Kobe Bryant was in the house. We feel Mr. Bryant’s presence Alone was Major motivation for the Sixers to play better than usual . . . . and they Did. Thank you, Mr. Bryant, for that motivation. We would also like to thank you for, like MJ, your contribution to the Great sport of Basketball throughout your Impressive and Wonderful NBA career. You Will be inducted into the Hall of Fame for your many achievements.

  5. johnnytc1 says:

    We all have to be nice to da king today. it’s his birthday. king, 31???????…. Not convinced.