Michael Jordan Gave Kobe Bryant the Best Send-off Before His Last Game in Charlotte: “I Am a Big Fan, I Still Love Watching You Play”

Published 12/28/2021, 3:30 PM EST
Kobe Bryant (8) of the Los Angeles Lakers shares a laugh with Michael Jordan (23) of the Washington Wizards during the game at Staples Center (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)


Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant are two names that always come up during the GOAT conversations. Jordan has been more successful in terms of trophies, Kobe had his loyalty and longevity. However, the two had a lot of respect for each other, both on and off the court.

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Kobe Bryant spent 20 years with the Lakers in the NBA and is only behind five players in the all-time seasons played list. His last season wasn’t something that the Lakers enjoyed in terms of results.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – DECEMBER 14: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers waves to the crowd after passing Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list with a free throw in the second quarter of the game on December 14, 2014 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

The Lakers finished 17-65 during the 2015-16 season, their worst record in the franchise history. But Lakers fans enjoyed every single game of Kobe as it was his last season in the NBA. Jordan, the owner of Charlotte Hornets, also prepared a short farewell for Kobe when he played his last game in Charlotte.

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Michael Jordan and his farewell message for Kobe Bryant before his last game in Charlotte

On this day, 6 years ago, Kobe Bryant played his last game in Charlotte. Michael Jordan is the majority owner of the Charlotte-based franchise and decided to prepare a farewell for Kobe before that match. Jordan had a heartwarming message for Kobe before that game and admitted that he has been a big fan of Kobe.

“I’ve always been like a big brother, like a little brother. We communicate all the time.” Jordan said. “I want to congratulate you, Vanessa, and the girls. You’ve been a big help to the game of basketball. You helped NBA, you helped promoted, pretty sure you got a lot of fans all over the world. I’m a big fan, I still love watching you play.”

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Indeed, Jordan spoke for all of us. Everyone enjoyed Kobe’s last season to its fullest despite the Lakers going through a tough time. The environment around the franchise wasn’t good due to the past few disappointing seasons.

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However, no one was prepared for Kobe’s retirement and his last season was something everyone wanted to carry in their hearts. That’s how loved he was throughout the globe. In the season finale, it was a perfect farewell to Kobe as he scored a season-high 60 points against Utah Jazz.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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