“Thought MJ Was Holding a Small Child”: NBA Twitter Reacts to Rare Michael Jordan-Kobe Bryant Photo

Published 01/03/2022, 1:30 PM EST


The NBA All-Star encounter is always a game to await intently. It is a glorious coming together of the league’s biggest names, as they battle for supremacy. Over the years, numerous iconic All-Star games have taken place. Among the notable entities in multiple All-Star matches, are the likes of Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, and more. There was one particular instance however, when this duo left NBA fans weak in the knees. In fact, it came in the build-up to an All-Star tussle back in 2002.

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Both Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan were no strangers to All-Star games. Two of the biggest names in the sport’s rich history, they have combined for over 30 All-Star appearances. While MJ was part of the annual encounter 14 times, Kobe was arguably the poster boy of the game itself. Before his untimely demise in early 2020, he had already earned himself an enormous fan base. Thus, it came as no surprise that a viral image of his alongside Jordan broke the internet.

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NBA fans react to iconic image of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant

Way back in 2002, both Jordan and Bryant were part of the All-Star game. While ‘Mamba’ was still part of the unforgettable Lakers setup, ‘His Airness’ had shifted bases, and was with the Washington Wizards. Yet, the pair united during the weeks building up to the face-off. As a matter of fact, both of them, along with Antoine Walker were caught chatting in the locker room nearly two decades ago.

As seen in the image, the trio are having a discussion, leaving fans salivating. It occurred in the build-up to the practice session, where the teams were gearing up for battle. Years later, the image has resurfaced, but there has been no change in the expression of fans. Many of them took to Twitter to express their love and affection for the legends of the game. While one fan commented, “I would love to find those Kobe’s,” another said, “At first glance I thought MJ was holding a small child.” Here are some of the best reactions.

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What did you think of the iconic image of Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan? Years have passed, but we all still surely miss these two on the court. Are you Team MJ or Team Kobe? Comment below.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is an NBA and Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, soccer and table tennis. Sankalp idolises Roger Federer and Stephen Curry, and has an inherent love for statistics.

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