Michael Jordan did not mask his emotions during the celebration of Monday’s life for fellow NBA legend Kobe Bryant.
The former Chicago Bull broke into tears as he paid homage to the late Laker at the monument in the Staples’ Center in LA.
After talking about what a privilege it was to get to know Bryant, whom he called his “little brother,” a crying Jordan took a moment to ease the mood.
“Now I have to look at another crying meme …” he said, nodding at the long-circulating “Crying Jordan” meme – a beloved reaction image of the athlete who broke down during his Basketball Hall of Fame 2009 induction ceremony.
A moment of lightness: a tearing Michael Jordan eased the mood at the public monument of Kobe Bryant with a well-timed reference to the ‘Crying Jordan’ meme
Original: the meme started as a reaction image of the athlete who broke during his induction ceremony to see Basketball Hall of Fame 2009 above
Jordan’s tears flowed when he told his relationship with Bryant and described him as a “little brother.”
“I was very proud when I met Kobe Bryant that he was just trying to become a better person, a better basketball player. We were talking about business. We were talking about family. We talked about everything. He was just trying to be a better person, “Michael said.
While he continued to cry, the big basketball said, “I have to look at another crying meme for the next one [few years]… “
The audience burst into applause at the reference.
Michael went on and said, “I told my wife I wouldn’t do this … because I didn’t [want to see this] for the next three or four years! “
“That’s what Kobe Bryant does to me,” he continued.
Family: Jordan’s tears flowed when he told his relationship with Bryant and described him as a “little brother”
Friendly competition: the friends and rivals on the field are seen together in 1997 above
Close band: ‘I was very proud when I met Kobe Bryant that he was just trying to become a better person, a better basketball player. We were talking about business. We were talking about family. We talked about everything. He was just trying to be a better person, “Michael said
Updated version: Continue to cry, the big basketball said: “I have to look at another crying meme for the next one [few years]… “
So sad: the audience burst into applause at the reference
Emotionally: “That’s what Kobe Bryant does to me,” he continued
Michael Jordan’s tribute to Kobe Bryant
“I am grateful to be here to honor Gigi and celebrate the gift that Kobe has given us all. What he accomplished as a basketball player, as a businessman, as a storyteller and as a father. In the basketball game, in life and as a parent, Kobe left nothing in the tank. He left everything on the floor.
“Maybe it’s a surprise for people that Kobe and I were very good friends, but we were very good friends. Kobe was my good friend, he was like a little brother.
‘Everyone always wanted to talk about the comparisons between him and me. I just wanted to talk about Kobe.
“You know we all have brothers and sisters. Little brothers, little sisters who, for whatever reason, end up in your things, your closet, your shoes, everything. It was annoying if I could say that word.
Emotional: Michael Jordan was buried when he paid tribute to Kobe Bryant during a celebration of his life on February 24, 2020 at Staples Center in Los Angeles
“But over time, the nuisance turned into love. Simply because the admiration they had for you as a big brother or big sister. The questions, wanting to know every little detail about the life they started. He called me at 11.30 am at half past one in the morning. Talking about post-up movements, footwork and sometimes the triangle.
“In the beginning it was an exacerbation. But then it became a certain passion. This boy was passionate, as you would never know.
“It’s amazing about passion. If you love something, if you have a strong passion for something, you go to the extreme to try to understand or try to get it. Either ice cream, cola, hamburgers, whatever you like, if you had to walk, you’d go get it. If you have to beg someone, you get it.
“What Kobe Bryant was to me was the inspiration that someone really gave to the way I played the game or the way he wanted to play it. He wanted to be the best basketball player he could be. And when I met him, I wanted to be the best big brother I could be.
‘To do that, you had to endure the aggravation, the late night visits or the stupid questions.
“I was very proud when I met Kobe Bryant that he was just trying to become a better person, a better basketball player. We were talking about business. We were talking about family. We talked about everything. He just tried to be a better person.
“Now he has me, next time I have to look at another crying meme … I told my wife I wasn’t going to do this,” because I didn’t want to see that for the next three or four years.
“That’s how much Kobe meant to me. I’m pretty sure Vanessa and all his friends can all say the same thing. He knows how to reach you in a way that affects you personally, even though he was a pain in the a **, but you have a feeling of love for him and
Bryant’s tribute was full of famous celebrities from both the entertainment and sports worlds.
Superstar Beyonce looked at the sky as she started the day’s celebrations.
The pop star wore a golden suit while giving passionate performances of her hits XO and Halo, supported by dozens of backup musicians.
Teammate: Kobe’s years-long teammate Shaquille O’Neal also spoke
Celebration of life: Beyonce looks to the sky while honoring her deceased friend Kobe Bryant at his public Los Angeles memorial on Monday
Powerful: she took the stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and opened the procedure
Tribute: The pop star wore a gold suit while giving passionate performances of her hits XO and Halo, supported by dozens of backup musicians
As she sang, she blew kisses in the crowd, where Kobe’s wife Vanessa Bryant sat with her family.
“I am here because I love Kobe and this was one of his favorite songs,” Beyonce shared with the large crowd and asked them to sing along.
After Alicia Keys paid tribute to Kobe. The New York-born singer came on stage to perform one of the “favorite songs” of the NBA legend during a celebration of life for the superstar athlete and his daughter Gianna in Los Angeles.
Keys, 39, wore a purple silk silk suit to perform a moving rendition of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, supported by a small orchestra.
In memory: Alicia Keys performed an emotional rendition of the Beethoven classic Moonlight Sonata during a tribute to the life of the late basketball star in LA on Monday
The farewell: Christina Aguilera was the last performer at the celebration of the life ceremony for Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna that was held Monday at the Staple Center in Los Angeles
As she performed, she looked up at the sky and folded her hands in prayer, recalling the athlete.
Christina Aguilera was the last performer at the celebration of the life ceremony for Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter.
The Grammy-winning artist sang a very genuine version of Franz Schubert’s classic Ave Maria, all in Italian, with an orchestra behind her, as well as dozens of red roses and white candles.
The sold-out service took place in the downtown arena where Bryant played 17 seasons for his two-decades NBA career for the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant and his daughter were killed among nine people January 26 in a helicopter crash.
Moving: Vanessa Bryant honored her daughter Gianna and husband Kobe in a speech
The hall was a sea of people dressed in the team colors purple and yellow and others in black. On the scoreboard, the life of the Bryant family flashes by in photos: Bryant with his wife and Gianna, the whole family in costumes, Gianna in the field, baby photos of Gianna and her father.
The service started only a few hours after Vanessa Bryant sued the owner of the helicopter that crashed into the fog last month. The illegal death penalty claimed that the pilot, Ara Zobayan, was careless and negligent by flying in cloudy conditions.
In the arena, fans were given a program with photos, a purple KB pin and a T-shirt with photos of the father and daughter. The hall was a sea of purple, gold and black clothing.
The service will consist of speakers reflecting on the impact of Kobe Bryant on his sport and the world, along with music and retrospectives on Bryant’s performance on the pitch. Bryant became active in film, television and writing after he retired from basketball in 2016.
The Bryant family, dozens of sports greats and many important figures in Bryant’s public life were expected.
Money from ticket sales had to be given to the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation, which supports youth sports programs in disadvantaged communities and teaches girls and women sport.
Support: Beyonce sat next to Vanessa to support her while they mourned for Kobe
Packed: There was no empty seat in the sold-out stadium
Public ceremony: a private funeral was held on February 7 for Kobe and Gianna Bryant in Orange County
Sellers sold flowers, Lakers scarves and commemorative newspapers and jerseys. Buses rode up and down Figueroa Street with their signs lit with ‘RIP KOBE’.
Bryant played his entire 20-year NBA career with the Lakers, who moved from the Forum to Staples Center when it opened in 1999. The two retired NBA champion numbers for the two NBA champions – 8 and 24 – hang high above the arena where he became the third leading scorer in competition history until Lakers star LeBron James passed him on the night before Bryant’s death.
Bryant’s death caused an outpouring of grief in Los Angeles, where he continued to retire the most popular athlete in the city. Dozens of public memorials and murals have been installed around the vast metropolis and thousands of fans gathered daily outside Staples Center to feel sorry for the crash.
Symbolic meanings will go through the entire ceremony, which will be held on a 24 foot by 24 foot stage. Vanessa Bryant, Kobe’s wife and Gianna’s mother, chose February 24 as the date in honor of the uniform numbers of Kobe and Gianna, who were number 2 in her youth basketball teams.
On February 7, a private funeral took place in Orange County for Kobe and Gianna Bryant.
Missed a lot: Kanye West, Kim and Khloe Kardashian and Kris Jenner are in the crowd
Tearful: Jennifer Lopez watches her friend Vanessa speak