KEY POINTS

  • Michael Jordan will induct the late Kobe Bryant into the Hall of Fame
  • Joran reveals last messages with Bryant before the Lakers legend passed away
  • Jordan feels honored to be asked by Vanessa Bryant to represent their family at the Hall of Fame ceremony

Memories of the late Kobe Bryant are still remembered to this day, and only a few were able to personally have direct communication with the Los Angeles Lakers great.

At the top of the list is NBA great Michael Jordan, someone that has been often compared to the “Black Mamba.”

Although they had a short spell of playing against each other in the NBA, there was no denying that the former Chicago Bulls star had a good relationship with Bryant afterward.

Hence, it came to no surprise that Jordan was picked by Bryant's Vanessa to present the late, great player who was nominated as a first-ballot entry to the Hall of Fame in December 2019, ESPN reported.

Bryant is set to be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 15.

It appears Jordan already had an idea he would be asked by Vanessa and admitted he is honored to be chosen, likening it standing up for a family member.

“And I can only repay that by showing my support and admiration for a guy who I felt was one of the greatest to ever play the game,” Jordan stated.

Aside from that, Jordan also shared some text conversations he had with Bryant before the Lakers legend passed away.

One included a bottle of Cincoro Tequila on Dec. 8, 2019. Bryant thanked Jordan for the gift to which Jordan responded by saying: “Thank you, my brother.”

kobe jordan Bryant and Jordan share words during the 1998 NBA All-Star Game. Photo: Reuters

Furthermore, there was also an exchange between Jordan and Bryant who was coaching his daughter Gigi at that time.

Jordan greeted Bryant for the holidays, referring to him as “Coach Kobe” along with some crying and laughing emojis.

Below was the future NBA Hall of Famer’s response.

“Ah, back at you, man,” Kobe texted. “Hey, coach, I’m sitting on the bench right now, and we’re blowing this team out. 45-8.”

For Jordan, it was something that showed the competitive nature of Bryant–either as a player and as a coach.