• Michael Jordan talked about Kobe Bryant’s passion to improve his game
  • MJ made it a point that he is aware of the crying meme that’s circling on the internet
  • He called Kobe as his “little brother”

NBA Players, Staff, and Celebrities found themselves gathered for “A Celebration of Life: Kobe & Gianna Bryant” inside the arena that he built for the past two decades.

In his 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, the fans have seen a familiar fade-away that only two players perfected — Kobe and Michael Jordan — and MJ took his time in giving a eulogy for whom he treated more than just a competitor and a friend.

“Kobe was my dear friend, he was like a little brother,” said the Chicago Bulls legend.

Jordan shared a story of how passionate Kobe was in improving his game and to be the best hooper that he can be, saying that Kobe used to call and text him late night and early morning about working on the post. “He used to call me, text me, 11:30, 2:30, 3 o’clock in the morning talking about post up moves footwork, and sometimes the training,” MJ said per his speech transcript posted on Los Angeles Times.

“If you love something, if you have a strong passion for something, you would go to the extreme to try to understand or try to get it,” shared the owner of the Charlotte Hornets.

While some are deeply touched about MJ’s touching eulogy as tears roll down from his eyes, he is also aware that there is another side waiting to unravel as he takes the podium in tears. “Now he’s got me. I’ll have to look at another crying meme for the next …” before loud cheers and laughter that brought Staples Center down where even Kobe’s wife Vanessa was also seen smiling. “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.”

MJ may have used to seeing it making rounds on the internet for more than a decade now when he found himself in tears before his speech after being inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame per Mashable reports.

And the media and fans alike found the joke hilarious and they went to Twitter to share their thoughts.

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NBA Hall of Famer and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan walks off the court during the NBA All-Star Game 2016 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Feb. 14, 2016. Elsa/Getty Images