Michael Jordan Says His Final Text Messages With Kobe Bryant Were About Good Tequila
A little over a year has passed since the tragic news of NBA star Kobe Bryant’s death made headlines. The shooting guard‘s sudden death in Calabasas, California, rocked the worlds of his family, friends, former teammates, and many of his fans. On Feb. 24, a public memorial service held at Staples Center saw various people in his life give speeches, including his wife Vanessa Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, and his longtime friend and rival Michael Jordan. The former Chicago Bulls player gave a heart-rendering speech filled with fond memories of Bryant and tears. A year later, the former shooting guard admits that he still gets choked up when he remembered Bryant.
According to Jordan, he becomes particularly emotional when reflecting on the 17-month old text messages between him and his old friend.
In a recent interview with ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan, Jordan revealed that his final messages with Bryant were about family, basketball, and tequila.
In a series of text messages that took place weeks before Bryant’s death, Jordan says that he and the late basketball icon spoke about their family and good tequila. The two basketball players last texted seven weeks before Bryant’s death on Dec. 8, 2019.
“This tequila is awesome,” Bryant wrote in a text to Jordan. The message was about Jordan’s tequila brand, which he had sent to his formal rival.
In response, Jordan said, “Thank you, my brother.”
Bryant: “Yes, sir. Family good?”
Jordan: “All good. Yours?”
Bryant “All good.”
“He was just so happy,” Jordan explained to MacMullan. “He was doing so well.”
Jordan explained in his interview that at this point in his life, Bryant was fully invested in coaching his late daughter Gigi.
“Happy holidays,” Jordan went onto text Bryant in the message string, “and hope to catch up soon. Coach Kobe??!”
Bryant replied, “Ah, back at you, man. Hey, coach, I’m sitting on the bench right now, and we’re blowing this team out. 45-8.”
Jordan explained that Bryant had found so much joy in coaching his daughter’s basketball team.
Speaking about the text thread, Jordan told ESPN, “I just love that text, because it shows Kobe’s competitive nature.”
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