Michael Jordan's Farewell Message For Kobe Proves Real Recognizes Real (Video)

by Adam Silvers
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Last night, the Kobe Bryant farewell tour made its stop in Charlotte, North Carolina where Bryant's Lakers took on the Michael Jordan-owned Hornets.

Before the game, the GOAT, Jordan, appeared on the arena jumbotron to share a touching message with Kobe.

In his tribute, MJ compared his relationship with the Black Mamba to that of two brothers, stated how he saw the competitiveness in Kobe's eyes the first time they matched up and revealed how proud he is of all Kobe accomplished.

MJ also touched on how much he struggled to find an outlet for his competitive nature once he retired, something he thinks Kobe will have to deal with as well.

Finally, MJ reminded Kobe the most important thing to do this year is just have fun. Take it one game at a time, he said, and don't get injured.

Following MJ's heartfelt words, the stadium PA announcer gave a special intro for Bryant, one of the greatest basketball players the world has ever known.

If this isn't one of the greatest examples of real recognizing real, I don't know what is.

Citations: Watch Michael Jordan's Heartfelt Tribute to Kobe Bryant (Sole Collector)