The bond between MJ and Kobe Bryant is a really special one. It’s only befitting that Michael Jordan inducts his pupil into the Hall of Fame.
If you electronically superimposed Kobe Bryant onto some of Michael Jordan’s famous plays, it would be practically impossible to tell the difference between the two. Such was the level of hard work that Bryant put in to emulate MJ.
Kobe played 20 years in the NBA, and he grew from the shadow of MJ to becoming the face of the league in what seemed like a flash. The 2000s are Kobe’s era if they truly belonged to any single player.
Bryant’s impact on future generations of basketball players is immense. Kobe has inspired most of the league’s All-Star guards today at some level. He was a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame based on just his achievements with jersey number 8.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 15, 2021
Michael Jordan to usher Kobe Bryant on his Hall of Fame induction
Kobe often called MJ his big brother, talking about all the mentorship the Bulls legend gave him. It can’t be more fitting that Bryant’s own idol and mentor will be the one giving him his greatest honor.
Michael Jordan has often stated that Kobe Bryant is the only modern player to have put in work like him. He also said Kobe might be the only player to beat him one-on-one because he ‘steals all his moves’.
Big brother (Michael Jordan) presenting his little brother (Kobe Bryant) is how it should be.
— Dre Day (@ddpage369) April 15, 2021
We’ve all heard Jordan’s emotional, moving speech from the Kobe tribute last year. MJ gave us a whole new ‘crying Jordan’ memeface that admittedly didn’t catch on like the first one. We can fully expect Jordan to once again get emotional while honoring his mentee with an induction.