Many people forget that Kobe was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets. Barring a Vlade Divac trade, the Hornets would have been the home of the Mamba for the early part of his career.
With the announcement of his retirement, many teams have stopped the game to acknowledge Kobe, but with all the history between these two franchises, the Hornets did something special for Bryant.
Instead of showing highlights from Bryant's 20-season career, the team showed a nearly 1-minute, 40-second video message from Michael Jordan, the Hornets' chairman and the player to whom Bryant has long been compared.
"Most people don't realize you were drafted by the Charlotte Hornets, so that connects us with you. I've always been like a big brother to you, [and you're] like a little brother. We communicate all the time. I just want to say congratulations. Your next step in your next career is going to be something that I'm pretty sure you're going to have to figure out. From a competitive standpoint, I'm pretty sure you're just like me. You're going to have to find other ways to utilize that competitive drive," said Jordan.
It's great to see Mike take time out to show love to the best guard that has graced the league since he retired.