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The documentary The Last Dance continues on Sunday and in the evening there are episodes 5 and 6. The fifth episode of the documentary series begins with a special dedication. In memory of former Laker star Kobe Bryant, who was killed in a helicopter crash in January.
In this episode, of course, there’ll be Kobe, and he’ll be in it. It was discovered that a week before Kobe’s death he had finished recording his interview for a documentary. We’ll get more details on M.J. and K.B.’s relationship.
Speaking with Arash Markazi of Yahoo Sports, Magic Johnson, another Lakers alumnus, told us what he thought this episode would bring to people because the relationship between Kobe and Michael was very close.
It will mean a lot to many people, especially [in Los Angeles], and it will mean a lot to Kobe fans, he said in a recent interview. They’re gonna need it. No one was involved in what happened. It will mean something to them and to all of us who are Kobe and Lakers fans.
The fifth episode is devoted to the standings of the 1997/98 NBA season, in which Kobe played his first game against all the stars and Michael his last with the Bulls.
You could see the beginning of this special relationship that was about to develop, Johnson said. Kobe respected the boys, but it was different with Jordan. He worshipped Michael in a way that set him apart from the others.
It was like: Dude, I’m trying to be like you, but I also want to show you what I got in this game of stars. I enjoyed being there and I was shown how we passed the torch to Michael at the 1992 Olympics. There are some things you never forget, and this is a moment I will never forget – the torch has gone out.
Magic revealed the details of Kobe’s relationship with Jordan, a relationship that hardly anyone knew until Jordan appeared at Bryant’s memorial service in February.
The two have never spoken about it in public, but I think they can understand each other, Johnson said. Coby wanted to reach that level. He always told me this: I want to be just like you and Michael, not just on set, but off set. That was one of the last things Kobe said to me. He was chasing those six championships and always wanted Michael’s respect.
Kobe didn’t have many friends, but he had a good friend with Michael. I think they can go places where no one else can go for those levels of conversation. He knew Michael really cared about him and vice versa, Kobe really cared about Michael.
M.J. looked at Kobe like he was his little brother. Respect has always been mutual pic.twitter.com/Wbv1ocgu2i.
– 2. Clipper Report (@BleacherReport) May 2020.
They were very close: Coby called M.J. his big brother and Mike called Black Mamba his little brother. They are the two greatest players of all time. They did a lot of good in their time of activity, and they had a lot in common in their games. We all know how important Kobe and Jordan were to the basketball game. Now we discover how important they were in everyone’s life.
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