Today is the Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant at Staples Center.

It’s included many speakers from the world of basketball, including Michael Jordan, who understandably broke down as he was offering his own remembrances. Jordan then acknowledged what it meant for Michael Jordan to be in tears, nodding to the meme that he of all people would probably be most tired of seeing:

“Now he’s got me…I’ll have to look at another crying meme for the next…(massive applause/laughter) I told my wife I wasn’t going to do this because I didn’t want to see that for the next three or four years.”

That’s tremendous, and certainly well within the spirit of a celebration. Credit Jordan for joking about it, sure, but credit him more for being there and offering his commemoration.

UPDATE: Here’s Jordan’s speech in full.

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