Today is the Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant at Staples Center.
Join us for A Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant. https://t.co/btsnvmsxYY
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) February 24, 2020
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:
Michael Jordan knows he'll be dealing with new 'crying Jordan' memes pic.twitter.com/cmprXQWAKd
— Rob Lopez (@r0bato) February 24, 2020
“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.
“As I got to know him, I wanted to be the best big brother that I could be.”
Michael Jordan on Kobe Bryant. pic.twitter.com/dTSp7VDosP
— NBA TV (@NBATV) February 24, 2020