Kobe Bryant and Michael Jackson were really close friends. Jackson himself called Bryant up as a rookie and gave him words of encouragement. Kobe also revealed how MJ was a really nice person and the friendship the two shared: “Beyond the genius of what he was, he was just a genuinely, genuinely nice person.
Did Kobe ever meet Michael Jackson?
“I thought I was working hard until I met him,” said Bryant. He also shared a story about hanging out with Jackson at Neverland Ranch. They did the zoo, watched movies in Jackson’s theater, and had dinner, but the onsite gas station amazed him.
Did Kobe Bryant have a mentor?
“Michael Jackson was probably the biggest mentor I’ve ever had,” Bryant says. “That phone call in Gold’s Gym literally changed my life.” The man Kobe dubbed the “greatest influence of my life” is gone.
What did MJ say about Kobe death?
Michael Jordan was emotional while honoring Kobe Bryant during Monday’s memorial service at the Staples Center. “When Kobe Bryant died, a piece of me died,” Jordan said. “And as I look in this arena and across the globe, a piece of you died.”