Michael Jordan wasn’t in the building for Kobe Bryant’s last game versus the Hornets, but he did leave a message for the man so many have compared to him:
Jordan notes the connection of the Hornets being the team that drafted Bryant (although the franchise that selected him now plays in New Orleans), and mentions the bond the two have built over the years, offering his support if the Mamba should need it and noting that finding an outlet for his intense competitiveness is a big challenge after hanging up the sneakers for good.
Along with Jordan’s message, Charlotte gave him an introduction befitting a member of the home team, as opposed to the opposition. It was a nice touch all around from the resurgent Hornets, now 17-13 after winning the game, 108-98, on the back of 38 points, six rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks from Kemba Walker.
As for Bryant, he wasn’t able to continue his own resurgence, going just 5-20 from the floor, and 3-12 from beyond the arc, for 20 points overall in 32 minutes. No other Laker scored more than 12 points, as the team fell to 5-27 on the season.