The NBA legend and Hornets owner recorded a video addressed to Bryant that flashed across the Jumbotron at Time Warner Cable Arena before tipoff. Jordan compared Bryant to a little brother, congratulated the five-time NBA champion on his career and noted he is looking forward to seeing what Bryant will do next.
Bryant, whose affinity for Jordan has been well documented, watched the message from the Lakers bench:
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Michael Jordan pays his respects to Kobe Bryant before his final game in Charlotte. 💯 #Legends https://t.co/7W1jKpGTvN2015-12-29 00:34:29