Kobe Bryant on Michael Jordan: 'I Don't Get 5 Championships Here Without Him'

Megan ArmstrongSenior Analyst IIMay 4, 2020

Former Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant listens to a question as he meets with students at Andrew Hamilton School in Philadelphia, Thursday, March 21, 2019. Kobe Bryant was promoting the book The Wizenard Series: Training Camp he created with writer Wesley King. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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Episode 5 of The Last Dance was dedicated to the late Kobe Bryant.

Toward the beginning of the episode, Bryant dedicated his Hall of Fame Los Angeles Lakers career to Michael Jordan:

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"I don't get five championships here without him." #TheLastDance https://t.co/RLcN0gmDrv

"He's like my big brother," Bryant said. "I truly hate having discussions about who would win one-on-one. You heard fans saying, 'Hey, Kob, you beat Michael one-on-one.' I feel like, yo, what you get from me is from him. I don't get five championships here without him because he guided me so much and gave so much great advice."

The Last Dance is a 10-part documentary series airing on ESPN through May 17. Bryant was one of over 100 people interviewed before he died in a helicopter crash Jan. 26 at 41 years old.

Jordan spoke at the Celebration of Life for Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, on Feb. 24 and reiterated the brotherly relationship the two had:

Comparisons have always been drawn between Bryant and Jordan:

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MJ looked at Kobe like his little brother. The respect was always mutual 🙏 https://t.co/Wbv1ocgu2i

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Different animal, same beast. https://t.co/U43lWf1153

Jordan is one of five players in NBA history to have won six championships, while Bryant finished as one of 12 players to capture five rings. The former was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009, and Bryant was selected posthumously April 4.