Spurs players react to Michael Jordan’s powerful eulogy for Kobe Bryant
San Antonio Spurs players Rudy Gay, DeMar DeRozan, and Dejounte Murray, along with head coach Gregg Popovich and legends Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili, were at Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant’s memorial on Monday. Like everyone in attendance and who watched online, they were moved by Michael Jordan’s eulogy for Kobe.
Bryant is the closest thing we will likely ever see to Jordan. Kobe certainly left an incredible legacy both on and off the court, and he’ll be remembered as one of the most iconic athletes in the history of sports given what he did for so many people in the game.
“Besides Vanessa, it would be probably MJ getting up there, his idol, speaking for him, speaking on his behalf,” Gay said, via the San Antonio Express News. “It was kind of weird, seeing somebody we all grew up watching, at least in my era. It was touching.”
“It was special,” Murray said of Jordan’s eulogy. “I think it was needed for the whole NBA family, the world, period, the fans. Because you never get to hear MJ talk a lot. He doesn’t do the social media stuff, so as a fan of him, as a fan of the game, and knowing how this is a brotherhood and just seeing him go and express himself and tell personal stories, it was just special.”
Jordan joked about his infamous crying meme during his moving speech as well. The joke got quite the reaction from the crowd.
In 1,346 career games for the Lakers, Bryant cemented himself as one of the greatest Lakers of all time, and arguably the greatest. He finished with career averages of 25.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game.
The 6-foot-6 shooting guard was an 18-time All-Star, two-time scoring champion, 15-time All-NBA team member, two-time Finals MVP, and five-time champion with the Purple and Gold.