Bryant and Jordan’s friendship depicted in ESPN documentary

Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant's relationship was way more than an on-court relationship. Sunday's "The Last Dance" episodes chronicled the friendship.

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May 4, 2020 - 9:52 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, left, and the Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan talk during a free-throw attempt on December 17, 1997, at the United Center in Chicago. Photo by Vincent Laforet/AFP/Getty Images/TNS

LOS ANGELES — In February, while delivering a stunning eulogy at Kobe Bryant’s memorial service, Michael Jordan cried.

On Sunday, in an equally revealing moment involving the two NBA legends, Michael Jordan ripped him.

It was in a video from 1998, in New York’s Madison Square Garden, before the only NBA All-Star game featuring both men. Jordan, sitting in the East locker room, was chasing down his sixth championship. Bryant, sitting down the hall in the West locker room, was a 19-year-old prodigy whose self-assurance was resented by his peers.

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