'i just cant delete it' michael jordan refuses to erase final kobe texts from phone

Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant [photo courtesy]>

Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant [photo courtesy]

by Beatrice Ambasa May 19, 2021

Michael Jordan is still so torn up over losing Kobe Bryant, he says he can't bring himself to erase the final text messages he received from the Lakers legend just days before his death.

The N.B.A.'s G.O.A.T. revealed this week his last talks with Bryant went down on Dec. 8, 2019, just 49 days before Kobe and his daughter, Gianna, were killed in a helicopter crash.

Jordan told ESPN's Jackie MacMullen the convo was simple, Kobe complimented his new tequila, asked about his family, and commented on coaching Gianna's girl's basketball team.

"This tequila is awesome," Jordan said Kobe texted after he had sent over a bottle.

"Thank you, my brother," Jordan says he responded.

"Yes, sir. Family good?" Kobe replied.

"All good. Yours?"

"All good."

Jordan continued. "Happy holidays, and hope to catch up soon. Coach Kobe??!"

"Ah, back at you, man," M.J. says Kobe wrote back. "Hey, coach, I'm sitting on the bench right now, and we're blowing this team out. 45-8."

Jordan says the messages -- particularly the one about dominating with Gianna's team -- mean a lot to him -- explaining, "I just love that text because it shows Kobe's competitive nature."

Jordan added, "I don't know why, but I just can't delete it."