Rockets: Michael Jordan’s Kobe speech elevated MJ even more to Tucker

P.J. Tucker Kobe Bryant (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
P.J. Tucker Kobe Bryant (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images) /

The Houston Rockets’ P.J. Tucker recently talked about the latest episodes of “The Last Dance”, in which he discussed how Michael Jordan’s speech at Kobe’s memorial moved him.

The ESPN docu-series “The Last Dance” has the entire basketball world captivated every weekend, which couldn’t have come at a better time. With each passing episode, Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker has begun hosting “MJ Mondays” on Instagram to discuss the Michael Jordan series with special guests.

On Foot Locker’s Instagram page on Monday, Tucker was joined by rapper Bun B to talk all about episodes five and six of the series and give their thoughts about the greatness of Michael Jordan.

When the conversation shifted to the legacy of His Airness, P.J. talked about how being great is why everybody plays the game. “That’s what we do it for,” began Tucker. “To have [everybody] talk about you like that.”

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“If you want to be considered one of the greatest in basketball, you have to be compared to Michael Jordan. That’s the litmus test,” began Bun B. “Kobe understood hat better than anyone. I think that’s what his drive was.”

P.J. Tucker agreed and then spoke about how Jordan’s relationship with Kobe elevated Michael even more in his mind.

Michael Jordan’s speech at the memorial service for Kobe Bryant particularly resonated with Tucker, as he continued, “To be at that Kobe memorial and to hear Mike talk — he got a few more notches for me after that. That was crazy. To sit there and watch that on that day — next level.”

The two continued to speak about how Michael Jordan could have easily kept to himself and not take others under his wing, but that he saw something in Kobe Bryant.

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Judging from his emotions at the memorial service, Jordan clearly had a special bond with Kobe. Over 15 years after retiring from the game, Michael is still finding new ways to inspire people.