In memory of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, some of the biggest talents in music and sports celebrated and honored them at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 24, 2020.
While the sudden death of these two lives took the basketball world and many others by storm, the Kobe Bryant tribute shined light on life and its vital attributes; not just through music, song, and heartfelt words, but through the coming-together of so many people in support, compassion, comfort and encouragement for the family and community directly involved with the Bryants.
Particularly invoking and inspiring was the speech given by all-star NBA champion and MVP, Michael Jordan, who referred to Bryant as a little brother and someone whom he eventually took under his wing.
Jordan highlighted an essential aspect of Bryant’s talent that had to do not so much with the skills or abilities of a star basketball player, but an essential aspect of any person of tremendous win, that is, passion.
Jordan emphatically spoke on how passion is the main ingredient for the type of success that Bryant had, and how living passionately compels us to value the time we have, especially with our loved ones.
Here’s a few memorable highlights from his speech:
“It’s an amazing thing about passion. If you love something, if you have a strong passion for something, you would go to the extreme to try to understand or try to get it.”
“Whatever you have a love for, if you have to walk, you would go get it. If you have to beg someone, you’ll go get it."
“No one knows how much time we have. That’s why we must live in the moment. We must enjoy the moment. We must reach and see, and spend as much time as we can with our families and friends, and the people that we absolutely love.”
“To live in the moment means to enjoy each and everyone we come in contact with.”
This revealing and highly personal speech given by Michael Jordan reveals a lot about the universal 'game' of life in addition to the field of professional athleticism.