‘He was like a little brother to me’: Michael Jordan reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

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CHICAGO, UNITED STATES: Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant(L) and Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan(R) talk during a free-throw attempt during the fourth quarter 17 December at the United Center in Chicago. Bryant, who is 19 and bypassed college basketball to play in the NBA, scored a team-high 33 points off the bench, and Jordan scored a team-high 36 points. The Bulls defeated the Lakers 104-83. AFP PHOTO VINCENT LAFORET (Photo credit should read VINCENT LAFORET/AFP via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — NBA legend Michael Jordan said he was “in shock” after hearing of the death of basketball star Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter in a the helicopter crash in Calabasas Sunday.

“Words can’t describe the pain I’m feeling. I loved Kobe— he was like a little brother to me,” Jordan said in a written statement.

Jordan called Bryant a “fierce competitor” and “one of the greats of the game.”

He praised Bryant’s love for his family and his support of his daughter.

“Kobe was also an amazing dad who loved his family deeply— and took great pride in his daughter’s love for the game of basketball,” the statement read.

Bryant’s legacy is often compared to that of Jordan. Bryant won five NBA championships, compared to Jordan’s six. Bryant passed Jordan on the NBA’s all-time scoring list before LeBron James took his third place spot Saturday night.

Jordan is one of several notable former and current NBA stars to mourn Bryant Sunday.

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