Bryant, 2019

Former NBA star Kobe Bryant attends an NCAA women's college basketball game between Long Beach State and Oregon, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 in Long Beach, Calif. The Oregon won 81-45. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Michael Jordan has reacted to the news about the death of Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter in a helicopter crash. “I loved Kobe - he was like a little brother to me,” Jordan said.

Jordan was the most notable of former and current NBA stars to express how shocked they were at the news. Jordan commended Bryant for his fierce competitive streak and called him “one of the greats of the game.”

Bryant's legacy is often compared to that of Jordan. Bryant won five NBA championships, compared to Jordan's six.

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