Michael Jordan’s savage message for Kobe Bryant during 2003 Lakers-Wizards matchup, revealed

Robert Marvi
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On a fateful evening late in the 2002-03 NBA season, the Los Angeles Lakers faced off against the Washington Wizards, and Kobe Bryant poured in 55 points against a Michael Jordan who was about to retire.

There was a well-known moment when Bryant was called for charging against Jordan, and the two exchanged some pleasantries.

Actor John Cusack recently revealed what the University of North Carolina product told the suburban Philadelphia native during that moment.

It’s well-known that Jordan was Bryant’s idol, and that Bryant modeled parts of his game after the man who led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships.

That contest was the last time the two legends would ever face off against each other in an NBA game.

On another occasion, then-Lakers head coach Phil Jackson arranged a meeting between the two men, and Bryant challenged Jordan to a game of one-on-one while telling the former Bull that he would shut him down.

It was that type of uber competitiveness that set both guards above almost everyone else who has ever played the game.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif., and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s and fell in love with the Nick Van Exel-led Lakers teams. He truly cherishes the Kobe Bryant-era of Lakers basketball and the five world championships that came with it, and is looking forward to the team's next NBA title.