1. Kobe Bryant
At this point, we know that the long-awaited feature of the Lakers all-time great shooting guard Kobe Bryant is going to come tonight. The special relationship between MJ and Kobe will finally be highlighted, along with the all-time great rivalry between the Bulls and Knicks.
Moreover, Kobe and MJ didn’t actually face each other all that many times when the latter was still in a Bulls uniform. They only met on eight occasions in the regular season, and not a single time in the playoffs. And Kobe actually came out on top on five of the eight occasions that he faced MJ in the regular season, but some of those came against the Washington Wizards.
Kobe began his NBA career with the Lakers as the 13th overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft. He was actually originally drafted by the Charlotte Hornets out of Lower Marion High School, but he would be traded to the Lakers on draft night. His first NBA All-Star selection would come in 1997-98, despite only starting in one game.
Some of the best moments between Kobe and MJ came in the three All-Star Games where they would represent their respective conferences. The first came in 1998, and the last in 2003.
By far the most heartfelt interviews that will be held in this docuseries will come when Kobe speaks. He and MJ had a very unique relationship built around mutual respect, competitiveness, and brotherhood. When MJ spoke at Kobe’s memorial earlier this year, he mentioned that he thought of him as a little brother.