Jimmy Fallon Remembers Kobe Bryant

Jimmy Fallon Remembers Kobe Bryant


-The world was
heartbroken yesterday by a helicopter accident
in Los Angeles that claimed the lives
of nine people, including that of Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old
daughter Gianna. Kobe was such a life force,
so strong and creative and inspired
that in my head, I thought that he was going
to live forever. I met Kobe when he was 17
and I was 21. He was a rookie on the Lakers, and I was just starting out
in the comedy scene in L.A. We were at a party, and we
didn’t know anyone the party, so we just started talking. And I said, like,
“Hey, what do you do?” And he goes,
“I play basketball.” I go, “Where?”
And he goes, “For the Lakers.” I go, “Wow.”
He goes, “What do you do?” I go, “I’m a stand-up comic.”
We just got along, we hit it off, started talking. He was telling me he was into
poetry, and I met his sister. She was there. And so, then, the guy that was
having the party said, “Hey, guys, who wants to make
a beer run?” And Kobe wasn’t drinking.
He was 17. So he goes, “I’ll do it.” He goes,
“Jimmy, you want to come?” So I go, “Okay.”
So, I get in the car, it was me and Kobe Bryant. And we — he’s brand-new
in L.A., and me too. I didn’t know L.A. at all. And we drive down
Sunset Boulevard to this place called
Pink Dot. It looked like a 7-Eleven. Well, I thought it was
a 7-Eleven. You pulled in. And —
But it wasn’t a 7-Eleven. Anyway, so I go in, and I
open the door and it’s locked. And the guy goes, “Sorry,
I can’t sell you anything.” And I go, “We just want to get
some beer right there.” And he goes,
“Yeah, I can’t do that.” And I go, “But just real quick,
we know what it is. It’s just there.”
And he goes, “Yeah, that’s not how —
the way this place works. We’re delivery only. We’re not
allowed to sell things.” And I go, “Uh, okay.” And then Kobe
takes out his I.D. and he puts it up against
the glass and he goes, “I’m a Laker.”
[ Light laughter ] And the guy opened the door,
and we walked out with five cases of beer
and we saved the party. So we saved the party,
we say good night, and of course Kobe
went on to become a legend. Five NBA titles,
two Olympic gold medals, 18 All-Star appearances. One of the most brilliant
and most respected players in NBA history. And when we’d run into each
other over the years, we’d laugh about that night
that we first met. [ Crying ] [ Clears throat ] We’d laugh at all the good
things that had happened since. And we’d laugh at how much fun
it was to raise kids and all the stupid mistakes
we made trying to figure out
how to be good dads. And Kobe had four daughters,
and I had two daughters. And today, he and one of
his girls are gone. But I think I knew Kobe enough
to know that he rose to any challenge by digging
deeper and getting back to work. So let’s honor Kobe, Gianna, and the other lives
that were lost yesterday by following his example. Love your family,
love your teammates, and outwork everyone
else in the gym. To Vanessa and all those
affected by this tragedy, we love you and will always be
there for all of you. Kobe, when we meet again, we’re going on a beer run.

100 Replies to “Jimmy Fallon Remembers Kobe Bryant

  1. Jimmy….I'm so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute for your friend. Can't imagine how hard that was to get through. Thank you for sharing this wonderful piece of Kobe, and of you, with us. My respect to you, sir.

  2. Iโ€™m not into sports at all but of course I knew of Kobe and this tragedy has absolutely broken my heart. I canโ€™t imagine what Vanessa and his other daughters are going through right now. I am positive Kobe did everything in his power those last few seconds to make Gianna feel safe and loved โค๏ธ

  3. Media out here clout chasing over his death for views. Fake crying in front of millions of cameras over a man that โ€œr..ap.ed young women and cheated on his wife multiple times. Sad asf.

  4. Itโ€™s kinda irritating that the ONLY names that are mentioned are Kobe and his daughter. Name the other victims too. It wasnโ€™t just Kobe that was involved in this tragedy. Yes he was a legend but cmon, he wasnโ€™t the only one. RIP to all the families. Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant, Payton Chester, Sarah Chester, Christina Mauser, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli and pilot Ara Zobayan.

  5. 3.5k Dislikes?? Fallon isnt anywhere near my fav, yes he's very talented, the most talent out of the late night bunch.. But his fake laugh annoys me.. REGARDLESS i still gave this a thumbs up. People are so jaded these days, society has really made a lot of people hateful, and it's on purpose..

  6. Kobe could have had his own talk show. He was that motivated and involved. I can't wait for the movie they are going to make about Kobe. Michael B. Jordan (actor) can play him in the movie.

  7. It's amazing to see how many people were affected by Kobe and how many great things he did in his life. If only we had gotten to experience more of his life. RIP

  8. Fallow is an idiot talking about a beer party while smiling…. and at no time realizing that a 13yo girl never experienced living a full life like he a Kobe.

  9. I know this might sound rude but I donโ€™t really like sports and did not know of Kobe but seeing Jimmy cry made me cry

  10. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

  11. It really is a tragic event, and one that has left everybody with a question that defies easy answers: Now that Kobe is gone, who will anally rape the female hotel concierge?

  12. The world?! God you guys are stupid why do you care more about a dumb NBA player getting killed than an unborn child getting killed due to the mother "choosing" to murder it? No you dummies glorify that. Y'all need to get your priorities straight. Start caring about police getting killed by ignorant criminals, start caring about your rights being taken away . And stop supporting the ones who want to take them. Kobe was a PERSON of zero importance what did he do to make the world or country better? Of course to his family he was everything but to you other ignorant and sadly citizens of this country he did NOTHING for you. Start caring and making a big deal out of the TRUE important stuff. And this guy Kimmel is a joke.

  13. Aww…great story, and such a sweet message Jimmy โ™ฅ๏ธ. Blessings to the families of all that were lost in the crash ๐Ÿ™.

  14. โ€œKobe when we meet again, we are going on a beer runโ€ this line gets me all teared up each time I watch it. Kobe Bryant May your soul rest in peace

  15. Iโ€™m not trying to start anything will yโ€™all, but could someone please explain how you disliked this video? Please?

  16. Wow that got me ๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ™โค R.I.P 2 everybody in that helicopter !! I want to go on a beer run with yall!!

  17. My deepest sympathy. Now, I wonder who is so insensitive to give a dislike to this video, so, to all those who did, You definitely have to be ROTTEN TO THE CORE.

  18. so sad ๐Ÿ˜ญ even as a hockey kid I still idolized Kobe…. he was my Gretzky or Jordan. I wanted to the Kobe of everything — Kobe of school, Kobe of sport, Kobe of life …

    since retirement, somehow I was even more excited to see Black Mamba the businessman or the investor…. what he would do for sports or media… to see investor or entrepreneur or CEO Kobe … General Manager or coach Kobe…

    and now none of that can happen ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

  19. I've cried everyday about this & I've never met the guy in person, not even a basketball fan… but i knew Kobe! Wow I still can not believe this.

  20. RIP KOBE and his daughter…and everyone who lost their life in that unfortunate crash .. may everyone reading this be blessed.

  21. Yesterday I was in band class and my teacher likes to talk about things that don't really relate to the class at all some times. So he spent a little bit talking about Kobe. He said that he couldn't imagine being Kobe in the helicopter and having to tell his daughter that everything is going to be okay. He's a new father and he said that he can't even fathom telling his son that when he knows what's about to happen.

  22. Who the hell disliked this ? I donโ€™t like jimmy, but I wouldnโ€™t dislike this!

  23. Jimmy is paid millions to act like an idiot and honour Kobe, who had half a billion dollars thanks to playing with a ball in a city where tens of thousands of homeless suffer. No wonder this world is going to hell.

  24. This is one of the many reasons I love Jimmy. Such emotion, makes you laugh and cry in one story and makes you appreciate what you have.

  25. Just somber reminder that we should enjoy precious moments with those we love and who love us in return. Good or bad we all go at some point in time but lucky few would be remembered for greatness that left behind. R. I . P all good hearted people we miss you a lot .

  26. For Vanessa. her young life will NEVER be the same, her husband was her EVERYTHING ! dispite their ups and downs, all married couple has see saw's and roller coaster rides , but they lived through it even in death.

  27. I love Jimmy, seeing him cry was like seeing a unicorn give birth to a baby dragon RIP Kobe, the world is so connected right now in honoring you and your legacy, itโ€™s magic what youโ€™ve unintentionally caused.

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