Since Kobe Bryant’s untimely death on Sunday morning, countless people have been sharing how the basketball legend touched their lives and how they’ll remember his legacy. Wolf of Wall Street actor Jonah Hill was the latest to remember the Black Mamba, and he shared a story on Instagram about watching the Lakers with his late brother, Jordan Feldstein.
“This picture became a funny internet thing years back and it always made me laugh when I’d see memes of it. I used to love ‘on purpose, very awkward photos’ whenever I was around someone I respected and this is about as comically awkward as it gets. Ah, your early 20s. It’s a dumb bit but I really liked it at the time.”
Jordan Feldstein, a talent manager, died in December 2017 due to a blood clot in his leg.
Hill continued, explaining that he had his doubts about sharing the image because of its meme status, but the story behind it is much more emotional than the hilarious image seems at first glance.
“I hesitate to post this as it’s usually connected to humor, but for me this photo represents a LOT more. I’m sitting next to my brother and he’s taking this. It was the night we both met Kobe and he was so nice to us. So funny, so amazing and so kind (in the middle of a game!). My brother and I grew up worshiping the Lakers and because of my job we got to sit next to Kobe and the whole team!”
Hill acknowledges his privilege while also admitting his depth of feeling. This is a beloved memory that he shared with his brother, so it’s a heady mix of sorry and nostalgia.
“I have lived a privileged life. Truly. We were literally buzzing with excitement to meet our hero and it’s one of my favorite memories ever. It’s my favorite memory with my brother. I’m sitting between Kobe and my brother and now they’re both gone. I have been staring at this photo for days in disbelief and sadness and joy.”
Ultimately, Hill encourages everyone reading to never take things for granted. You never know when your last day is actually your last.
“”It’s my favorite picture and I think it represents for me, all of the hard and amazing things in life and how fleeting they are,” he wrote. “But their fleeting nature doesn’t make them any less beautiful. I’ve been thinking a lot about saying Rest In Peace and what that means. But I don’t think Kobe or my brother are resting. I think they’re hustling up there. Working hard and getting s— done. Cuz that’s what they do. All my love to the ones here left behind. Take care of each other and love each other. That’s the lesson I’ve learned.”