The NBA legend recalled playing against number 8 during Bryant's early years in the league but also spoke about what it is like for a player of his caliber to find happiness after retirement. Kobe passed away in a horrific helicopter crash one day prior to Pippen's eulogy.
"It still feels like a horrible dream, but I wanted to share a few words about Kobe as we mourn losing him, his beautiful daughter Gianna, and the others who tragically passed," Pippen began his lengthy emotional statement.
"I remember when Kobe first got into the league. I told MJ during a workout, 'This kid plays like you, talks like you, walks like you, he even sticks his tongue out like you. He's going to be special.'"