“Six doesn’t seem like it’s in the cards. But I’m OK with that because as a player, you want to try to do everything you can with what you have and leave no stone unturned,” Bryant said. “If you’ve looked at yourself in the mirror and honestly understand that you’ve done that, I’m more than happy.”After all, the Bulls unveiled a video tribute that praised Bryant for his numerous accolades, including surpassing Jordan last season for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.Former Lakers teammate and Bulls forward Pau Gasol called Bryant as “one of the all-time greats.” Bulls guard Derrick Rose also described Bryant as “our generation of Michael Jordan.”“Our competitiveness is second to none,” Bryant said. “We’re pretty obsessive on how to get an edge and how to compete with people. Not too many players are as maniacal as we’ve been.”Bryant soon discovered Jordan had other qualities that could help him. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “He is extremely open to having that mentor relationship and given a great amount of advice,” Bryant said. “I don’t think people understand the amount of impact he’s had on me as a player and as a leader.”Bryant also initially thought a reporter misunderstood his connection with Jordan partly dissuaded him from joining the Bulls both as a free agent in 2004 and when he requested a trade in 2007.“Do I seem like the type to cower to something like that?” Come on. No,” Bryant said. “It wasn’t a pressure situation to live up to what he’s done. It was more like I can carry on his legacy and do it justice and represent Chicago the way that it should be represented in his honor. It’s a tremendous amount of influence.”Talking trashGasol and Bryant sounded equally emotional about the tribute video and playing against each other for one last time.Said Gasol: “I’m happy, proud and honored to be a part of that moment. I’m happy for him and sad at the same time, this is the last time we actually competed against each other.”Said Bryant: “Having him to do that at the beginning of the game means so much to me. This is my last time I’m going to be facing him. That’s weird.”But Bryant also showed another side after the Lakers’ loss to Boston in the 2008 NBA Finals and the U.S.’s gold-medal win over Spain in the Beijing Olympics. Both to motivate and tease his teammate, Bryant hung his gold medal by Gasol’s locker to open the 2008-09 season.“ ‘You can’t finish second in June this year,’ ” Bryant recalled saying. “ ‘You have to get your (stuff) together.’ ”Gasol laughed when relayed the story.“He said, ‘Good job finishing second,’ ” Gasol said. “I don’t know if he brought his medal. But he definitely talked trash.”Funny gestureBryant looked slightly disturbed as he sat at his press conference table. It had nothing to do with a reporter’s question. It had everything to do with a Gatorade cup. Bryant removed the cup since he has an investment in Body Armor, a sports energy drink.“Get this stuff out of here,” Bryant said. “That’s only good for celebrations nowadays. No one drinks that stuff.” CHICAGO >> The video scoreboard pinpointed a moment that Kobe Bryant remembered vividly 20 years later.On Dec. 17, 1996, Bryant squared off against Michael Jordan for the first time in his life. But despite spending a childhood studying Jordan “exclusively,” Bryant could not prepare for the first in-person interaction. Then, Jordan drove past Bryant baseline for a dunk.“That was the coolest thing. I have seen that spin move so many times,” Bryant said before the Lakers’ 126-115 loss to the Bulls on Sunday in his final game at United Center. “I knew he was going to do it. But the timing on TV and in person are two completely different things. He spun right before I thought he was going to spin. I thought that was pretty cool.”Jordan led the Bulls to victory that night with 30 points on a 10-of-32 clip, while an 18-year-old Bryant had five points on 2-of-5 shooting. But Bryant turned out quite all right after winning five NBA championships, even if it trailed Jordan’s six rings.