Watch Jimmy Fallon’s emotional tribute to friend Kobe Bryant on ‘Tonight Show’

Jimmy Fallon Remembers Kobe Bryant (WDIV)

DETROIT – Jimmy Fallon took a few minutes to remember his friend Kobe Bryant during Monday’s episode of the “Tonight Show."

“I met Kobe when he was 17 and I was 21,” Fallon said. "He was a rookie on the Lakers. I was just starting out in the comedy scene in LA. We were at a party and we didn’t know anyone at the party, so we just started talking.”

Fallon said he and Kobe made a “beer run” together and became friends.

“When we’d run into each other over the years, we’d laugh about that night that we first met. We’d laugh at all the good things that had happened since, and we’d laugh about how much fun it was to raise kids and all the stupid mistakes we made trying to figure out how to be good dads. Kobe has four daughters and I have two daughters. Today, he and one of his girls are gone."

"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 out work everyone else in the gym. To Vanessa and all those affected by this tragedy, we love you and we’ll always be there for all of you. Kobe, when we meet again, we’re going on a beer run.”

Watch the full tribute below:

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