The essay, published on The Playbook, touts Bryant's skill as a basketball player as Johnson commends his "commitment to success, outstanding work ethic, and winning attitude."
Johnson, 56, also included Bryant's philanthropic accomplishments as well as listing all of his accolades as a basketball player.
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Tonight will be full of emotions , happy ones & and sad ones but we celebrate the career of one the games greatest players and a true LAKER ... It's been an honor watching this man win championships and to have done it in style just the way this city expects... Easier said than done... Congrats my friend on a career that many people dream of.... @lakers @kobebryant @lagalaxy
"You will join a legendary list of Laker greats and Hall of Famers. Their jerseys hang proudly from the rafters in Staples Center and soon yours sill shine next to them; from Gail Goodrich, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain to Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Jamaal Wilkes, James Worthy and Shaquille O'Neal," Johnson wrote.
He added: "Very few people have changed the game of basketball but you will be recognized as one of them alongside my "Dream Team" teammates, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan."
Johnson wasn't the only one feeling sentimental on Bryant's big night.
David Beckham, President Obama and Dwyane Wade, among others flocked to social media, to wish the 37-year-old farewell.
"Tonight will be full of emotions, happy ones & and sad ones but we celebrate the career of one of the games greatest players and a true LAKER," Beckham wrote. "It's been an honor watching this man win championships and to have done it in style just the way this city expects… Easier said than done… Congrats my friend on a career that many people dream of."
The president kept his message a little more simple.
"Big night of basketball - @Warriors chasing 73 and a farewell for an all-timer, @KobeBryant. NBA fans feeling like," he wrote, adding a meme featuring a very pumped Steph Curry and Obama.