Vanessa Bryant Is "Extremely Proud" Of Kobe's Posthumous Induction Into Hall of Fame
It was announced on Saturday that Kobe Bryant will be part of the 2020 Bastketball Hall of Fame class. His widow Vanessa commented the news when she appeared on ESPN shortly after the announcement was made!
It was officially announced on Saturday April 4 that the late Kobe Bryant will be posthumously inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. His widow Vanessa Bryant and his 17-year-old daughter Natalia appeared on ESPN shortly after the announcement was made and shared their thoughts on the news.
Vanessa said she and here family are "extremely proud" and that this was truly the "peak" of Kobe's career.
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My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who've shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren't enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I'm not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it's impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that's to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to MambaOnThree.org. To further Kobe and Gianna's legacy in youth sports, please visit MambaSportsFoundation.org. Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ❤️
Vanessa Bryant: "We wish that he was here with us to celebrate"
Vanessa Bryant spoke out about her late husband's milestone on ESPN: "It's an incredible accomplishment and honor and we're extremely proud of him. Obviously we wish that he was here with us to celebrate but it’s definitely the peak of his NBA career."
"Every accomplishment that he had as an athlete was a stepping stone to be here. We're incredibly proud of him," and added that she felt "some solace" recently "knowing that he was probably going to be a part of the 2020 Hall of Fame class."
At the age of only 41, Kobe Bryant passed away suddenly on January 26 along with his 13-year-old-daughter Gianna and 7 others in a helicopter crash outside of Los Angeles. He was survived by his wife Vanessa and their three daughters. Rest in peace, Kobe!