It has been a little over two months since the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and the seven other beautiful souls that lost their lives in a helicopter accident.
Kobe’s legacy and his contributions to basketball have never gone unnoticed, which is by it was no surprised that he would receive an election to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
On Saturday, his wife Vanessa Bryant and their eldest daughter Natalia talked with ESPN‘s Rece Davis about the special moment that celebrates Kobe’s legendary career. Vanessa said, “It’s an incredible accomplishment and honor, and we’re extremely proud of him. Every accomplishment that he had as an athlete was a steppingstone to be here.”
She continued, “Obviously we wish that he was here with us to celebrate. We’re incredibly proud of him. And there’s some solace in knowing that he was probably going to be a part of the 2020 Hall of Fame class.”
This was Kobe’s first year of eligibility for the Hall of Fame.
Jeanie Buss, the owner of the Lakers said in a statement, “No amount of words can fully describe what Kobe Bryant meant to the Los Angeles Lakers. “Kobe was not only a proven winner and a champion, he gave everything he had to the game of basketball. His fierce competitiveness, work ethic, and drive were unmatched. Those qualities helped Kobe lead us to five titles — and have now brought him to the Hall of Fame, where he will be enshrined with the greatest to have ever played the game. No one deserves it more.”
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#PressPlay: #VanessaBryant and #NataliaBryant spoke with Rece Davis and expressed how proud they are of #KobeBryant and all of his accomplishments throughout his NBA career as he is a part of the 2020 class for the Basketball Hall of Fame!! Let’s continue to keep their family lifted in prayer ???????? (????: @espn)
We are continuing to keep the Bryant family lifted in prayer!
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