Vanessa Bryant's tribute to Kobe on their anniversary

Tanya Simon
May 21, 2020

The WNBA immortalized the father-daughter pair along with fellow helicopter crash victims Alyssa Altobelli and Payton Chester on Friday, April 17. "Honorary Draft Picks: Gianna Bryant, Alyssa Altobelli and Peyton Chester class of 2024", Vanessa captioned the promo footage, with a string of heart emojis strewn throughout her words.

The WNBA Draft was scheduled to take place in person in New York City, but WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert announced in March that the draft picks would be announced from a remote live stream. "They represented the next generation of stars in our league, maybe what might have been called the Mambacita generation".

Vanessa Bryant was moved to tears over her late daughter's inclusion in this year's WNBA draft.

His widow, Vanessa Bryant, posted an emotional message thanking the WNBA for its tribute.

Ionescu was mentored by basketball legend Bryant, who was killed in a helicopter crash in January.

Engelbert gave each girl a player's introduction as images of their jerseys inscribed with their last names, numbers, and the WNBA logo were shown on the screen. "Love and miss you". "Never settle. Use that Mamba Mentality".

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"The Kobe and Gigi Bryant WNBA Advocacy Award will honor their legacy and reflect Kobe's commitment to mentoring the next generation of players, promoting the game and giving back to the community".

Gianna Bryant wrote a letter to the University of Connecticut Huskies women's basketball head coach Geno Auriemma after the team's loss in Dallas, where Gigi said: "I'm so sorry you lost".

"Thank you for honoring my little girl", she continued, her emotion palpable. I wish they had a normal local game on 1/26.

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