On saturday (may 15) Kobe Bryant Posthumously was inducted into the 2020 class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Vanessa Bryant accepted the honor on her behalf and delivered a powerful speech.
Vanessa said, “I avoided praising my husband in public because I felt like he got enough praise from his fans all over the world and someone had to bring him back to reality. Right now, I’m sure he Laughing in heaven as I am about to publicly praise him for his achievements on one of the most public forums. Now I could see him folding his hands, saying with a big grin, ‘Is this something S — is not it? ‘ He is still winning. “
He continued, “I wish my husband would have been here to accept this incredible award. He and Gigi would have deserved to see it. Gigi would be so proud to see her Daddy being honored in the Basketball Hall of Fame. I know that Kobe Looking forward to being here. He asked the Hall of Fame to add a sixth ticket specifically for Capri, he was very happy. ”
The 39-year-old also said, “There will be no one like Kobe. Kobe was one of a kind. He was special, he was courteous but larger than life. To all our close friends and family who have been present for my girls. And I, thank you. That list is long and it takes a village but know that your kindness and love are not appreciated. I know that Kobe is thankful that you are all coming for his girls. We I love you and am forever grateful to you.
Bryant also mentioned those her husband would have accepted, “If my husband had been here tonight, he would have had a long list of people to thank, which inspired him and inducted him into the Hall of Fame Having helped. Family, friends, mentors, Lakers, teammates, players and opponents. This is one of the hard parts of him not being here. At the risk of leaving someone out, I can only say thank you. To all those who helped him to get here, you know who you are and I thank you on his behalf. ”
See the full speech below:
In January 2020, Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Xianna, were going to a basketball tournament at Mamba Academy in Southern California when they and seven other passengers were killed in a helicopter crash in the hills near Los Angeles.
Bryant retired from the NBA in 2016 after winning five championships with the Lakers. After retirement, he began coaching Jiana and his basketball team, Team Mamba, named after his NBA surname. He also won an Oscar for his 2018 animated short film Dear Basketball.
According to Inside version, Bryant is one of nine inducted into the 2020 Hall of Fame class. Bryant was joined by basketball greats Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Eddie Sutton, Rudy Tomjanovich, Tamika Catchings, Kim Mulkey, Barbara Stevens and Patrick Bowman.