On Firday, April 17. world has lost Kobe and Gianna Bryant, but their legacy is immortalized.
During the WNBA’s draft “The Kobe & Gigi Bryant Advocacy Award” was announced, along with Gigi being named an “honorary draft pick.” Mom and wife Vanessa Bryant dedicated several heartfelt posts to the moving tribute on social media, including an emotional video message.
“Thank you so much for honoring my Gigi and selecting her to be an honorary draft pick this year,” the 37-year-old said in a self-shot video. “It would have been a dream come true for her. She worked tirelessly every single day. She wanted to be one of the greatest athletes of all time, just like her daddy. So, thank you.”
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I’m so proud of you, Gigi. God I miss you baby. You deserved to live a long, healthy and happy life. I wish I could hold you and tell you how proud I am of you. You’re the best, baby girl. Mommy loves and misses you more than I could ever express. ❤️ @WNBA #2 Gianna “Gigi” Bryant Youngest draft pick ❤️🏀My “mambacita” a.k.a. Wings
“Thank you for honoring my little girl,” she continued, her emotion palpable. “Kobe and Gigi loved the WNBA – this is his sweatshirt,” she added, referencing the orange hoodie she donned. “I want to congratulate all of this year‘s draft picks. Work hard. Never settle. Use that Mamba Mentality.”