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Vanessa Bryant Says She Is Proud of Late Husband Kobe after His Election in NBA Hall of Fame in a Video

Afouda Fortune
Apr 07, 2020
10:00 A.M.
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Still, in Mourning over the loss of her Husband and Daughter, Vanessa Bryant expresses her gratitude for her Husband's election to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.


Following the announcement of her late Husband's induction, Vanessa shared on Instagram, a clip from her interview with ESPN's Rece Davis via FaceTime with her daughter Natalia by her side.

Vanessa Bryant speaks during The Celebration of Life for Kobe & Gianna Bryant at Staples Center on February 24, 2020 | Photo: Getty Images


In what many will describe as an emotional video, she expressed on the ESPN broadcast of the class announcement how proud she was, saying, "It's an incredible accomplishment and honor, and we're extremely proud of him."

Bryant's exceptional career would have made him a first-ballot Hall of Famer, but his untimely death has added an unexpected emotional twist to this selection.


Wishing that Kobe was here to celebrate, she went ahead to describe the induction as "definitely the peak of his {Kobe Bryant} NBA career and every accomplishment that he had as an athlete was a stepping stone to be here."

According to ESPN, "Kobe Bryant entered the NBA straight out of high school in 1996 and won five championships and one regular-season MVP award."

Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers adjusts his jersey during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on February 19, 2012 | Photo: Getty Images


Also lending credence to Kobe's lifetime achievement, Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss in a statement to ESPN, described Kobe as a proven winner and a champion who gave everything he had to the game of basketball. He added that:

"His {Kobe Bryant} fierce competitiveness, work ethic, and drive were unmatched..."

The Hall of Fame announced their inductees on Saturday, and the induction ceremony would take place during the enshrinement ceremony scheduled to hold sometime this year.

Brazilian author Paulo Coelho attends a discussion about the future of reading at the 66th Frankfurt Book Fair opened on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 | Photo: Getty Images


Bryant's exceptional career would have made him a first-ballot Hall of Famer, but his untimely death has added an unexpected emotional twist to this selection.

Also, as a result of his untimely death is the abrupt end of his children's book project with Brazilian Novelist, Paulo Coelho. On twitter, the Novelist had announced his decision to delete the draft.

According to him, Bryant's tragic death has shown how vital the Ex-Basket-baller was to the world and the impact of his legacy, which is much beyond sport.

Bryant spent 20 years with the Lakers playing for 20 seasons. He won five championships with the team, including two Finals MVPs and two NBA MVPs.

Bryant is also the fourth in NBA history with 33,643 points and second with six career 60-point games. Bryant will receive the recognition with fellow first-ballot selections Kevin Garnett, and Tamika Catchings.