Kobe Bryant's Wife Vanessa Is Proud after His Book Becomes New York Times Number One Bestseller
Vanessa Bryant shared her excitement over the news that her late husband, Kobe Bryant's recently released book, became a New York Times Best Seller.
The book is part of the series called "The Wizenard Series." According to TMZ, the magical tale follows a character named Reggie, who faces many challenges in becoming a basketball star.
Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa Bryant sit a table at the 16th Annual An Unforgettable Evening presented on May 2, 2013, in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Donato Sardella/Getty Images for EIF
Vanessa shared details about the book when it was released on March 31. She recently took to Instagram again to share her excitement about the book becoming a New York Best Seller, shegushed:
"5 championships. 5 NYT bestsellers. The Mamba strikes again. My husband would have been so proud to see his work continuing on."
In an interview with PEOPLE, Wesley King, the co-author, and collaborator who worked with Kobe on the book, revealed that the story of an underdog basketball player was inspired by Kobe's personal experience.
Wesley also revealed that he learned a lot from the athlete through their collaboration, and said Kobe worked vigorously to complete it.
Months before he tragically died alongside his daughter Gianna Bryant and seven passengers in a helicopter crash, in Calabasas, he shared his vision for the multimedia company "Granity Studio."
Kobe said he created the production company to help launch books, television shows, movies, and podcasts that would provide teachable lessons.
"Our stories represent a competitive mindset about being the best at what you do," he said in a post on Instagram about the company.
He also revealed that he hoped the work being done would help to motivate and inspire people to unleash their inner potential.
Kobe's potential on the basketball court was recognized once again when it was announced that he would be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. During an interview with ESPN, Vanessa said:
"We are 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."
Vanessa has also taken steps to keep her teenage daughter's legacy alive. It is reported that she changed the name of Kobe's "Mamba Foundation."
The name change will now include a nickname given to his daughter and be called the "Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation."