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Kobe Bryant's Family Remembers Him on Anniversary of His Jersey Retirement

Gracious Egedegbe
Dec 21, 2020
09:26 A.M.

Kobe Bryant's family members flooded social media, paying sweet tributes to him on the third anniversary of his retirement. This comes eleven months after his tragic death.

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December 18, 2020, marked the third year Kobe Bryant retired from basketball, and as expected, his family members were sure to pay tribute to the late NBA star.

Taking to Instagram, Kobe's oldest daughter Natalia shared an iconic picture of the basketball legend walking across the Lakers court at the Staples Center.

Vanessa and Kobe Bryant and their children at the premiere of "A Wrinkle In Time" on February 26, 2018. | Photo: Getty Images

Vanessa and Kobe Bryant and their children at the premiere of "A Wrinkle In Time" on February 26, 2018. | Photo: Getty Images

The post also featured an image of the two jersey numbers Kobe wore during his time with the Los Angeles Lakers. She accompanied the pictures with the hashtags #mambaout #8 and #24.

In a separate Instagram post, Kobe's widow Vanessa Bryant shared a clip from her husband’s retirement ceremony. She captioned the heartwarming clip writing:

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"No one like you @kobebryant Irreplaceable ?...Three years ago today. 20 years~King of LA.??"

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Kobe's sister Sharia Washington also shared a heartwarming collage of her brother featuring three pictures of the NBA star, two of which saw him wearing his two jersey numbers.

Kobe's jersey retirement anniversary comes about 11 months after the NBA star tragically passed away alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash.

In the wake of Kobe's death, his wife and kids have constantly found new ways to honor him and keep his legacy alive.

Natalia Bryant shares a picture of her father to honor him for his jersey retirement. | Photo: Instagram/Nataliabryant

Natalia Bryant shares a picture of her father to honor him for his jersey retirement. | Photo: Instagram/Nataliabryant

Before his death, not only did Kobe make a name for himself as an exceptional athlete, he was also a devoted family man who loved nothing more than being a father to his kids and a husband to his wife.

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In addition to Natalia and Gianna, Kobe and Vanessa also share two daughters: four-year-old Bianka Bella and one-year-old Capri Kobe whom they welcomed in June 2019.

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Alongside his wife and kids, Kobe also shared a strong bond with his two sisters, Sharia and Shaya. The three siblings were born to the family of Joe Bryant and his wife Pamela.

In the wake of Kobe's death, his wife and kids have constantly found new ways to honor him and keep his legacy alive. One of such ways is by spending time with some of the people he had a close relationship with.

In April, Kobe's wife and kids were pictured spending time on a boat cruise in San Francisco with one of the NBA legend's closest pals, Spanish basketball player Pau Gasol.

While Kobe might be gone, there is no doubt that Vanessa and her kids draw strength from their loved ones and all of those whom the late NBA star impacted.

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