Vanessa Bryant Reacts to Kobe Bryant’s Hall of Fame Induction [WATCH]

Kobe Bryant & Vanessa Bryant

Getty Kobe Bryant and wife Vanessa at the official after party for the 2004 World Music Awards, September 15, 2005 at Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

It was announced on Saturday that NBA legend Kobe Bryant will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, along with Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan. The late Kobe’s wife, Vanessa Bryant, reacted to The Black Mamba’s induction into the NBA Hall of Fame.

The video was provided by LA Times’ Arash Markazi. Here is the clip of Vanessa along with her and Kobe’s daughter, Natalia:

In the clip, Vanessa said, “[It’s] an incredible accomplishment and honor. We are extremely proud of him. Obviously we wish he was here with us to celebrate, but it is definitely the peak of his NBA career, and every accomplishment that he had as an athlete was a stepping stone to be here. We are incredibly proud of him.”


Kobe Bryant Joins the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

The former Los Angeles Laker is part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 2020 class along with Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Rudy Tomjanovich, Tamika Catchings, Kim Mulkey, Eddie Sutton and Barbara Stevens.

The ceremony is scheduled for August 29 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The president of the Los Angeles Lakers, Jeanie Buss, said in a statement via NBA.com:

No amount of words can fully describe what Kobe Bryant meant to the Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe was not only a proven winner and a champion, he gave everything he had to the game of basketball. His fierce competitiveness, work ethic and drive were unmatched. Those qualities helped Kobe lead us to five titles – and have now brought him to the Hall of Fame, where he will be enshrined with the greatest to have ever played the game. No one deserves it more.

Via NBA.com, the general manager of the LA Lakers and Vice President of Basketball Operations, Rob Pelinka, made a statement about The Black Mamba’s induction. He said:

Kobe was always one to downplay his professional accomplishments – MVPs, NBA championships, gold medals, Oscars, and on and on and on. But all of us can trust that this Basketball Hall of Fame honor is one Kobe would, and will, deeply appreciate. The highest of congratulations to you, dear friend. This one is so well deserved — for all the hard work, sweat and toil. Now, a part of you will live in the Hall with the rest of the all-time greats, where your legend and spirit will continue to grow forever.


Kobe Bryant’s Historic Career With the LA Lakers Spanned 20 Years

The Black Mamba spent all 20 of his NBA seasons with the LA Lakers, and he was a massive part of the team all the way through. Bryant is the fourth all-time leading scorer in the NBA, and he leads the Lakers as the top scorer in franchise history.

He was an NBA champion fives time with the Lakers, and he won the NBA Finals MVP accolade twice. The Black Mamba won a gold medal at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics as a member of the US national team. Bryant was also the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player.

Bryant died on January 26, 2020, in a helicopter accident along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others.

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