Vanessa Bryant was moved to tears over her late daughter's inclusion in this year's WNBA draft. "Kobe and Gigi loved the WNBA - this is his sweatshirt", she added, referencing the orange hoodie she donned. If you're a Kobe fan, you know just how much GiGi meant to him and how excited he was to one day see her make it to the WNBA.
Vanessa then gave the ladies a few words of wisdom, inspired by the memory of her husband and daughter: "Work hard, never settle". I want to congratulate all of this year's draft picks.More news: National Basketball Association reportedly ramping up summer return plans
Gianna Bryant got her passion for basketball passed on from her father and had been working tirelessly everyday to carry on that mamba mentality.
Kobe and Gianna Bryant 's legacy is reaching new heights. "I love you", she wrote, posting a picture of the couple.
The loving tribute comes less than a week after WNBA commissioner Cathy Englebert paid tribute to Gigi Bryant by posthumously drafting her into the league.
Speaking at a memorial in February, Vanessa suggested that her daughter's impact on the women's game could have been as great as her husband's was in the National Basketball Association.More news: Wall Street cheers L Brand's plan to close 250 Victoria's Secret stores
Kobe and his daughter attended the WNBA All-Star Game 2019 in Las Vegas in July and helped to raise the profile of the women's game by attending matches at Los Angeles Sparks, whose forward, Chiney Ogwumike, told CGNT that their presence had offered a boost "in ways you didn't even imagine".
Kobe, a five-times NBA champion, was a fierce advocate for women's basketball.
On Saturday (April 18), the widow took to social media to share the stunning gift she received on the special day from the legendary basketball player's former teammate, Pau Gasol, and his wife, Cat.More news: U.K. Buys 10 Million Antibody Tests from Roche and Abbott