After the Los Angeles Lakers — the team Kobe Bryant played for 20 years — won the NBA Championship, Vanessa Bryant wished Kobe and Gigi Bryant were here to share the squad’s joy.
Nine months after Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant, and seven others perished in a terrible helicopter accident, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Miami Heat to win the NBA Championship. For LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and the rest of the Lakers Nation, this was the ultimate tribute to Kobe. After the Lakers put away the Miami Heat, 106-93, Vanessa Bryant posted a message to her Instagram Story. “Go Lakers! Congratulations Uncle P [Rob Pelinka, Kobe’s former agent and current Lakers VP]. Congrationations @lakers. Kobe was top, RP! ‘Stay the course, Blockout the Noise.’ Wish Kobe and Gigi were here to see this.”
While Vanessa, 38, has been mostly quiet during the NBA Playoffs, she did weigh in after Anthony Davis, 27, pulled off a game-winning shot during the Western Conference Finals. With 2.1 seconds left in Game 2 and the Denver Nuggets leading by 1, Anthony fired off a three-pointer to win the game, 105-103. As he did this, he turned away and yelled, “KOBE!” Vanessa shared a clip of the bucket – called the “greatest shot of [Anthony’s] career” by Sports Illustrated – to her Instagram page, per Lakers Daily. She added the hashtags #playGigisway, #blackmamba, and the word “K-O-B-E.”