The most emotional moment of the ceremony came with the speech of Kobe’s widow, Vanessa Bryant. “It was full of life and had much more to offer this world, ”he said about his daughter Gigi. “We can’t see Gigi go to high school with Natalia and ask her how her day was. We did not have the opportunity to teach him to drive a car. I will not be able to tell you how beautiful your wedding day is, ”she said excitedly. “
“He was my everything,” he continued over Kobe. “God knew they couldn’t be here without each other and that’s why they had to take them together. Honey, take care of our Gigi, I’ll do it with Nati, BiBi and Coco. We remain the best team. We love you and we miss you, Boo-Boo and Gigi. Rest in peace and have fun in heaven until we meet again one day. ”he concluded. The Bryant family was accompanied by numerous celebrities, including the legends of the Lakers Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, James Worthy or Pau Gasol, winner of two rings with Kobe. Also present were current players such as Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving or Anthony Davis, former players such as Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Tim Duncan or San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, as well as figures such as director Spike Lee, former Michael Phelps , singer Jennifer Lopez and rapper Kanye West. The ceremony closed with the short film “Dear Basketball” – “Dear Basketball” – with which Bryant won the Oscar for best short in the 2018 ceremony.
The money raised with the tickets for the event will go to the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation, a foundation created to promote solidarity through sport. Last Sunday, January 26, the helicopter in which Bryant, 41, was traveling, his daughter Gianna and seven others crashed in a mountainous area of the Californian town of Calabasas; There were no survivors. In his 20 years as a Lakers player, Bryant was ‘MVP’ of the season in 2008, twice ‘MVP’ of the NBA Finals, five times champion and 18 times ‘All-Star’, a race in which He also won two Olympic golds. He retired in 2016, scoring 60 points in his final game and finished his career with 33,643 points, now fourth on the all-time list after LeBron James beat him only one day before his death.