Gianna, along with her basketball teammates Payton Chester and Alyssa Altobelli, who also died in the crash, were honoured at Friday's WNBA draft as honorary selections. The girls were among the nine victims in a January 26 helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., which also took the life of Gianna's father and Vanessa's husband, National Basketball Association legend Kobe Bryant. "Happy 19th wedding anniversary baby", she wrote alongside an old photo that showed a young Kobe giving Vanessa a kiss on the cheek as they cuddled on a couch. Much like her speech at 'A Celebration of Life, ' Bryant spoke eloquently about her daughter and husband in a way that very few could given the circumstances. "All I know is she caught my heart and I just knew that she was the one". "So, thank you. Thank you for honoring my little girl", she said.
"Kobe was an incredible champion of women's basketball and Gianna shared his passion and dedication to our game", Engelbert said in a statement.
It is not clear, but for sure the will be helping so much to try to work out - together with her - the bad mourning: "My brain refuses to accept that both Kobe and Gigi are gone", Vanessa said recently. "This is his sweatshirt", she said, gesturing to the cozy orange hoodie she had on. "Work hard. Never settle". "Use that Mamba mentality". Vanessa captioned a photo of the jersey.
The WNBA will be keeping Gianna's memory alive long after draft day, too.
While Vanessa stayed out of the public eye and focused on being a devoted wife and mother to her family, Kobe did not hesitate to gush about his stunning bride in the press. The post had received over 2 million likes at time of writing. "I wish you were here, in hold me in your arms ".