Kobe Bryant is now officially in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Thanks to a moving speech from Vanessa Bryant, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
The late baller’s widow appeared on stage with Michael Jordan as she spoke of his accomplishments on and off the court – from his five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers to being an amazing husband and father. “I used to avoid praising my husband in public because I felt like he got enough praise from his fans around the world and someone had to bring him back to reality,” she started her tribute. “Right now, I’m sure he’s laughing in heaven because I’m about to praise him in public for his accomplishments on one of the most public stages. I could see him know, arms folded, with a huge grin saying, ‘Isn’t this some [ish]?’ He’s still winning.”
Kobe was elected into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility just three months after he and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were killed in a helicopter crash in Southern California along with seven others.