Vanessa with her daughters paid tribute to Kobe by visiting and posing in front of Kobe's childhood home.
Vanessa Bryant wrote a heartfelt post to her late husband and NBA legend Kobe Bryant on Father's Day while visiting his childhood residence in Philadelphia alongside their daughters. Vanessa took to Instagram and dropped a throwback glimpse featuring a young Kobe as she wished him. The pictures showcased the sports icon wearing a Star Wars-themed t-short bearing the words '#1 Dad, reported PEOPLE. Vanessa wrote "Happy Father’s Day, baby. @kobebryant #BestGirlDad."
In another post, Vanessa with her daughters Natalia, 18, Bianka Bella, 4, and Capri Kobe, 2, paid tribute to Kobe by visiting and posing in front of Kobe's childhood home in Philadelphia. Alongside the photograph of the foursome, Vanessa shared a throwback photo of her late husband playing basketball as a teen. In the same social media post, Vanessa included an image of a manicure with the letters "KOBE" spelled out on her nails. Earlier this week, Vanessa also posted about attending the reveal of the new mural and basketball court dedicated to Kobe and their daughter, Gianna, in his hometown of Philadelphia. The mural, done in the Tustin Playground is the latest Kobe and Gianna-dedicated basketball court to open in partnership with Dream Courts, Nancy Lieberman Charities, and Vanessa's Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation, in an effort to make basketball more accessible to kids, as well as to provide a safe environment for kids to play.
The new basketball court was opened in Philadelphia. "Where my husband’s love for basketball all began," she wrote. "Today, in the historic Tustin Playground and thanks to the generous contributions of donors, fans, and friends, our foundation @mambamambacitasports opened ✨2✨more @dream_courts with @nlcharities, which were beautifully surrounded by the artwork of @Art_by_Ernel,” she wrote. “I chose this location so that young people in this community may have a safe space to play with equal opportunity which was important to Kobe and Gianna," wrote Vanessa. The court was adorned in purple and yellow, the colors of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team, and featured a series of pictures of Kobe and Gianna in uniform, and posing together during a basketball game. The court also featured paintings of Kobe and Gigi’s jersey numbers, 24 and 2. In the wake of Kobe and Gianna's passing, Vanessa has been working to keep their legacy alive, making sure their combined mission of equality in sports is continued and practiced through the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Organization.
Kobe Bryant and Vanessa met on the set of a music video in 1999 when they were 20 and 17 respectively. The NBA legend proposed to Vanessa when she turned 18 and the couple got married on April 18, 2001. The couple would go on to have 4 daughters — Natalia, Gianna, Bianka, and Capri. Gianna passed away along with Kobe Bryant as the pair headed to one of her basketball games on January 26, 2020. Shortly after his death, Vanessa shared an old clip of Kobe Bryant answering the question 'What made Vanessa the one?" Kobe describes in the 2001 video what Vanessa meant to him and how he knew she was the one.
“You know, it’s hard to pinpoint what exactly makes a person the one for you, but you just know,” he said in the video. ”Love is a funny thing. I can’t explain it and I can’t understand it. All I know is, she caught my heart and I just knew that she was the one.” Kobe also adds that he knew they would make "two cool ass parents." Kobe also described Vanessa as being "very strong and very strong-willed.” Vanessa gave an emotional speech at a memorial for Kobe. "He was my sweet husband and the beautiful father of my children. He was mine. He was my everything. Kobe and I have been together since I was 17-and-a-half years old," said Vanessa, before adding, "I was his first girlfriend, his first love, his wife, his best friend, his confidant, and his protector. He was the most amazing husband. Kobe loved me more than I could ever express or put into words. He was the early bird and I was the night owl, I was fire and he was ice, and vice versa at times."