Kobe Bryant Inducted Into Hall of Fame, Emotional Tribute from Vanessa Bryant – Video

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Incredible moment from Vanessa Bryant … who just delivered an emotional speech as her husband Kobe Bryant was inducted into the the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame — and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Vanessa — flanked by Michael Jordan — talked about KB’s incredible accomplishments on and off the court … from his 5 NBA championships to being a great dad.

“Congratulations baby. All of your hard work and sacrifice has paid off. You once told me, if you are going to bet on someone, bet on yourself. I’m glad you bet on yourself, you overachiever.” Vanessa said. MJ didn’t speak … but his presence on stage was powerful and clearly very meaningful. Vanessa told Jordan … “Kobe admired you.

This means so much to us.”

Of course, Kobe famously idolized MJ growing up — and they later became great rivals on the court … and even better friends off of it. In fact, the two would grab dinner and text each other all the time just to check in.

So, when Kobe depart in January 2020, Vanessa knew the obvious choice to present her husband into the HOF would be His Airness.

Vanessa closed with the following message … “You did it. You’re in the Hall of Fame now. You are a true champ. You’re not just an MVP. You’re an all-time great. I’m so proud of you. I love you forever and always. Kobe. Bean. Bryant.” A special moment for Kobe Bryant’s family … when Vanessa and their children visited the NBA legend’s exhibit at the Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday … and it’s a pretty emotional sight.

The 600-ft. display — co-designed by Vanessa — features incredible memorabilia from Bryant’s career … including a piece of the Lower Merion H.S. basketball court, the shoes from his 81-point game, game-worn jerseys, and a video screen showing his Oscar-winning short film, “Dear Basketball.”

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The 600-ft. display — co-designed by Vanessa — features incredible memorabilia from Bryant’s career … including a piece of the Lower Merion H.S. basketball court, the shoes from his 81-point game, game-worn jerseys, and a video screen showing his Oscar-winning short film, “Dear Basketball.”

Vanessa also posted a snap alongside Kobe … saying, “Love you always.” Of course, this year’s induction is going to be incredibly tough following Bryant’s loss in January 2020 … as fellow inductee Kevin Garnett told reporters earlier today, “I don’t think I’m the only one in here that thinks that Kobe Bryant is fairly missed.”

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“Miss him everyday and what he brought not just to the game of basketball but to sports period.”

The ceremony is set to kick off on Saturday at 2:30 PM PT … with Kobe, Garnett and Tim Duncan receiving the honors. Michael Jordan is slated to do the presentation honors for Kobe … with Vanessa giving a speech. RIP Mamba.

This is how people reacted to this post:

Godlove MakaKobe’s wife is the deal. Damn that woman is strong ??, like the husband. Real match made in Heaven

SidThis cuts too deeply. Would have loved to hear his sage words at an event like this. Glad his family had the courage and strength to represent him there. RIP Kobe, forever missed

K BaltazardA world without Kobe still doesn’t feel normal, that HOF induction would have been everything for him, his oldest daughter and his wife are being really strong, respect.

Rapunzel He literally gave his soul to the game, gave the game everything he had, and had one of the greatest legacy in the game of basketball……And when the ultimate reward for his achievement came, he is not there to receive it on his own.

RIP Mamba, gone far too soon.

Quashona HardestyWow, it’s so sad seeing Natalia having to wear her dad’s coat because he not able to, I cried as Vanessa help her put it on, what a great way to honor her father.

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