Vanessa Bryant accepted her late husband Kobe Bryant’s prestigious honor of being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The 39-year-old philanthropist gave an incredibly touching speech about her love’s career and legacy on Saturday, May 15 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut.
She enlisted fellow basketball titan Michael Jordan to help introduce Kobe Bryant, saying she called him the night before. “Thank you for being here, Michael,” she prefaced in her lengthy speech. “Kobe admired you, this means so much to us.”
Touching on her beloved husband’s character she added: “There will never be anyone like Kobe. Kobe was one of a kind. He was special, he was humble off the court but bigger than life (…) If my husband were here tonight, he would have a long list of people to thank that helped inspire him and equip him to be in the Hall of Fame.”
“All of the athletes that share a Hall of Fame award share the fact that they have to sacrifice a part of their lives to dedicate more time to their craft. It takes a lot of self-drive, dedication and discipline. No one can take away from their own success,” she said. And then came one of the most emotional moments, when she read a letter she wrote to Kobe!
Watch the full speech here: