Natalia Bryant Wears Late Dad Kobe Bryant's Hall of Fame Jacket Ahead of Induction Ceremony
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Natalia Bryant paid special tribute to her late father Kobe Bryant ahead of the 2020 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony this weekend
Kobe, who died in a tragic helicopter crash in January 2020 along with daughter Gianna and seven other people, will be honored on Saturday by Michael Jordan as a member of the 2020 class, which will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The ceremony has been postponed compared to the previous year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Friday, his 18-year-old daughter Natalia and his wife Vanessa, 39, received a jacket and ring for the top athlete during the Tip-Off Celebration and Awards Gala, which is part of the 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame's larger raffle ceremony.
In the photos from the ceremony, Natalia poses in Kobe's ring and jacket, while mother Vanessa stands next to her.
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Vanessa, who is also the mother of 22-month-old daughters Capri and Bianka, 4, posted a series of snapshots from Friday's ceremony on her Instagram, honoring the menu at the gala and the special exhibition in the Hall of Fame Kobe show.
A video Vanessa posted also featured Kobe's animated short film Dear Basketball, which earned him an Oscar in 2018.
"Dear Kobe, I love you. ❤️", she signed the video
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Kobe's stand-alone exhibit at the Massachusetts Hall of Fame, which Vanessa helped create, will be unveiled this weekend, the Los Angeles Times previously reported. The exhibition is called "Kobe: A Basketball Life" and is a rare addition to the annual induction ceremony.
"Vanessa really wanted the space to be partially reflective, so Dear Basketball brings that part in," said the hall's historian and curator Matt Zeysing to the point of sale. "She wanted a room where someone who wanted to think about it for more than 30 minutes would have the opportunity."
In addition to the short film, the exhibition will also show parts of the Kobe High School course in Pennsylvania and replicas of the five championship rings that helped the Lakers win. Other items include the sneakers he was wearing when he hit a career high of 81 points during a game in 2006.
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