Thank you for graciously taking all my harsh comebacks. Thank you for never telling me no, and always letting me have my way, most of the time. I want to thank him for somehow finding ways to dedicate time to not only being an incredible athlete, a visionary entrepreneur and storyteller, but for also being an amazing family man. Before she started her speech, Vanessa Bryant said to someone in the crowd: “I’m OK. Love you.”, Members of the crowd could be heard shouting back, “Love you, Vanessa!”, Bryant continued: “I used to always 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. Kobe Bryant’s path to greatness in the NBA seemed assured. Thank you for teaching me and all of us to put someone else’s joy before our own. To all those who helped him get here, you know who you are, and I thank you on his behalf. The late Kobe Bryant’s wife gave an emotional tribute to the Lakers star as he was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Thank you for being the Mickey to my Minnie and the Noah to my Allie. Kobe Bryant should have been there at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame induction Saturday. 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.”. By Cole Delbyck Kobe Bryant was posthumously inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday as part of the Class of 2020, with his wife, Vanessa Bryant , accepting the honor on his behalf. You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. Vanessa Bryant delivered a beautiful and emotional speech as Kobe Bryant was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame … “I do know that he would thank everyone that helped him get here, including the people that doubted him and the people that worked against him and told him he couldn’t attain his goals,” she said. Lakers great Kobe Bryant was posthumously inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday night. To all of our close friends and family that have been present for my girls and I, thank you. After all, he proved you wrong.”. Kobe Bryant, the former Los Angeles Lakers star who was killed in a helicopter crash last year, was posthumously inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday. Basketball Hall of Fame 2021: Chris Bosh, Chris Webber, Paul Pierce among class. Sharia, you’ve gone above and beyond. The induction ceremony, which took place at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., was supposed to have been held last year but was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. This is one of the many hard parts about not having them here. “I us… Thank you for our daughters, Natalia, Gianna, Bianca and Capri. Vanessa Bryant holds hands with her daughters Capri and Bianka as she leaves the stage with her late husband Kobe Bryant's 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame … A rising rapper, an ill-fated Instagram post and a killing in the Hollywood Hills. Thank you for always trying to be better. Kobe Bryant was posthumously inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday night, with widow Vanessa giving the acceptance speech. Thank you for putting your love for our family first. Thank you.” Rudy Tomjanovich, who coached Bryant in 2004-5 with the Lakers and was also inducted on Saturday, said that Bryant “thrilled us for 20 years right down until the last game.”. But as he walked into the tunnel, there was no wink and was no kiss blown my way. Kobe had many accomplishments, five-time NBA champion, five-time New York Times bestselling author, 18-time All Star, League MVP and two-time Finals MVP, two-time Olympic gold medal winner. “He and Gigi deserve to be here to witness this,” she said, referring also to Gianna Bryant, their 13-year-old daughter, who also died in the helicopter crash last year outside Los Angeles that killed nine and sent shock waves through the basketball world. Vanessa Bryant ended her speech by paying homage to her husband’s retirement letter, titled “Dear Basketball,” which he published in 2015. Vanessa Bryant honors late husband Kobe Bryant with speech at Basketball Hall of Fame ceremony The late Lakers star was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday It takes a lot of self-drive, dedication and discipline. However, I do know that he would think everyone that helped him get here, including the people that doubted him and the people that worked against him and told him he couldn’t attain his goals. Thank you for never giving up on us.”. Congratulations, baby, all of your hard work and sacrifice has paid off. For the first time since Michael Jordan was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, a 600-square-foot exhibit will open for an inductee: Kobe Bryant. Long before Ethan Nordean led the Proud Boys in the Capitol riot, he washed dishes at his family’s restaurant on Puget Sound. She was joined on stage by Michael Jordan. I don’t have a speech prepared by my husband because he winged every single speech. He led the Proud Boys in the Capitol riot and shamed his town. Thank you for being patient and easy-going. I’m so proud of you. Bryant, who was killed in a helicopter crash in January 2020, was announced as a posthumous inductee last spring. Van Nuys Boulevard is one of the city’s oldest sites of this resilient SoCal obsession. Thank you for being so selfless and loving with a heart of gold. Duncan returned the favor in his speech, saying: “You guys demanded the best out of me, and it brought the best of me. Vanessa Bryant gave a poised speech in her husband’s place, with Michael Jordan, whom Vanessa referred to as Kobe’s “favorite player,” standing off to the side. Kobe had been informed that he was getting inducted into the Hall of Fame before his death, and Vanessa said it was rare to see him so excited. “We got the OGs in here,” Garnett said just after 5:30 p.m. “He would thank all of them for motivating him to be here. He broke those records, and he inspired people to be great. The crowd was cheering, and I was reassuring Natalia and Giana that daddy would be OK, just like any other injury. This means so much to us. Plaschke: The evolution of Kobe Bryant from brash youngster to Hall of Famer. Thank you for working so tirelessly to provide for us and for giving us the most amazing life together. “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,” Bryant said. The 39-year-old delivered an emotional speech on Kobe Bryant’s behalf at his posthumous induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday. Thank you for never missing a birthday, a dance recital, a school award show, show and tell, or any games our daughters played and your schedule permitted. Kobe Bryant, who played for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1996 to 2016, was the biggest name in one of the most anticipated Hall of Fame classes in history, alongside other basketball luminaries, such as the players Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Tamika Catchings and the coach Kim Mulkey. After all, he proved you wrong. Will the Dodgers have more luck with him? I could see the concerned look on his face. 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Usually people thank everyone that has helped them get here, but since I don’t have Kobe’s specific list, I want to thank my husband. Vanessa Bryant's touching, emotional Hall of Fame speech gave insight into Kobe as a husband and father, writes Melissa Rohlin. Thank you for your sense of humor. Thank you for dishing them back. Thank you for your wit. Kobe Bryant's widow, Vanessa Bryant, shared a heartfelt speech during the late athlete's posthumous induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 15. Scroll to read her message. KOBE Bryant was emotionally praised by his wife Vanessa as he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday night. A look at the top 25 high school boys’ basketball teams in Southern California. Over a year removed from Kobe Bryant's tragic death, he has been enshrined in the Hall of Fame, and Vanessa Bryant gave an incredible speech. The lowrider is back: The glorious return of cruising to the streets of L.A. Have you noticed? I’ll never forget the look he gave me as he walked off the court that game. His absence is a painful reminder of our loss. You’re in the Hall of Fame now. Kobe played through injury after injury. Thank you for never taking yourself too seriously. We love you all and are forever grateful for you. I love you forever and always, Kobe Bean Bryant.”, Vanessa Bryant Delivers Emotional Hall of Fame Speech for Kobe, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/15/sports/basketball/vanessa-kobe-bryant-hall-of-fame.html. Now, new details of the slaying and how detectives tracked his alleged killers have come to light. The Times’ boys’ basketball rankings: Sierra Canyon is No. I remember asking him why he couldn’t just sit a game out because he was hurting. I knew it was bad. I can see him now, arms folded, with a huge grin saying, “Isn’t this some s---.”, Vanessa Bryant helped design Kobe’s special Hall of Fame exhibit. High school boys’ and girls’ basketball: Saturday’s results, Statistically speaking, Albert Pujols could do a number of things to help Dodgers. With L.A. in the yellow tier of COVID-19 reopening, restaurants are booming. The list goes on but, his most cherished accomplishment was being the very best girl dad. 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. He did the work. The man who didn’t invent Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. The archival record, former employees and Frito-Lay itself say otherwise. Want to know more about the Lakers, Clippers and the NBA beyond the stories, box scores and tweets?Sign up for Full-Court Text to receive text messages from and interact with Times NBA beat writer Dan Woike. The death of Pop Smoke stunned the music world last year. After a lengthy postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame class was officially enshrined in an emotional day for all involved. To all those who helped him get here, you know who you are, and I thank you on his behalf.”. Thank you for loving me enough to last lifetimes, and every lifetime, I choose you. Vanessa Bryant, the wife of the late Kobe Bryant, accepted induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame on her husband’s behalf on Saturday, saying that his absence made writing a speech all the more challenging. No one can take away from their own success. Vanessa said that she “wished my husband was here to accept this incredible award.”. Michael Jordan, left, holds Vanessa Bryant’s hand after Kobe Bryant was enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday. He gave this game his all. You’re not just an MVP, you’re an all-time great. Kobe Bryant, the former Los Angeles Lakers star who was killed in a helicopter crash last year, was posthumously inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday. Also in her speech, Vanessa recalled having a conversation about the Hall of Fame ceremony with her Lakers great. The Lakers have LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Dennis Schroder back in the lineup during a 122-115 victory at Indiana. Vanessa Bryant, right, with her daughters Capri, left, and Bianka. You did it. Kobe Bryant inducted into the Hall of Fame with Vanessa... FOXLA • 10h. She was accompanied by Hall of Famer Michael Jordan: Last February, I called Michael and asked him if he would introduce Kobe tonight, and he graciously accepted. I love you forever and always, Kobe Bean Bryant. I wish my husband was here to accept this incredible award. People don’t know this, but one of the reasons my husband played for injuries and pain was because he said I remember being a little kid sitting in the nosebleeds with his dad to watch my favorite player play. She closed with her voice cracking slightly. When diving deep into statistical analytics, Albert Pujols should have been having more success with the Angels. NBA legend Kobe Bryant is set to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in an emotional ceremony tonight. Just before the late Kobe Bryant’s induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, his widow Vanessa Bryant appeared to celebrate the life and legacy of the NBA superstar. Richard Montañez has for years told a story of how he dreamed up Flamin’ Hot Cheetos while working as a Frito-Lay janitor. 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. Thank you for letting me burst your bubble every chance I got. David Butler Ii/USA Today Sports, via Reuters. Thank you for all of your hard work. She added: “I can see him now — arms folded with a huge grin saying, ‘Isn’t this some …’” followed by a profanity, spurring a ripple of laughter from the crowd. “Family, friends, mentors, the Lakers, teammates, muses and opponents.”, She continued: “This is one of the many hard parts about not having him here. Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Memorial Hall of Fame on Saturday with a touching speech by his wife, Vanessa. Vanessa Bryant, in her speech, nodded to her husband’s infamous competitive streak. “He asked the Hall of Fame … Each inductee had a presenter, and Jordan served as Kobe’s. RELATED: Vanessa Bryant to speak in Kobe … He loves you girls so very much. “Dear Kobe, thank you for being the best husband and father you could possibly be,” Bryant said. He and Gigi deserve to be here to witness this. He was special. He was intelligent, eloquent and gifted at many things, including public speaking. LeBron James, Anthony Davis return in Lakers’ fourth straight win. Kobe Bryant's Widow Vanessa Delivers Moving Speech at Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Kobe Bryant is in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame … Kobe was on a different level. I’m so proud of you. Thank you for inspiring us to be better than we were the day before. He loves you all so much. Kobe didn’t want to disappoint his fans, especially the ones in the 300 sections that saved up to watch him play. He said, “What about the fans that saved up to watch me play just once?” He never forgot about his fans. Kobe Bryant induction: Best photos from Hall of Fame ceremony. Video: Jerry West discusses the life and legacy of Kobe Bryant. Vanessa was comforted by presenter and longtime friend Michael Jordan ahead of her remarks, and she acknowledged how much Kobe and their daughter, Gianna, would have loved to be there on such an important occasion. You’re a true champ. Kobe Bryant’s induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame is a tribute not only to greatness, but to the circuitous route he traveled to get there. It has been 15 months since Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash, but his Hall of Fame enshrinement was no less emotional. I’m glad you bet on yourself, you overachiever. 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 -- … He never took shortcuts when it came to basketball. Kobe Bryant was posthumously inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday as part of a star-studded Class of 2020.At the enshrinement ceremony in … He once told me, if you’re going to bet on someone, bet on yourself. While delivering her speech at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Vanessa Bryant imagined her late husband Kobe Bryant's reaction to hearing her praise. Pam and Joe, thank you for raising Kobe to be exceptional. He even switched to free throws, with a torn Achilles and walked off the court, on his own. You’re not just an M.V.P. “Thank you for always trying to be better. He could recall the car ride, the convos and the excitement of being lucky enough to have a seat in the arena. Thank you for waking up at 4 a.m. to train, for making it home to kiss me good morning and for dropping our girls off at school, only to go to practice, come home and pick up our girls from school whenever you could. Kobe Bryant inducted into the Hall of Fame with Vanessa... FOXLA • 8h. To name a few, he had IVs administered during halftimes to play with food poisoning and the flu. She also spoke about Jordan’s influence on her husband, and the work ethic he had inspired. "I can see him now, arms folded with a huge grin saying, 'Isn't this some s---," Bryant said, noting that she rarely praised her husband in public and that he would get a kick out of her speech. Tim Duncan said playing against Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant had brought out his best. ‘Kobe was one of a kind’, Vanessa Bryant says in moving speech at Basketball Hall of Fame The late LA Lakers player was inducted almost 16 … Kobe admired you. : the evolution of Kobe Bryant was posthumously inducted into the Basketball Hall of 2021. Tracked his alleged killers have come to light I can only say thank you for being the best. Many things, including public speaking lowrider is back: the evolution of Kobe Bryant emotionally... 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