‘He’s Still Trying to Make Moves’: Vanessa Bryant Clarifies Why Natalia Didn’t Attend Kobe Bryant’s Hall of Fame Ceremony

Published 05/18/2021, 6:45 AM EDT


The Hall of Fame ceremony of 2020 was a memorable event, as it marked the achievements of NBA legends on the court. Vanessa Bryant inducted Kobe Bryant into the Hall of Fame class of 2020 during an emotional event on May 15. Michael Jordan accompanied Vanessa onto the stage as she delivered an emotional speech.

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Notably, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett were also among the notable inductees in the ceremony.

However, Natalia Bryant did not make it to the ceremony because of some personal reasons.

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Vanessa Bryant on why Natalia Bryant missed the ceremony

Notably, Vanessa gave Bryant’s Hall of Fame jacket to Natalia in Connecticut, after which she left for California to attend her prom.

“Natalia’s experienced so much loss, I couldn’t let her miss out on her once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go to her senior prom,… ‘well… daddy kept me from going to my prom, so it’s only right that he tried to keep you from going to yours’.

“Of course we laughed because even in heaven, he’s still trying to make moves and keep the boys away,” said Vanessa.

Vanessa delivered a moving speech in the Hall of Fame ceremony as tributes flew in for the great late Kobe Bryant. She expressed her gratitude to all the coaches, to Kobe’s parents, as well as to all the fans all over the world. It was an emotional moment for all in attendance during the event.

Kobe Bryant being the family man

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We will always remember Kobe Bryant for the passion he displayed on the court. The offensive skill set along with the intangibles he possessed, remains legendary. Despite his antics on the court, we will always regard Bryant as a family man. Gigi dreamed of becoming a basketball player like Kobe as he coached her after his retirement.

LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 24: Kobe Bryant and his family, his wife Vanessa Laine Bryant, left, and daughters Gianna Maria Onore Bryant, right, and Natalia Diamante Bryant, far right, at the City Council Chambers, in Los Angeles, Calif., on Aug. 24, 2016. (Photo by Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

The impact of Kobe on the community is unimaginable. Notably, Michael Jordan called him his little brother. Even though he passed away too soon, the legacy of Bryant will remain forever in our hearts.

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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