Vanessa Bryant Reveals Special Kobe Bryant Memorabilia Ahead of Hall of Fame Ceremony

Published 02/12/2021, 11:43 PM EST
LOS ANGELES, CA — SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2013 — The Lakers Kobe Bryant watches the game slip away during their 109-95 loss to the Clippers on Sunday afternoon at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


The NBA fraternity had to deal with a lot of pain last year after losing their legend, Kobe Bryant. While the whole world is still mourning the helicopter crash that took Kobe, his daughter Gianna Bryant, and seven others, Vanessa Bryant continues to maintain a strong front publically, doing all she can to keep his memory alive.

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And with the Hall of Famer enshrinement ready to take place, she has a surprise for all the Kobe fans.

Kobe Bryant Hall of Fame jacket

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Despite everything that has happened, Vanessa had made consistent efforts to interact with Kobe’s innumerable fans, with gestures like providing Kobe sneakers to his fans during the lockdown.

And now that Kobe is going to be honored as a Hall of Famer, Vanessa has come out with a Black Mamba jacket.

Bryant’s stellar career speaks for itself. There was no doubt that as soon as he was going to retire, he would be inducted into the Hall of Fame. His 20-year career deserves to be honored and along with his impact on the community.

On her Instagram, she posted a picture of the jacket by Mitchell & Ness. Intricate details of the jacket are clearly visible, with Kobe’s iconic No. 24 and No. 8 sewn on both sides of the sleeves.

The Lakers‘ official logo is visible on the left-hand side. The color of the team, purple and gold, is lining the color and the bottom of the jacket.

The backside features the Bryant logo with the “Hall of Fame Class of 2020” written around an “M” that is in the center. The logo also has a few small Mamba snakes circling both his jersey numbers.

Vanessa Bryant and family to be part of the ceremony

With the ceremony scheduled to take place in May this year, it has been revealed that Vanessa and the rest of the family want a significant role in it. Long back, they removed the policy of family members giving live speeches. However, this might change this year.

As per the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame CEO, John Doleva, “I had the opportunity to speak very briefly with Mrs. Bryant and she was very appreciative and very emotional. She has certainly indicated to be very involved. She and her family and others, in his enshrinement ceremony, when it happens.

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“People are going to want to hear about Kobe personally, not just a vignette,” Doleva explained. “Whether that’s his wife or his teammates or a combination thereof.”

VALENCIA, CA – JUNE 28: NBA MVP Kobe Bryant (right) and wife Vanessa Bryant (left) on Terminator Salvation – The Ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain on June 28, 2009 in Valencia, California. (Photo by Mathew Imaging/WireImage)

It looks like Vanessa’s request will be granted and for good reason. She and her family deserve to honor Kobe’s legacy on this big day.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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