Vanessa Bryant revealed in an IG post why her eldest daughter, Natalia Bryant, didn’t attend her father Kobe Bryant’s NBA Hall of Fame induction ceremony on May 15.
Natalia almost missed her senior prom last night. When I was a senior in high school, Kobe and I were engaged and he had a playoff game the night of my prom.
Kobe didn’t want me going to prom without him and I didn’t want to go without him. When we heard Natalia’s prom night and Kobe’s Hall of Fame night were on the same night, I looked at Natalia and said,” well if it’s any consolation, 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. 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.
Thank you for flying out to accept daddy’s Hall of Fame jacket and fly home the next morning.
See Vanessa’s original IG post below:
Although Natalia didn’t attend the ceremony on May 15, she did attend the Tip-Off Celebration and Awards Gala on May 14 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Vanessa Bryant and Natalia created one of the most memorable moments from the weekend, when they accepted Kobe’s posthumous jacket Vanessa placed the jacket on Natalia, and the crowd chanted Kobe’s name.
Watch the video below:
Vanessa Bryant gave an amazing speech at the Enshrinement ceremony the very next day.
Watch Vanessa’s speech below: