'Life truly isn't fair:' Vanessa remembers Kobe on Mamba Day


Posted at Apr 14 2020 11:42 AM

'Life truly isn't fair:' Vanessa remembers Kobe on Mamba Day 1
Kobe Bryant's wife Vanessa Bryant speaks during the "Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant" service at Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles in this February 24, 2020 file photo. Frederic J. Brown, AFP

Vanessa Bryant mourned her husband's brief post-retirement life on the anniversary of Kobe's final NBA game.

Kobe scored 60 points in a win against the Utah Jazz on April 13, 2016, in a game that was celebrated league-wide as "Mamba Day."


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On Instagram, Vanessa wrote: "My husband worked his a** off for 20 years. Gave it his all. All he wanted was to spend time with our girls and me to make up for lost time. He wanted to be there for every single milestone and special moment in our girls' lives."

"He only got to enjoy three years and nine months of retirement," she said. "We had two more daughters, he won an Oscar, he opened Granity studios, he became a five-time best-selling author and coached Gianna's basketball team in that time."

"She worked hard and gave her all seven days a week just like her daddy."

Kobe and Gianna Bryant died on January 26, after the helicopter they were riding crashed into the side of a mountain in Calabasas. Kobe was 41, and Gianna, 13. Seven other people died in the accident.

"I wish I could go back to that morning, every day," Vanessa said. "I wish they had a normal local game on January 26."

"Life truly isn't fair. This is just senseless."

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