Female basketballers pay tribute to Kobe Bryant's dedication

Sports | 25 Feb 2020 2:54 pm

Vanessa Bryant was followed on the podium at the public memorial service honoring American basketball great Kobe Bryant at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, by basketball stars Diana Taurasi and Sabrina Ionescu and University of Connecticut women’s coach Geno Auriemma.

Kobe Bryant was a passionate advocate for women’s basketball, and Gigi Bryant was a promising young player who aspired to play at UConn.

“If I represented the present of the women’s game, Gigi represented the future, and Kobe knew it,” said Ionescu, the Oregon star who was mentored by Bryant.

Pelinka referred to the day of the crash as “when the axis of the world seemed to shift forever, for all of us.” Pelinka was also Gigi Bryant’s godfather, and the families were close.

He revealed that Bryant had texted him asking for help in getting an internship with a baseball agent for teenager Alexis Altobelli, who lost her parents and younger sister in the crash.

“Kobe lived to make other people’s lives better, all the way up to his final text,” Pelinka said.-AP

 

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