Vanessa Bryant urges NBA not to celebrate Kobe during anniversary

Vanessa Bryant urges NBA not to celebrate Kobe during anniversary

Rene Otinga
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:49 PM

- The NBA did its best to avoid commemorating Kobe Bryant on his anniversary

- The legendary basketballer passed away on January 26, 2020, and one year on, there were little to no tributes about him from his friends and fellow basketball stars

- The late legend is set to be inducted to the Hall of Fame, having made it to the All stars 18 times

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Vanessa Bryant and the Bryant family has requested the NBA not to bring up the late Kobe Bryant during the late legend’s anniversary.

Vanessa Bryant urges NBA to shun from bringing up late basketball legend during anniversary
The Bryant family requested privacy on the anniversary of the late basketball star Kobe. Photo by Kevork Djansezian
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Kobe passed away after a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020, in a death that rocked the basketball world.

The crash claimed, among other people, Kobe’s daughter Gianna.

Exactly one year after his death, a quick tour on the internet revealed virtually no tributes to the legend.

It would be assumed that NBA legends and the league itself would take to celebrate the former Lakers legend but multiple reports indicated the departed basketball star’s widow Vanessa requested key sports bodies in the basketball world to overlook tributes this year.

Kobe’s perceived heir at the Los Angeles Lakers, Lebron James, also seemed to honor Vanessa’s wishes as despite being close with the late star, he also avoided bringing him up on his Instagram which boasts 78.1 million followers.

The last time she remotely spoke on her late husband was when she shared a post on grief about a fortnight ago, saying:

"Grief is a messed up cluster of emotions. I want to say this for people struggling with grief and heartbreaking loss. Find your reason to live.”

Kobe was a five-time NBA champion with the Lakers and was largely considered one of the greatest talents in basketball history.

Being an 18-time all-star, he is expected to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2021.

Away from Kobe’s passing and Vanessa has had to deal with her own share of personal drama after his death.

As reported, she was embroiled in a feud with her mother Sofia, who accused her of kicking her out of their home.

Sofia lived in one of the homes owned by the wealthy Bryant family in Newport beach before its sale in 2013.

Vanessa has since responded to the interview, accusing her mother of being unappreciative to the alimony she has allegedly been receiving for the last two decades.

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and