Itinuturing ni Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss na parang nawalan na siya ng miyembro ng pamilya sa pagpanaw ni Kobe Bryant at anak nitong si Gianna.

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Kobe, I don’t know how to express what you mean to me, my family and the Los Angeles Lakers. My father loved you like a son, which makes us family. When you invited me to lunch shortly after my father passed away, I was struggling to find motivation and purpose. Kobe, you brought Gianna with you to spend some time with me. You explained that you wanted to show her that women can be leaders in the NBA, just like the men. At first, it seemed like an action of a devoted father setting an example for his daughter. But in actuality – and I am positively sure you knew EXACTLY what you were doing – what you did was give me the inspiration and strength I was searching for. I reflect on that day often and it makes me smile and it makes me strong. I call on that memory whenever I feel down and need a bit of courage. For everything you did on the court that filled me with so much joy and love, for all the lives you changed through basketball itself, it was that day with Gigi that reignited my drive and determination. Vanessa, Natalia, Bianka, and Capri – I am so sorry for your loss. We are grateful to have you in our lives and we will always be here for you. To the families that also lost loved ones on Sunday, the entire Laker family mourns with you. Laker Nation – we are one family grieving the loss of people we all loved dearly. We will mourn together, cry together but we will also heal together, love together and win TOGETHER. We love you. Kobe – that’s what you made you so unbelievably special. You not only inspired us towards greatness, you showed us the way. : : To learn more about how you can help the families affected by this tragedy go to MambaOnThree.org and to further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports visit MambaSportsFoundation.org #peace #love #joy #family #Mamba #Mambacita #2 #8 #24 : : Picture taken in February 2016 on the way to #NBAAllStar game in #Toronto

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Sinabi nito na mula pa noong 1996 ay kilala na nito ang NBA legend sa pamamagitan ng ama nitong si Jerry Buss.

Naging matindi ang epekto nito sa kaniya kaya umabot pa ng ilang araw bago maglabas siya ng pahayag sa pagkasawi ni Bryant.

Kuwento pa nito ng pumanaw ang kaniyang ama noong 2013 ay si Bryant at isinama ang anak nito ang lumapit sa kaniya para ipakita na may kakayahan ang mga kababaihan sa basketball.

Nagpaabot na rin ito ng pakikiramay sa mga naiwan ni Bryant lalo sa asawang si Vanessa mga anak na si Natalia, Bianka at Capri.

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