Vanessa Bryant Shares Tribute To Gigi On 17th Birthday

Vanessa Bryant continues to show her amazing strength through tragedy.

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Vanessa Bryant continues to be a shining example of someone finding light in the dark. Last month, Bryant shared an emotional tribute to her late husband, Kobe Bryant, on what would have been the couples anniversary. Now, Bryant is celebrating another day that has to be emotional for the entire family. On Monday, Vanessa took to Instagram to celebrate what would have been her daughter Gigi's 17th birthday. Along with a video from current basketball stars discussing the 'Gigi Way.'

Included in the video was Pau Gasol. Gasol became close friends with Kobe during their tenure with the Lakers. The duo won two championships during their time together in Los Angeles. However, the bond created off the court is something that will last forever. Gasol has been a mainstay with the Bryant family. Even before the tragic death of the NBA legend. Now Gasol is helping us remember the legacy that Gigi still continues to have on the basketball community. Find the link for the video at the end of this story.

Vanessa Bryant Continues Gigi's Legacy

Nike is also helping Vanessa celebrate the life of her daughter. The brand recently announced a new sneaker that has been created in her honor. According to a tweet from Nike, the brand will be releasing the newest sneaker today. "The Kobe IV Protro “Mambacita” celebrates Gianna “Gigi” Bryant’s 17th birthday. We dare you to #PlayGigisWay, to be competitive, joyful, and curious and never take any opportunity for granted, just like Gigi." The sneaker is currently available on SNKRS in select markets. An incredible gesture from the sneaker titan.

Everything that Vanessa Bryant has had to go through these last three years is a testament. A testament to the strength she has while carrying this pain. Losing a family member is never an easy situation. However, being able to turn that pain into continuing the legacy of the Bryant name has been nothing short of an incredible task. Everyone should take today to remember the lives lost on that tragic day. As well as celebrating Gigi on her special day. For the latest news in sports, keep it right here with HNHH.

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Tyler Reed is a current Sports Writer for HotNewHipHop. He started back in March of 2023 with the company. During his time Tyler has shown his expertise in all things sports. Ranging from NBA news, all the way to boxing and MMA. He has bylines with several outlets, such as Busted Coverage, where Tyler has covered the NFL, College Football, WWE and beyond. Tyler has also written for Detroit Jock City, Wildcat Blue Nation and Swarm and Sting for the FanSided Network. Tyler is a massive Detroit Lions and Cincinnati Reds fan. Being from Kentucky, he chose connections to sports franchises that he enjoyed watching as a child. Unfortunately, his professional fandoms have only brought him pain. Tyler's hobbies outside of work include exercising and binge-watching the same shows he has watched for the last decade while endlessly scrolling through social media. His favorite hip-hop artists are Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Kentucky's own Jack Harlow.