VANESSA BRYANT THANKS THE WNBA FOR HONORING GIANNA BRYANT & TEAMMATES




During Friday night's WNBA Draft, the league celebrated the lives of Gianna Bryant, Alyssa Atobelli and Payton Chester as honorary draft picks. 


In January, all three girls tragically loss their lives in a helicopter crash, which also killed NBA star Kobe Bryant and five others. 

 Gianna and her dad Kobe were both advocates for women's basketball, unbeknownst becoming WNBA league ambassadors. 


In announcing the picks, the families of the three players shared video messages, including Vanessa Bryant: 

 "Thank you so much for honoring my Gigi and selecting her to be an honorary draft pick this year. It would've been a dream come true for her. She worked tirelessly every single day. She wanted to be one of the greatest athletes of all time—just like her daddy. Thank you. Thank you for honoring my little girl. "Kobe and Gigi loved the WNBA. I want to congratulate all of this year's draft picks. Congratulations, work hard, never settle, use that Mamba mentality."

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