The Black Mamba will be missed but we can take comfort in the fact that he'll get to spend more time with his lovely wife and adorable daughters.
Hours before the legendary Kobe Bryant stepped onto the hard court for the final game of what has been an illustrious basketball career, his wife Vanessa took to Instagram to express how happy she was the he is finally retiring.
Though fans may be grieving the loss of their beloved idol, they can find comfort in knowing that Kobe has done well and is starting a new chapter with his wonderful family.
Vanessa, who’s been married to the sports star for 15 years, posted on Instagram about how their family sacrificed so much throughout Kobe’s journey in the NBA.
She expressed how thrilled she is to have him “home more often,” and was filled with nothing but gratitude for how their family “managed to persevere against the odds” despite the “ups and downs.”
The sweet couple have two lovely daughters:
Read Bryan’s entire post below (Vanessa’s account has since been set to private):
This is it!!! Today’s the day!!!! My family and I are so excited. So happy to hear, “the 4th and FINAL period” one last time. My girls and I are so happy to have Kobe home more often. We’ve all sacrificed so much time, birthdays, holidays, family functions and special events to be there for Kobe.
I really want to thank my daughters, Natalia and Gianna, for being patient and understanding how much hard work, sacrifice and dedication it takes to see their dad accomplish so many great things. Kobe has an incredible work ethic and amazing drive to be the best at whatever he sets his mind to and with that comes many sacrifices.
We’re thankful for everything the Lord has blessed us with. The road hasn’t always been easy. We’ve had our ups and downs, but I’m so thankful we managed to persevere against the odds. We couldn’t have done it without our faith and God’s grace.
We’re so happy to have seen the amount of joy Kobe brings to his fans and the city of Los Angeles. My daughters and I have been present at many of Kobe’s Make-a-Wish meet and greets, and words cannot explain how much joy he brings to people that are going through really difficult times in their lives. I thank all those beautiful families that have allowed us to share in those joyous moments.
All of that really helped put things into perspective for me as a wife and mother. We must always remember that when life gets tough, there is always someone facing much more difficult times in their lives. And, in those hard times, we can be each other’s strength, and remember that it’s in the trials of life that God grows us even more! Thank you all for your amazing love and support for our family in all times! We will forever be grateful!! With Love, Vanessa Bryant.
During his last game against the Utah Jazz at the Staples Center, Kobe scored a staggering 60 points!
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