The late Kobe Bryant was officially inducted into the NBA’s Hall of Fame Induction over the weekend.
His wife, Vanessa Bryant, accepted his Hall of Fame honor on his behalf on Saturday night. The night before, Vanessa and their daughter Natalia attended the Class of 2020 Tip-Off Celebration and Awards Gala. Natalia could not attend Saturday night’s induction, however.
Click inside to find out why Natalia couldn’t attend the ceremony…
Vanessa explained Natalia‘s absence from Saturday night’s induction, explaining, “Natalia almost missed her senior prom last night. When I was a senior in high school, Kobe and I were engaged and he had a playoff game the night of my prom. Kobe didn’t want me going to prom without him and I didn’t want to go without him. When we heard Natalia’s prom night and Kobe’s Hall of Fame night were on the same night, I looked at Natalia and said, ‘well if it’s any consolation, daddy kept me from going to my prom, so it’s only right that he tried to keep you from going to yours.’ 😃”
Vanessa continued, “Of course we laughed because even in heaven, he’s still trying to make moves and keep the boys away. Natalia’s experienced so much loss, I couldn’t let her miss out on her once in a lifetime opportunity to go to her senior prom. Thank you for flying out to accept daddy’s Hall of Fame jacket and fly home the next morning. #HallofFame #SeniorPromNight @nataliabryant.”