Wnba Established An Award In Honor Of Kobe Bryant And His Daughter
WNBA established an award for the development and promotion of basketball in honor of the deceased former Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. This was announced on Friday, April 17 in a press release on the organization's website.
"The award will be named after Kobe and Gianna Bryant. Kobe has always supported women's basketball and was one of its main fans. Gianna loved the game and aspired to reach the same heights in the sport as her father," the WNBA said in a statement.
It is noted that the new award will be charitable, and it will be awarded for the contribution to the development of women's basketball to increase its popularity in society.
"Kobe was an incredible women's basketball defender whose passion and dedication to our game was shared by his daughter Gianna," said WNBA Commissioner Kathy Engelbert.
The first recipient of the award will be announced during the NBA all-star game in 2021. Bryant's widow, Vanessa, will play a big role in determining the winner.
On January 26, 2020, 41-year-old Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant crashed his helicopter in the sky over Calabasas, California. As a result, eight other people were killed, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna. One of the reasons for the tragedy was the lack of a collision warning system.
Kobe Bryant played 20 seasons in the NBA from 1996 to 2016. The athlete played only for the "Los Angeles Lakers" and together with the team won the title of champion five times. As a member of the US team, Bryant won the Olympic games twice (2008, 2012). He is the fourth-highest scoring player in NBA history (33,643 points) and has played in 18 NBA all-star Games.
Bryant's last game was on April 13, 2016, with the Los Angeles Lakers against the Utah Jazz, during which he scored 60 points.