Vanessa Bryant’s Speech For Kobe’s Hall of Fame Induction


Vanessa Bryant delivered a beautiful and emotional speech when Kobe Bryant was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on May 15th. Speaking in honor of her late husband, she remembered the life and legacy of the Lakers athlete following his tragic death last year. Vanessa, who was assisted on stage by Michael Jordan, thanked Kobe’s fans, teammates, family and competition, but in the end she sent most of her thanks to Kobe herself.

In a particularly emotional part of her speech, Vanessa read a personal note she wrote for her husband. “Dear Kobe, thank you for being the best husband and father you can be,” she recited. Thank you for growing and learning from your own mistakes. Thank you for always trying to get better. Thank you for never giving up on us. Thank you for all of your hard work. Thank you for our family, thank you for our daughters Natalia, Gianna, Bianka and Capri, Thank you for working so tirelessly to take care of us and make the most amazing life possible for us.

“Thank you for waking up at 4 a.m. to exercise, coming home to kiss me, and dropping our girls off at school – just to go to practice, come home and ours Pick up girls from school whenever you could. Thank you You have never missed a birthday, dance night, awards ceremony, show and tell, or other game our daughters participated in when your schedule allows.

“Thank you for loving me enough to live a lifetime, and every life I choose you.

“Thank you for putting your love for our family first. Thank you for bringing so much joy into our lives and joy to people around the world. Thank you for inspiring us to be better than the day before. Thank you for teaching Me and all of us for putting another’s joy before our own. Thank you for being so selfless and loving with a heart of gold. Thank you for never being too serious thanks for your sense of humor, thanks for your wit.

“Thank you for never saying no to me and for letting me go my way most of the time. Thank you for being patient and calm. Thank you for popping your bladder at every opportunity. Thank you for all of my tough comebacks Thank you for sending her back. Thank you for being the Mickey to my Minnie, the Noah to my Allie. Thank you for loving me enough to live a lifetime and every life I have choose you. ”

Vanessa concluded her remarks with an address to her daughters. She first thanked Natalia and her late daughter Gigi for the support and sacrifice they had made while their father worked tirelessly. Vanessa also made sure that Bianka and Capri, who attended the ceremony with her, knew how much Kobe loved her. See Vanessa’s speech in its entirety above.



Robert Dunfee