Kobe Bryant’s Sister Pens Personal Post On His Hall of Fame Induction

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As part of her Hall of Fame remarks, Vanessa Bryant acknowledge and thanked her late husband, basketball great Kobe Bryant’s parents, Pam and Joe Bryant, for raising him to be exceptional. And while it is noted that neither his parents or sisters were in attendance (and reportedly may not have been invited), his sister Shaya noted the importance to Kode and their family in this social media post:

Bean, 
To say that your existence has inspired millions is no exaggeration, but your influence in my life was profound & personal. There was always something different about you Kobe. It was evident from the very beginning that there was a fire inside of you. Greatness was your destiny & being right by your side watching you make it happen, there was just no bigger joy for our family. We were born just 13 months apart. You, my baby brother were my best friend & a constant playdate. It was us against the world. It was family. It was traditions. It was time spent together doing what siblings do. I would watch you work so hard to make those dreams of yours come true. It wasn’t if but when you would become an NBA superstar. There was just no question that this was your path & you always knew how profound your footprint would be on this game you loved so deeply. I knew your dreams & watched you dedicate your life to being the absolute best player in the world. When the sun rose, you were outside playing ball & you didn’t come back in until the sun set & Mom called you in for dinner & even after that you would have me stand under the basket so you could practice dunking on someone. That was me, watching every dunk you would make & you loved when I would score them each 1 -10. You hated when I would give you a score of a 6 & would follow it up with some exceptional dunk even if we were outside way past dark. You were a perfectionist & at that time I had no clue I was watching a legend in front of me master his craft. To me you were just my little brother who I loved being with & basketball is what we played. You are being honored & inducted into the Hall of Fame & for you this was the plan all along. A dream imagined & a dream reached. The world is honoring you & your immense contribution to the game you gave so much to & I sit with so much joy in my heart as I know you are looking down with a basketball in your hand, maybe dribbling or practicing your follow through but smiling from the deepest part of your heart. I am so proud of who you are, how you lived, how you loved & proud to call you my brother. I love & miss you Bean. -Shaya


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