The basketball world celebrated Mamba Day on Monday, April 13 — a tribute to the late Kobe Bryant on the anniversary of his final game in the NBA now four years ago.
And in a heartbreaking message shared hours ago in reference to the emotional and memorable day itself, Kobe’s widow Vanessa Bryant is sharing her thoughts and feelings right now. As you no doubt probably expect, it’s seriously heavy and heartbreaking to hear what she’s going through with the absence of her husband and daughter Gianna Bryant after January’s horrific helicopter crash.
In a new Instagram post published to coincide with Mamba Day and Kobe’s memory, Vanessa shared a truly gut-wrenching message about wishing she could “go back to that morning” of the ill-fated helicopter flight and change things. She noted in the post, too, how her husband had only fully started to live out his post-playing life after retirement from the Los Angeles Lakers, and the best was undoubtedly yet to come ahead of the crash.
So, so sad.
Here’s her message in full (below):
“My husband worked his ass off for 20 years. Gave it his all. All he wanted was to spend time with our girls and me to make up for lost time. He wanted to be there for every single milestone and special moment in our girls lives. He only got to enjoy 3 years and 9 months of retirement. We had 2 more daughters, he won an Oscar, he opened Granity studios, he became a 5x best selling author and coached Gianna’s basketball team in that time. She worked hard and gave her all 7 days a week just like her daddy. I wish I could go back to that morning, every day. I wish they had a normal local game on 1/26. Life truly isn’t fair. This is just senseless.”
Wow. Senseless, and tragic, and heartbreaking, and just… all of the above.
Vanessa shared a video along with the message, too, which you can see (below):
Wow. Talk about raw emotion and real feelings.
Our thoughts continue to be with Vanessa and the entire Bryant extended family, as well as Kobe and Gianna’s friends, family, and loved ones. It’s been several months now, but things clearly haven’t gotten any easier for the grieving widow.
Maybe they never will.
Rest in Peace, Kobe and GiGi…
[Image via WENN/Avalon]