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Vanessa Bryant took to Instagram where she notified her followers about the event and how they can watch it.

During the segment, WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert also honored Kobe and late NBA Commissioner David Stern, who passed away on January 1.

"She worked tirelessly every single day".

"On behalf of my family, I'd like to thank the WNBA for honoring Payton and her teammates. And I just knew that she was the one".

A few months after the tragic death of Gianna Bryant, the 13-year-old daughter of Kobe Bryant who died in the same plane crash as she did, one of her dreams came true.

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"These athletes represented the future of the WNBA", Englebert said at the start of the draft. "So, thank you. Thank you for honoring my little girl", she said.

Vanessa added, both Gigi and her father had been vast supporters of WNBA. I want to congratulate all of this year's draft picks. "Never settle. Use that Mamba Mentality". "Honorary Draft Picks: Gianna Bryant, Alyssa Altobelli and Peyton Chester class of 2024", Vanessa captioned the promo footage, with a string of heart emojis strewn throughout her words. You deserved to live a long, healthy and happy life.

The Los Angeles Lakers excellent was an 18- time All-Star, five-time National Basketball Association champ, two-time racking up champ and also the 2007-08 Most Valuable Player. "Players who were following their passions, acquiring knowledge of the game, exhibiting skills that were way beyond their years and they represented the next generation of stars in our league".

After the conclusion of the draft on Friday night, the WNBA announced the creation of the Kobe & Gigi Bryant WNBA Advocacy Award, given to "an individual or group who has made significant contributions to the visibility, perception and advancement of women's and girls' basketball at all levels".

"When David Stern launched the WNBA 23 years ago, he changed the course of women's basketball in the US forever ..." "I wish you were here to hold me in your arms".

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