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Vanessa Bryant 'Incredibly Proud' Of Husband Kobe's Induction Into NBA Hall Of Fame

By Mike Walters

Kobe Bryant's wife, Vanessa, is speaking out on her husband's induction to the NBA's Hall of Fame and says she is 'incredibly proud' of his posthumous accomplishment.

Vanessa Bryant spoke to ESPN from her home in Orange County, California sitting with the couple's daughter Natalia, and weighed in on the huge moment in the memory of the NBA legend.

"We wish that he was here with us to celebrate but it's definitely the peak of his NBA career and every accomplishment that he had as an athlete was a stepping stone to be here," Vanessa said in the interview.

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She continued, "So we’re incredibly proud of him, and there’s some solace in knowing that he was probably going to be part of the 2020 Hall of Fame class."

Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan along with six other players make up the 2020 class of inductees. The group will forever be enshrined inside the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Bryant's former agent and Los Angeles Lakers Vice President, Rob Pelinka, released a statement about the moment, saying, "All of us can trust that this Basketball Hall of Fame honor is one Kobe would, and will, deeply appreciate. The highest of congratulations to you, dear friend. This one is so well deserved — for all the hard work, sweat and toil. Now, a part of you will live in the Hall with the rest of the all-time greats, where your legend and spirit will continue to grow forever.”

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The induction comes just months after Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, were killed in a massive helicopter crash that claimed the lives of everyone on board.

Vanessa Bryant has sued the company which owned the chopper, claiming the pilot should have never taken off knowing how bad the weather was on that fateful day.

The NTSB has released photographs of the aircraft disappearing into low fog minutes before the accident. The operating theory, in this case, is the pilot got lost in the fog before crashing into a hillside.

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