Bryant's widow gifts Dodgers with iconic Nike sneakers, honoring his legacy.
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Bryant’s widow gifts Dodgers with iconic Nike sneakers, honoring his legacy.

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It’s not easy to locate gifts for millionaires, but Kobe Bryant’s widow Vanessa seemed to have struck gold with Los Angeles Dodgers players this week.

On the eighth anniversary of Bryant’s final NBA game, Vanessa gifted Dodgers players exclusive footwear in a team color pattern from the late basketball star’s signature Nike line.

On the social networking site X, the club sent a thank you note to Vanessa Bryant along with photographs of the sneakers, and on Instagram, it published a video of players unboxing their new Nike Kobe 6 LA Dodgers PE shoes.

Mookie Betts declared that he would wear them every day, prompting manager Dave Roberts to say, “These are ridiculous.” I am going to rock these with Mamba pride.

Bryant scored 60 points for the Los Angeles Lakers against the Utah Jazz in his final game at home on April 13, 2016, also known as Mamba Day in reference to his Black Mamba nickname.

Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others died in a helicopter crash in 2020.

The Bryants have long had a deep connection to the Dodgers.

In September, Natalia Bryant threw out the first pitch before a game against the Atlanta Braves.

Natalia smiled and hugged Betts, who was wearing her father’s No. 24 jersey over his uniform.

Bryant was accompanied by her mother, Vanessa, and her two sisters, Bianka, 6, and Capri, 4. They all donned Dodgers jerseys. Vanessa’s back read Queen Mamba, a reference to Kobe’s nickname. Rob Pelinka, the Lakers’ general manager, also attended.

The Braves and Dodgers lined up on the first and third base lines, with the Dodgers donning Lakers uniforms and supporters yelling ‘Kobe! Kobe!’

As the Bryants were introduced, Vanessa blew a kiss to the audience. Natalia cradled her younger sister before dropping her down and stood alone on the field to watch a slide display of her father visiting the Dodgers’ clubhouse.

Natalia was following her father’s footsteps. In 2000, Kobe Bryant threw the first pitch at a Dodgers game.

The family settled inside the owners’ box to watch the game, with Bianka leaning over the fence that separates the seats from the field for a better view.

Fans who purchased a special ticket package received a black jersey with the Dodgers and No. 8 on the front and Bryant and No. 24 on the back, Bryant’s numbers from his 20-year stint in Los Angeles.

The Dodgers gave a $100,000 cheque to the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation, a non-profit organization that offers money and sports programming to underprivileged players.

 

 

 

 

 

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