Gianna Bryant jersey retirement ceremony

Mambacita Forever

Vanessa Bryant shares emotional videos from Gianna Bryant’s jersey retirement

The 13-year-old was honored during a ceremony at her middle school

Gianna Bryant’s memory will live on forever. On Thursday, February 6, Vanessa Bryant took to her social media to share emotional videos from her late daughter’s basketball jersey retirement ceremony. “My Gianna. God I miss you. I’ve been so lucky to have woken up to see your gorgeous face and amazing smile for 13 years. Wish it would’ve been until my last breath. Mommy loves you to the moon and back. Infinity plus 1. #2 #Mambacita #GigiBryant.” Next to the message was a picture of the gymnasium at Gianna’s middle school decorated with a floral number 2 and red balloons. In front was Gianna’s name in red and pink flowers and a picture of the smiling teen flashed on a screen behind it.

Gianna Bryant, Kobe Bryant©@vanessabryant
Gianna Bryant’s # 2 jersey was retired at her middle school

During the emotional ceremony, Gigi’s teammates, coaches and members of the school community spoke about her kindness and athleticism. “Gianna was a warrior every time she stepped on the court,” one of her coaches shared. “She had that Mamba Mentality. No matter who she was playing, she was going to force her will and help her team to find a way to win.”


Following the series of videos from the emotional ceremony, Vanessa shared the picture of the middle school jersey with the number two that sits under Gigi’s name. In the same carousel, Vanessa shared the video of the official reveal. “My Gigi. I love you! I miss you. You’ve taught us all that no act of kindness is ever too small. Mommy is still and will ALWAYS be so proud of you mamacita.”

Vanessa Bryant, Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant©@vanessabryant
Gianna and her father Kobe Bryant passed away on Jan 26

Gianna, her father Kobe, 40, and seven others tragically passed away on Sunday, January 26, following a helicopter crash. Prior to Vanessa’s post about the ceremony, she remembered her husband. In a clip from Extra, the former Los Angeles Laker spoke about his wife, calling her his best friend.

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In another post, Vanessa shared a picture of her husband, next to a caption that read: “#mybestfriend #theBestdaddy Miss you so much. #handsome #sweet #funny #silly #lovinghusband Miss you saying, “Bonjourno principessa/reina””

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