On Tuesday, Kobe Bryant would have turned 44. His wife, Vanessa, shared a touching birthday message on Instagram, saying how much she loves and misses him.
In 2009, the year Kobe won his fourth NBA championship and his first NBA Finals MVP award, Vanessa shared a selfie of herself and her NBA legend husband.
You can see Bryant giving Vanessa a bear hug after the game while sporting his 2009 NBA Championship shirt and hat. They were both beaming.
The 40-year-old wished the infant a happy birthday on Tuesday.
“I love you and miss you so much! #44 ❤️ @kobebryant”
Since the untimely deaths of her husband Kobe, whom she married in April 2001, and her daughter Gigi, Vanessa has been paying tribute to them in a variety of ways. Some of these include getting tattoos in their honour, starting the Mambacita clothing line, and taking her other 3 daughters to Italy, where Kobe was raised.
Vanessa reported visiting Reggio Calabria in July, the city where her spouse had resided since he was around 8 years old.
Of course, Bryant went on to play 20 seasons in the NBA — winning 5 championships and 2 NBA Finals MVP … was an 18-time NBA All-Star, broke numerous records, and is known as one of the best NBA players ever.
Happy Bday, Kobe!