Rome, 22 July 2022 – The sea of Sicily, with the splendid scenery of Catania, Known And Taorminathe island of Caprithe Amalfi coast, Maratea, Panareabut most of all Reggio Calabria. The holidays in Italy of Vanessa Bryantthe wife of the Nba myth Kobe Bryantwho passed away on January 26, 2020 together with the daughter Gianna in a tragic helicopter accident, they are also crossing symbolic places of the Black Mamba Italian. Not only sea and sun in the company of her daughters: the widow of Kobe in fact also made a stop in the city where the star of the Los Angeles Lakers started playing basketball: Reggio Calabria.
The young Kobe was very attached to our country, not only because he was between Rieti, Reggio Calabria, Pistoia And Reggio Emilia grew up following the adventures as a professional player of the father Joe, but because here in Italy he met, embraced and started to love what would become much more than a passion. A real obsession: basketball. Two and a half years after her disappearance, his wife Vanessa has decided to bring them here daughters Natalia Diamante, Bianka Bella And Capri Kobe in what partly resembles a pilgrimage, a gesture of devotion to her husband. “My husband lived here when he was about 8 years old”, wrote Vanessa on Instagram, posting photos of Bianka Bella and Capri in Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi of the Calabrian capital, but also some shots of the Lungomare Falcomatà.
Kobe’s father played Reggio Calabria in mesh Viola between 1986 and 1987. A special year for Kobe, who in the city of the strait, when he was about 8 years old, really started playing basketball. His performances are celebrated during the intervals of the Viola’s matches, with the spectators of the PalaPentimele intrigued and then immediately attracted to that little boy who never wanted to detach himself from that ball in wedges.
The myth of the Black Mamba it never ceases to be celebrated, not only in Italy, but all over the world. The last to do it was Klay Thompson. The tirade of the Golden State Warriors, fresh NBA champions, collected the Espy Award 2022 under the heading ‘Best Comeback’. Returning from a double injury to his knee and Achilles tendon that had put his career at risk, Thompson once received the award spoke about Kobe and his wife Vanessa: “I would like to thank the Bryant family, Vanessa and the three beautiful girls. I don’t know if Vanessa is watching us, but I would like to say that we think about Kobe and Gigi every day.” Not just you, dear Klay. We too from Italy think about it every day.