Vanessa and two of their three surviving daughters, Bianka, 4, and Capri, 23 months, visited a special exhibit honoring the Lakers star on Friday, May 14. According to ESPN, the exhibit, located in Springfield, Mass., was largely designed by Vanessa, who worked with other companies to bring her vision together.
John Doleva, the president and CEO of the Hall of Fame, said in a press conference on Friday, "The family had a time to think about what they wanted to do... [It's] about Kobe's accomplishments but also about what Kobe was after he left the Lakers, after he left basketball."
Additionally, Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated read a statement on Vanessa's behalf. She wrote, "Kobe is honored to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. I look forward to celebrating Kobe's legacy and offering my remarks at the enshrinement ceremony tomorrow. On behalf of our family, we appreciate the continuous love and support from fans all over the world."
Michael Jordan is expected to present Kobe at the actual ceremony, while Vanessa will accept the honor on her late husband's behalf.
Though Vanessa declined the opportunity to answer questions alongside other inductees, including Kevin Garnett, she shared a glimpse of the exhibit as she and her daughters toured it for the first time.
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