Professional tennis player Naomi Osaka took to Twitter with a video of a tennis match with the late basketball player Kobe Bryant, which was recently commemorated.
The clip Osaka shared on his Twitter account showed her and the late NBA star trading blows on a tennis court. The tennis champion joked before adding a candy a message,
“He wasn’t that bad at tennis … I love you, my brother.”
The NBA legend had died in a helicopter crash, which also claimed the lives of his daughter Gianna and seven others. After the news surfaced, Osaka wrote a heartfelt letter to her friend, saying:
“Thank you for inspiring people everywhere, you have no idea how many hearts you have touched. Thank you for being so humble and not acting as big as you are.”
The public memorial for Kobe and Gianna was held on Monday. The wife of late basketball star Vanessa Bryant, went on stage to congratulate his loved ones.
He wasn’t SO bad at tennis haha I love you brother. pic.twitter.com/xn1QgFBfsH
– NaomiOsaka 大 坂 な お み (@naomiosaka) February 24, 2020
Mourners received a standing ovation from the audience. Vanessa was praised for her strength and courage following their passing.
After the memorial, she shared a tweet of admiration for the grieving wife and mother, calling her an “MVP.”
The distant relatives of the deceased star, Joe and Pam Bryant were also in attendance at the Celebration of Life of Kobe Bryant and his daughter.
Although they had not been in contact with their son for several years, after Pam, his mother, tried to auction off memorabilia from his early career, the parents mourned the loss of their son deeply.
In his speech, Grieving Vanessa shared sweet memories of her daughter, Gianna, and Kobe, whom she had affectionately called her soul mate.
Alex Rodriguez, a friend of Kobe, attended the memorial with his fiancee, Jennifer Lopez. After, he shared a tweet regarding the ceremony, stating that he was honored to be at the memorial and witness all the love firsthand.
Today we celebrate the incredible life of my good friend Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gigi. I was very honored to be the memorial and to witness all the love firsthand
Vanessa Bryant showed the ultimate strength with her beautiful speech. It was really remarkable and powerful pic.twitter.com/u6SNfH7IFp
– Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) February 24, 2020
Actress La La Anthony was also in attendance. After the memorial, she shared a tweet of admiration for the grieving wife and mother, call his “My MVP.”
The whole world has since the incident mourned the loss of the basketball star and his daughter, and has deeply sympathized with the family of the deceased.