Vanessa Bryant Congratulates Lakers After Winning NBA Championship

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Vanessa Bryant sent her love and congratulations to the Los Angeles Lakers after they took him the championship title on Sunday, October 11.

While congratulating the Lakers, who defeated the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, Vanessa also honored her late husband, Kobe Bryant, and daughter Gianna Bryant.

Read on to see what Vanessa had to say about the victory and how the Lakers wanted to win for Kobe.

Honoring Kobe and Gigi 

Vanessa shared a photo of Kobe alongside Rob Pelinka, who is the general manager of the Lakers, on her Instagram Story on Sunday night.

“Congratulations Uncle P! Congratulations @lakers. Kobe was right, RP! ‘Stay the course – blockout the noise,’” she captioned the photo.

She also added, “Wish Kobe and Gigi were here to see this.”

As many will remember, Kobe and Gigi — along with seven others — tragically died in a helicopter crash back in January.

The entire Lakers organization decided to dedicate the season to Kobe, as he played his 20-year career wearing the purple and gold.

Wanted to Win For Kobe

Following their victory, Lakers player Anthony Davis opened up about losing Kobe and how it impacted the team as a whole.

“Ever since the tragedy, all we wanted to do is do it for him and we didn’t let him down,” he said in a post-game interview.

“It would have been great to do it last game in his jerseys, but it made us come down even more aggressive, even more powerful on both ends of the floor, to make sure we close it down tonight.”

He continued, “I know he’s looking down on us proud of us. I know Vanessa is proud of us, the organization’s proud of us. It means a lot to us.”

LeBron James also shared how the basketball star’s passing motivated the players, sharing that it brought the team “even closer together.

“And obviously we know it brought the whole basketball world close as well,” he continued.

“But when you’re internal and it hits home, it just means that much more. We locked in from that very moment, saying, ‘This is bigger than us, this is bigger than us.'”

This is the Lakers’ 17th championship and the franchise’s first since Kobe brought home the title in 2010 over the Boston Celtics.

And, with last night’s victory, LeBron has now won his first NBA title in Los Angeles. He has won four NBA Championships in total, picking up two with the Miami Heat and one with the Cleveland Cavaliers