The WNBA Draft is tonight and Gigi was the 1st honorary pick, which was a very nice thing for them to do.
"Kobe was an incredible champion of women's basketball and Gianna shared his passion and dedication to our game", said WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert.
Ionescu was mentored by basketball legend Bryant, who was killed in a helicopter crash in January. "Thank you for honoring my little girl". "Kobe and Gigi loved the WNBA - this is his sweatshirt", she added, referencing the orange hoodie she donned.
"Gigi would have likely become the best player in the WNBA", she said. "She would have made a huge difference in women's basketball".
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The inaugural award will be announced by the league and the Bryant family at the 2021 WNBA All-Star game.
Following his retirement in 2016, Bryant maintained his link with the Olympics by promoting Los Angeles' successful bid for the 2028 Games.
"Every day we face so many stigmas and stereotypes", Los Angeles Sparks star Chiney Ogwumike said in the ESPN feature on Bryant's impact on women's basketball. The Lakers icon and his daughter Gigi are severely missed.
It is not clear, but for sure the will be helping so much to try to work out - together with her - the bad mourning: "My brain refuses to accept that both Kobe and Gigi are gone", Vanessa said recently. I want to congratulate all of this year's draft picks.
The posts have since led to an outpouring of support for Vanessa, which already have about 4 million likes.