Team Mamba Forever!

Why The WNBA Honorary Draft Picks of Gianna, Alyssa and Payton Means So Much

It’s been almost three months since that fateful Sunday morning in late January when activities were disrupted by breaking news that confirmed the unfathomable.

“Kobe was a huge advocate for the WNBA, and for women and girls in sports. Girls drop out of sports at an alarming rate by the age of 13.”

“Kobe also championed those who hoped to be a part of the league in the future by working with college teams like the University of Connecticut and University of Oregon. His impact was much broader than I certainly thought.”

Gigi and her dad after The Los Angeles Lakers became the 2009 NBA Champions
Kobe Bryant and his Mambas with Sabrina Ionescu
This image was heavily circulated on Twitter a couple of weeks before the helicopter crash

“When you think you can’t, UCONN.”

For the past few days, my mind has been preoccupied by the unimaginable set of events that cruelly ended the bright futures of three teenage girls, who were working hard, day and night, under the guidance of Kobe Bryant’s “Mamba mentality.”

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