Klay Thompson recently starred in a wholesome moment when he remembered the late Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, crediting the Black Mamba for inspiring his comeback and making him the athlete he is right now, saying nothing but great things about Bryant, who would have been so happy to see how important he is for a player like Thompson.
During the 2022 ESPYs ceremony, Klay received the Comeback of the Year Award after completing a magical season with the Golden State Warriors. They won their 4th championship in the last eight years. It was rough; Klay had to go through two season-ending injuries, and even though it was frustrating, his patience paid off, and now he's a 4x NBA champion looking to add more silverware.
After receiving the big honor, Klay had some nice words to say about Kobe, explaining how crucial Bryant was for him during this process and even before he made it to the NBA.
"The best memories I had growing up in Southern California was coming to STAPLES with my father. I have had a privileged life, my dad was a commentator for the Lakers. I'd go to every game early just to watch Kobe do his thing. I'd like to thank the Bryant family. I don't know if Vanessa is out there watching, but I'd like to thank Vanessa and her three kids. We think of Kobe and Gigi every day. I read Mamba Mentality every day during rehab, those were the best memories, watching him play. He inspired me to be the athlete I am today."
This was a great gesture from the Splash Brother, and many people celebrated it. Vanessa Bryant wasn't the exception, and she took to Instagram to send a message to Klay, thanking him for remembering Kobe and Gianna.
"@klaythompson , you’re a class act. Thank you for your support and love for Kobe, my Gigi and our family. Thank you for always including my Gigi when you think of Kob. Congratulations. #MambaMentality #Espys"
It's not uncommon to see people paying homage to Kobe Bryant. Still, it's so cool to see players who went through terrible situations find inspiration in KB24, who never gave up and always tried to be better than before while inspiring others in the process. It's been two years since the NBA and the world lost Kobe Bryant, and there's no day when people don't remember him.