Kobe Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, is not a happy camper these days! Earlier this year, the widow didn’t renew the contract with Nike to extend his longstanding deal with the company. Now, she is furious as there has been a public leak of the Mambacita sneakers she designed that honors her and Kobe’s late daughter, Gianna, who died in a helicopter crash with her father early last year.
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Bryant played his whole 20-year NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was a five-time NBA champion, a two-time Finals MVP, and the league’s most valuable player in 2008. During his career, Bryant made the All-Star team 18 times and was the youngest player to ever reach 30,000 points. Bryant retired from the NBA in 2016, scoring an NBA-season-high 60 points in his final game.
The 41-year-old basketball legend died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven other people on Jan. 26, 2020.