Vanessa Bryant traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah, this past weekend in commemoration of NBA All-Star Weekend 2023.
As the wife of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, Vanessa is obviously no stranger to attending these sorts of festivities. That said, her presence at various NBA-related events has carried significantly more weight since Kobe’s untimely passing.
Vanessa is not only the Bryant family matriarch, but also about as close as basketball fans have to basketball royalty at this point – particularly in Los Angeles.
A number of photos of Vanessa at All-Star Weekend slowly began to trickle out this weekend, and fans flocked to react to her outfit choice.
— (Raquel) KB💜💛 (@SOULbeautifulme) February 18, 2023
“Vanessa Bryant looking absolutely GORGEOUS headed to All-Star Weekend,” one fan wrote. “Love to see this cause I know it’s not easy without Kobe.”
“I continue to be amazed by her strength,” another fan agreed.
“She is always so fly,” a third person noted.
WNBA star Sabrina Ionescu of the New York Liberty also shared some photos of Vanessa from All-Star Weekend.
“You guys are great friends and family to Vanessa,” a fan replied.
One of the reasons Vanessa was on hand for All-Star Weekend this year was because of Pau Gasol’s Hall of Fame nomination. The latter was obviously a close friend to Kobe, and he has supported the Bryant family immensely over the past few years.
Uncle Pau last night
(Via Vanessa Bryant) pic.twitter.com/OLqsRc02jQ
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) February 18, 2023
Just last month Gasol’s special gift to Vanessa went mega-viral, signifying just how close the pair’s bond truly is. The two of them have been inseparable as of late, going on vacations together and linking up to commemorate major occasions.
The last time Vanessa stepped out publicly like this at an All-Star Weekend fans noticed something about her appearance and made a big thing out of it. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case this time around.
This particular time of the year is undoubtedly tough for Vanessa. Seeing the way Karl-Anthony Towns and Jordyn Woods celebrated Valentine’s Day or Kyle Kuzma and Winnie Harlow celebrated it undoubtedly makes her miss her beau. The holiday has always been closely linked to NBA All-Star Weekend for hoops fans.
The GOAT had himself quite the birthday party. https://t.co/jSob0jelt1
— Game 7 (@game7__) February 18, 2023
But as usual, Vanesa handled the situation with class and grace.
Hopefully as the years pass, Vanessa continues to be a prominent participant in many NBA-related activities. Fans love to see her, and she is a crucial reminder of Kobe’s impact on the sport.