Vanessa Bryant has spent the last several years recovering from a tragedy no family should ever have to deal with.
In January of 2020 she lost both her husband, Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, and daughter, Gianna, in a helicopter accident.
Since then Vanessa has focused on remaining a pillar of strength and comfort for her family.
One person who has assisted her in these efforts is Kobe’s former Lakers teammate, Pau Gasol.
This week was no exception.
In an epic celebration, Gasol helped bring in little Bianka’s sixth birthday.
The imagery speaks for itself:
Happy 6th birthday Bianka Bella! That look gets me every time!! 😂 I love you! ❤️😘 pic.twitter.com/is3pc7UQGP
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) December 6, 2022
NBA Twitter is comprised of a notoriously fickle crowd. It is always hard to please them.
But they absolutely loved what they saw:
Doesn’t get better than Uncle Pau! https://t.co/fDdxMZtFME
— Tyler Mosley (@tylermosley87) December 6, 2022
Uncle Pau https://t.co/8aFJpK3J0C
— Vernon Carter (@TrkTurner) December 6, 2022
My guy https://t.co/HLMsb4PvkC
— Jet Jackson (@Bari_3J) December 6, 2022
Pau is the man https://t.co/xXR7Cegc9x
— Roll Like Rodgers (@cthmgh1228) December 6, 2022
Vanessa also shared some other photos from the celebration:
He has also been a tremendous stabilizing force for the Bryant family as a whole.
Vanessa has had to deal with a lot since losing her husband and daughter. Between the disastrous legal war with her own mom, the brutal claims LA County made against her and what fans seem to think is her shifting appearance – it has been one thing after another.
The Raiders deserve a playoff spot on the strength of Mark Davis’ game alone. https://t.co/d7fdMLsban
— Game 7 (@game7__) December 5, 2022
Through it all, she has remained strong – thanks in no small part to the support she has received from people like Gasol.
The Bryant family will always be considered royalty in Los Angeles. They have the support of the entire city, no ands, ifs or ors about it.
Hopefully as more time passes they can continue to heal from the tragedy they experienced and go on to have happy and productive lives.