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Unless you've been living under a rock or have no access to Internet, TV
or radio, you'd know that Kobe Bryant retired on Wednesday after playing 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe's career and especially his last game—he scored an unbelievable 60 points—has been analyzed and dissected in
the past few days (including this article that
pinpoints all 30,699 shots that he ever took.)
What you may not have seen is this sweet pre-game video that Kobe's wife
Vanessa made with their two daughters, Natalia and Gianna, wishing him well and
looking forward to the time they'll be able to spend together as a family now
that there isn't a basketball, a hoop and 20,000 screaming fans in their way:
14. In an emotional interview,
Kobe took the blame for his wife's 2005 miscarriage saying the stress of his
affair and the rape allegations proved to be too much for his wife. "The reality
is it happened because of me," he said.
15. Vanessa later filed for divorce in 2011, but she and
Kobe reconciled in 2013 and they called off divorce proceedings.
16. It's rumored that Vanessa hates former fellow Laker
wife Khloé Kardashian and refused to sit near her when she attended games while
married to Lamar Odom.
17. Protective dad Kobe has joked that oldest daughter
Natalia can only date "when she's married" and that he will be arranging the
18. Natalia is an avid soccer player. Kobe and Vanessa
are often seen cheering from the sidelines of her weekly games.
19. Apparently Gianna is the comedian in the family, and
isn't afraid to make fun of her famous dad—as seen in this
video mocking his seriousness.
20. Contrary to popular belief, Vanessa does work. She
is credited with working in the prop departments of two films: 2004's "Man on
Fire" starring Denzel Washington and 2011's "Colombiana" starring Zoe Saldana.