Gianna Bryant’s school retired her No. 2 basketball jersey on Wednesday night in a ceremony that paid tribute to her memory. Gianna Bryant’s school retired her basketball jersey on Wednesday night, according to a photo her mother shared on Instagram Gianna Bryant’s school retired her No. 2 basketball jersey Wednesday night in a ceremony that paid tribute to her memory.
“My Gianna. God I miss you,” Vanessa posted. “I’ve been so lucky to have woken up to see your gorgeous face and amazing smile for 13 years. Wish it would’ve been until my last breath.”
The heartbr*ak*ng message was posted along with a photo taken in the school’s gym, showing a portrait of the teen next to a table with red and pink flowers arranged to spell out “Gianna.” The display also included a red floral arrangement of the number 2, for the one Gianna wore on her basketball jersey at the Mamba Sports Academy. Videos Vanessa shared showed some of Gianna’s classmates singing a song in the teen’s honor. Teachers also shared memories of the 8th grader during the ceremony.
“Gianna was a warrior who gave 110 percent every time she stepped on the floor,” said her basketball coach, as he stood next to the teen’s t*ary-eyed teammates.
“In my 20 years of coaching basketball, Gigi was one of the fiercest competitors that I’ve ever seen,” he said. Vanessa lost her husband and their daughter, nicknamed “Gigi,” in a tragic helicopter cr*sh in Calabasas, California, on Jan. 26. Earlier this week, Vanessa said she was moved by a moment of silence Bryant received during Sunday night’s Super Bowl game. She married the former Lakers star in 2001. Their three surv*v1ng daughters are Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 7 months.
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