Gianna Bryant and her Mamba Academy teammates will be memorialized in a big way Friday night … the WNBA is set to make them honorary picks in the org’s annual draft, according to Vanessa Bryant.
GiGi, Alyssa Altobelli and Peyton Chester — who all passed away in a helicopter crash with Kobe Bryant — will get the honor at some point during the televised selection process.
Of course, it’s a huge deal for the trio … they all had WNBA aspirations before their tragic deaths in January — and Vanessa praised the tribute on social media Friday.
The league’s show — which is slated to be entirely virtual this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic — is set to kick off at 4 PM PT on ESPN.
The WNBA becomes the latest in a long line of organizations, celebs and athletes that have paid tribute to the victims following the devastating helicopter wreck.
Remember, the Lakers held an emotional remembrance ceremony before their game against the Trailblazers on Jan. 31 … while players like LeBron James and Anthony Davis got tribute tattoos.
Meanwhile, UConn — Gianna’s dream school to hoop at — also paid tribute to Kobe’s daughter by laying out a No. 2 jersey before its game in late January.
Others, like NBA stud Lou Williams, had murals of Kobe and GiGi painted to pay respects following the tragedy.