“The trophy named after Kobe and Gigi Bryant will reward individuals or a group of people who make remarkable contributions, promoting and developing women’s basketball at all levels,” the association said in a statement.
The association noted that Vanessa, wife of American basketball legend # Kobe_Bryant, who spent with his daughter Gianna in a helicopter accident in late January: “will have a key role in determining the winners of this award.”
The association added: “(Vanessa) will deliver the cup annually on the sidelines of the weekend of the All-Star Game, which brings together the most prominent stars in the eastern and western regions in the NBA, and will be held during February of each year.”
“Kobe was one of the people who strongly supported women’s basketball, and Gianna shared his passion for our sport,” said Kate Engelbert, president of the Professional Basketball Association.
She continued: “This trophy is a tribute to them and will echo Cuban determination to form a new generation of players, to promote our sport and give back to the basketball family.”
Gianna, who nicknamed “Gigi”, wanted to become a professional NBA player and had always accompanied her 5-time NBA champion in the Los Angeles Lakers to watch men’s and women’s basketball and train at his side in the exercise hall of their luxury home. , He also supervised the training of her school team.