An Emotional Vanessa Bryant Delivers Heartfelt Message After The WNBA Makes Gianna Bryant, Alyssa Altobelli and Payton Chester Honorary Draft Picks

Gianna Bryant, Alyssa Altobelli and Payton Chester, who were among nine killed in a tragic January helicopter crash that also claimed the life of NBA great Kobe Bryant, were named honorary draft picks in Friday’s WNBA draft.

All three girls were 13 years old at the time of the helicopter crash that was headed to a basketball game at Kobe Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy on Jan. 26.

After the honorary draft picks were announced Kobe Bryant’s widow Vanessa Bryant delivered a heartfelt message thanking the WNBA and congratulating the rest of the draftees.

So much feels.

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