Grab the tissues because Natalia Bryant just gave a tear-jerking tribute to her late father, Kobe Bryant, and it’s safe to say that there was not a dry eye in the house. The TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood honored the NBA star by putting a cement block with his hand and footprints permanently outside of the forecourt. Obviously, this is a tremendous honor. Natalia spoke at the special event, beginning her speech by calling Kobe the “MVP of girl dads,” a title that Kobe was always happy to get when he was alive.
The college student continued, “I’m honored to be here today to recognize the man that we all knew and love, my dad, Kobe Bryant. Let me tell you he is the MVP of girl dads, to say the least.” Natalia then touched on how special it will be for fans to be able to come to Los Angeles to see the tribute. “Dad, you’re an icon, a legend, a storyteller, and most importantly, the best girl dad any young woman could ever dream of,” she concluded. “I’m honored to be here to represent you and our family, and we are extremely proud of you. We will love you forever and always.” And cue the tears.
Natalia’s mom, Vanessa Bryant, thanked her for speaking at the event on Instagram, saying that she knew “how hard it is to do what you did today.”