Buss shared a story of how she was reeling over the death of her father, Dr.
Vanessa, 37, said "there aren't enough words" to describe the pain she feels along with her daughters Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and 7-month-old Capri. "We are devastated and have been forever changed by the sudden loss of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna", the team wrote on Instagram on January 29, along with a photo of Kobe and Gianna, WHICH YOU CAN SEE HERE.
Vanessa goes on to say that while she's "not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it's impossible to imagine life without them... we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way".
In her first public statement, she thanked the outpouring of "support and love" she and her family have received since the tragedy, adding "thank you for all the prayers". We will mourn together, cry together but we will also heal together, love together and win TOGETHER. "You not only inspired us towards greatness, you showed us the way".
The Lakers are family-owned and Bryant was a part of it for 20 seasons.
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She also expressed sympathy and support for the families of the other victims. When you invited me to lunch shortly after my father passed away, I was struggling to find motivation and objective. For everything you did on the court that filled me with so much joy and love, for all the lives you changed through basketball itself, it was that day with Gigi that reignited my drive and determination. Vanessa, Natalia, Bianka, and Capri - I am so sorry for your loss.
"We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately", Vanessa continues. We love you. Kobe - that's what you made you so unbelievably special.
Kobe and Gianna were amongst nine people who were killed when the private helicopter that they were traveling on crashed in Calabasas on January 26.
Although Friday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers will mark the first for the Lakers since his death, Bryant was remembered at Staples Center on Sunday night by performers at the Grammy Awards as fans gathered outside the arena in a spontaneous vigil.
Jeanie also spoke when Kobe had his #8 and #24 retired by the Lakers in 2017.
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News of the star's death at the age of 41 stunned artists and performers backstage at the arena when it broke earlier in the day. In his 20 years in the game, his legacy was built as a pillar of not only Los Angeles sports, but the city itself.