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It would have been a dream come true for her.

"She worked tirelessly every single day. And I just knew that she was the one".

Alongside Gianna were her teammates Alyssa Altobelli and Payton Chester.

In another heartrending post, Bryant, who according to People, met the basketball star on the set of a music video in 1999 at the tender age of 17 (he was 20), shared a clip of Kobe giving an interview to MTV News.

Kobe added that Vanessa's strong will is one of the things he loves most about her. "Vanessa, she's very strong, she's very strong-willed", he said with a smile. I want to congratulate all of this year's draft picks.

Vanessa then gave the ladies a few words of wisdom, inspired by the memory of her husband and daughter: "Work hard, never settle".

"She exemplified the Mamba mentality and was a fierce competitor".

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During the draft, Engelbert announced the picks from home, with the players also waiting to be selected from their homes.

"Gianna Maria-Onor'e Bryant #GigiBryant #Mambacita #Wings ❤️You did it!"

"These athletes represented the future of the WNBA", Englebert said at the start of the draft. They represent the next generation of stars in our league. "Maybe what might have been called the mambacita generation".

Known as Gigi, Gianna was the frequent focus of her mother's social media posts, allowing fans to follow her triumphs at youth tournaments and watch the prodigy join her father on court as her talent and love for the sport flourished before her death.

The loving tribute comes less than a week after WNBA commissioner Cathy Englebert paid tribute to Gigi Bryant by posthumously drafting her into the league.

"When David Stern launched the WNBA 23 years ago, he changed the course of women's basketball in the US forever ..."

The teen was quickly coming into her own as a basketball player, showing the hoops world and social media that she possessed a skillset and fierce determination on the court that was nearly similar to her famous father's.

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