“She was extraordinary,” Matt Mauser mentioned of his bride, mother to youngsters Penny, Tom, and Ivy, and an assistant coach on Kobe’s Mamba Academy staff. “She was extremely witty, humorous, humorous like no one you have ever met.”

And expert sufficient on the court docket to catch the attention of a sure 18-time NBA All Star. With Matt and Christina each serving as coaches on the non-public Orange County, Calif. faculty that Kobe’s daughters attended, “He noticed what a tremendous thoughts [Christina] had for basketball and he introduced her on,” Matt defined throughout his Jan. 27 At the moment look. “He requested her to show the youngsters protection.”

Nicknamed MOD, as in Mom of Protection, “She was heat, she was extremely shiny, she was technologically extremely savvy,” Matt continued. “She may work out something.” Now, he and his youngsters try to work out how one can transfer ahead whereas honoring her legacy. “I simply attempt to stay the life that Christina would need us to stay,” he instructed The Orange County Register. “Life is for residing, and life is gorgeous regardless of all of the stuff that we have been by means of and all people has been by means of. You are supposed to seek out pleasure in life.”