Klay ThompsonThe latest tribute from Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant may deserve an award of its own.

During the 2022 ESPYS on July 20, the Golden State Warriors player received the title of Best Comeback Athlete. In the middle of his acceptance speech, the NBA champion looked back on the places people who inspired him to dream big. 

The crowd at the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood heard him say that Staples is where he had his best memories. Kobe’s game is my favorite. I will go to any of his games early to catch him.

The memories propelled Klay to express his gratitude to the Bryant family for all they have done on and off the court. He continued: “I don’t even know if Vanessa is there watching, but we think of Kobe, Gigi, and Vanessa every day. I also read Mamba MentalityDuring rehab, he played every day and these are some of the most memorable moments in my life.

Klay stated, “He inspired and motivated me to be an athlete like I am today.” Thank you Kobe. “Thanks Kobe.