Michael Jordan shared a special moment with Kobe Bryant’s wife at the All-Star Game on Sunday … with MJ embracing Vanessa after the Lakers legend was honored during halftime. The Black Mamba received a powerful ovation as members of the league’s 75th-anniversary team were recognized in Cleveland … and Vanessa was visibly overcome with emotion as her husband was featured on the scoreboard.
Jordan, Jerry West and Lakers GM/Kobe’s longtime agent Rob Pelinka were spotted alongside Vanessa during the festivities … as #23 went up and gave her a big hug and chatted with her on the court. Kobe’s presence was felt throughout the night … as Vanessa was in attendance to hand Chris Paul the
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WNBA’s first Kobe and Gigi Bryant Advocacy award, which honors players for their contributions to women’s hoops. Stephen Curry won the newly-designed Kobe Bryant All-Star MVP award … after nailing 16 3-pointers to help Team LeBron beat Team Durant, 163-160. The exchange between MJ and Vanessa was truly emotional for fans to watch —
Jordan and Kobe were close, and the Bulls legend even gave a tearful speech at Bryant’s service in 2020. The whole night was special as the league’s greatest were recognized … and Kobe was certainly missed.