Kobe Bryant and his parents have a rocky relationship. This is no secret. Ever since Kobe married Vanessa in 2001, his parents have drifted away and never tried to mend the fences.
At the time, Kobe’s parents boycotted the wedding because they thought Vanessa was too young. The couple went on to have two daughters, Natalia, born in 2003, and Gianna three years later. The births of grandchildren helped heal the rift with Kobe’s parents.
However, that healing process hit another roadblock in 2013, when Kobe’s parents, Joe and Pam, reportedly sold some of the Lakers star’s old memorabilia and made about $500,000 off it. Needless to say, Kobe drifted further away from his kin before getting into a heated legal battle with them.
With Kobe’s career slated to end on April 13 against Utah Jazz at the Staples Center, the future hall-of-famer was asked if his parents were going to be in attendance. “The relationship with family is extremely important. But you also can’t force things. And so, I hope and I pray that one day things will be better between us. Unfortunately, today’s not that day,” Kobe Bryant told HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.
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Kobe isn’t sure if his parents were planning to attend the game. “I’ve thought about it. I’m not sure. Probably not,” said the Laker great. It would be a travesty if Kobe’s parents don’t show up. Some of Kobe’s oldest foes, for example Shaquille O’Neal, has already confirmed his attendance.
Let’s hope that Kobe and his parents can finally bury the hatchet. In recent years, Kobe hasn’t opened up about his relationship with his parents but it’s impossible to tell just how good or bad it actually is. The entire sporting world will be tuning in. Joe and Pam need to be there for Kobe Bryant.