Serena Williams commemorated the day that would have had Kobe Bryant celebrating his 42nd birthday – if it weren’t for his regretful death caused by the helicopter crash in Calabasas – by sharing a short film made by Nike in honor of the famous NBA player.
Serena Williams appears in the short film on a hard court along with her daughter Olympia.
“Kobe taught us to be better.
A better scorer, better mentor, better father, better champion. Today, on his birthday, we continue his endless pursuit of better,” Nike wrote in the description of the video posted on Instagram.
How did Serena Williams react to Kobe Bryant's death
When Bryant suffered the tragic death, tennis champion Serena Williams did all she could: she sent her prayers to Kobe, his dead daughter Gianna and his grieving family, as well as to the other victims of the helicopter crash that took place near Calabasas, California.
“I will continue to pray for the Bryant family, the Chester family, the Altobelli family, the Mauser family, and the Zobayan family and friends during this difficult time. Your legend will live on”. Serena said on her Instagram along with a simple picture of the red color.
“Rejoice in the hope. Endure under tribulation. Persevere in prayer”. Serena quoted the Bible on her Instagram story. Regarding the relation between Serena and Kobe Bryant, the two had mutual respect for each other’s accomplishments in their chosen sports.
Kobe even called Serena “The GOAT (Greatest Of All Time)” in a tweet after the American tennis player won the 2017 Australian Open final against her sister Venus Williams and got one Grand Slam away from reaching Margaret Court record of 24.
Besides this, Bryant and Williams collaborated for the Kobe and Annie Matthew’s book, ‘Legacy and the Queen’, that encompasses a tale of finding your inner magic against all odds. “We sat on the phone for like an hour and we just talked.
We talked about technique, we talked about practice, we talked about the emotional struggles of being a young athlete. I think a lot of times as athletes, we feel like being sensitive is a weakness. I wanted (Legacy and the Queen) to be a great example for my daughters, for all the young women out there, that your sensitivity is where a lot of your power, your inner magic comes from”, Kobe said at the Orange County Children's Book Festival at Orange Coast College.