LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Jeanie Buss and Rob Pelinka issued touching tributes to Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna on Thursday, mourning their deaths but also remembering them both as inspirational figures.
Buss is controlling owner and president of the Lakers and has described Bryant as like a member of her family.
Pelinka too was very close to the late NBA superstar, serving as his agent for many years before taking the front office role with the team.
“Kobe, I don’t know how to express what you mean to me, my family and the Los Angeles Lakers,” Buss wrote on Instagram. “My father loved you like a son, which makes us family.”
She recalled when her father, team owner Jerry Buss, died in 2013, Bryant was one of the people who gave her strength and purpose. Kobe, she said, brought Gianna to see Jeanie “to show her that women can …