In a tribute to Gianna Bryant and her teammates Payton Chester and Alyssa Altobelli, all of whom were unfortunate victims of the helicopter crash that claimed the lives of Kobe Bryant and several others, the WNBA used honorary draft picks on the three aforementioned girls' basketball players in a touching display.
Arash Markazi of the LA Times posted a poignant thread on Twitter with clips of the tribute and reaction from Vanessa Bryant, the wife of Kobe and mother of Gianna. In videos where she spoke on the event, she said that "Kobe and GiGi loved the WNBA" and that GiGi had "worked tirelessly every single day" to become a great athlete like her father.
This is one of the many tributes across basketball that have paid homage to the father-daughter duo that forever influenced the basketball landscape. In games played immediately after the crash, NBA teams performed acts of remembrance like letting the shot clock run down and taking eight-second backcourt violations.