Vanessa Bryant Says Late Husband Kobe Bryant Would Have Been “So Proud” After Book Becomes Best Seller

On Wednesday, April 8, Kobe Bryantโ€™s widow Vanessa Bryant praised her late husband, who passed away in a tragic helicopter crash alongside their 13-year-old daughter Gianna on January 26, on Instagram after his sports fantasy novel became aย New York Times Best Seller.

โ€œ5 championships ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†. 5 NYT bestsellers ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–. The Mamba strikes again. ๐Ÿโ€ย  she captioned her Instagram post, sharing a photo of the book.

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Season One is the second book of Kobeโ€™s seriesย The Wizenard Series. He collaborated on the project with author Wesley King.

Vanessa said that Kobeย โ€œwould have been so proud to see his work continuing on with The #Wizenard Series: Season One.โ€

โ€œThank you for supporting his legacy!!!!!โ€ she added.

The widow previously celebrated the bookโ€™s release on March 31, captioning the post,ย โ€œWelcome back to Dren!โ€

โ€œWe hope you are all ready to catch up with the West Bottom Badgers for another magical basketball season,โ€ย  Vanessa said.ย โ€œThe #Wizenard Series: Season One is OUT NOW #KobeBryant #GranityStudios #KobeInc.โ€

Kobeโ€™s first book in the series,ย Training Camp, followed an underdog basketball team called the West Bottom Badgers as they experienced multiple magical happenings after a new coach arrives at their training grounds.

Earlier in April, King opened up toย PEOPLE Nowย about how tirelessly he and Kobe worked onย Season One.ย โ€œThis is an underdog story,โ€ he began. โ€œThis is a story about a kid whoโ€™s defined himself as being as the bottom of the bottom. Heโ€™s so used to losing so he believes he can only lose. So, this entire story is about redefining who we are and working towards our dreams. Itโ€™s a very Kobe-esque story.โ€