Kobe Shows He’s Baller—at Being a Husband

Holding on to their marriage for 15 years—one that seemingly has had more ups and downs that his jump shot— Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa have proven that staying united is worth fighting for. Sinking sixty points in his farewell game was a big deal, a feat that will be marveled at and hashtagged for years to come. And earning five championships. And appearing in 18 NBA All-Star games. The list goes on….But, let’s focus on what’s next for the Black Mamba: time with his wife and two daughters.

In a heartfelt post on Instagram, Vanessa Bryant publicly announced her respect, love, and pride in her man:

“You can walk away knowing you’ve always played with everything you have, babe. I’m so proud of you. I’m proud of everything you’ve given to all of your fans even when you weren’t feeling your best. You’ve always pushed through it because you played for those fans that sacrificed so much to see you play in person. You mean so much to us all. I’m so excited to see what God has in store for us as a family now that one chapter is closing and new ones are opening. We love you! @KobeBryant

As they celebrate their  15th wedding anniversary on Monday April 18, the Bryant’s will have something else to rejoice. Vanessa, or “Mi Reina” (My Queen) as he calls her on Instagram, and Kobe can don their matching Lakers diamond retirement rings and head into overtime—together.