Klay Thompson was named ‘Best Comeback Athlete of the Year’ at the 2022 ESPY Awards following his exploits for the Golden State Warriors this season.

The 32-year-old returned after being sidelined for two years due to injury and played a big role in the Warriors’ victory over the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals.

Thompson pays tribute to Kobe and Gigi

While on stage to deliver his speech, Thompson first thanked his family, teammate Steph Curry and the Warriors for having faith in him.

He then paid homage to Kobe and Gianna Bryant.

“I don’t know if Vanessa is out there watching, but to Vanessa and her three beautiful girls, we think of Kobe and Gigi every day,” he said.

“I read Mamba Mentality every day during rehab and those are the best memories of my life, watching him play. He inspired me to be the athlete I am today.

“Thank you Kobe. Thank you Gigi.”

Vanessa Bryant’s response

Vanessa was clearly watching, as she responded to Thompson’s speech with a thank you on her social media page.

“Klay Thompson, you’re a class act,” she said. “Thank you for your support and love for Kobe, my Gigi and our family.

“Thank you for always including my Gigi when you think of Kob. Congratulations. #MambaMentality #espys.”

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