Such a bittersweet moment played out on Friday before the WNBA Draft.
The WNBA recognized Gianna Bryant, Alyssa Altobelli and Payton Chester as honorary draft picks during Friday’s selection show.
The three teenagers were among nine killed in a helicopter crash in southern California on January 26th.
Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, Payton’s mom Sarah Chester, Alyssa’s parents John and Keri Altobelli, Christina Mauser and Ara Zobayan also died in the crash on a hillside in calabasas, california.
The 2020 WNBA Draft had to be held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.