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Pamela Bryant
Nationality American
Spouse(s) Joe Bryant (m.1975)
Children 3, including Kobe Bryant (deceased)

Pamela Cox Bryant is an American socialite and is best known for being the wife of former NBA player Joe Bryant. She is also the mother of late Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.

Personal Life

Bryant is the sister of former NBA player Chubby Cox. At age 21, she married professional basketball player Joe Bryant. Their son, Kobe, won five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers. They also have two daughters, Sharia and Shaya. She also is the aunt of professional basketball player John Cox IV.

On January 26, 2020, Kobe, Bryant’s only son, died in a helicopter crash, along with Bryant's 13-year-old grand-daughter Gianna and seven others.

Relationship with Kobe

Bryant has a very strained relationship with her son Kobe. Bryant along with her husband, her two daughters, her son longtime advisor and agent Arn Tellem, or her son Laker teammates did not attend Kobe's wedding. She was opposed to the marriage for a number of reasons. Reportedly Bryant had problems with him marrying so young, especially to a woman who was not African-American. This disagreement resulted in an estrangement period of over two years, which ended when the couple's first daughter was born. The birth of Natalia influenced Bryant to reconcile his differences with his parents.

In 2013, Bryant intended to an auction house over memorabilia from his early years and had a legal disagreement with her son . Pamela Bryant received $450,000 from the auction house for the items, and claimed Bryant had given her the rights to the items he had remaining in her home. However, his lawyers asked the auction house to return the items to Bryant. Before the scheduled trial, a settlement was reached allowing the sale of less than 10% of the original items. She apologized to him in a written statement, which also acknowledged the financial support Bryant had provided them in the past.

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