15 Jaw-Dropping NBA Wives & Girlfriends

Vanessa Bryant & Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant and wife Vanessa Bryant
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Although he’s no longer in the league, it didn’t feel right to make this list without Kobe and Vanessa Bryant… Vanessa met Kobe Bryant in 1999, at a video shoot for Kobe’s first hip hop album (thankfully he stuck to basketball). According to Kobe, who was only 21 at the time, one of the background dancers caught his eye. After two years of dating, the young couple married in 2001. But things haven’t always been easy for the Bryants… In 2003, Kobe was accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old hotel employee in Eagle, Colorado (the charges were later dropped) — but the damage to his image took years to repair. Vanessa shocked the world when she decided to stay with Bryant. But then again, nothing says “I’m sorry” better than a $4 million diamond ring — which is exactly what Kobe bought Vanessa after the alleged incident.

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