Vanessa shared a picture of the couple kissing and posing with the Larry O’Brien trophy after winning one of his 5 championships on Instagram just minutes ago … saying, "Happy birthday, Papi. Te Amo por siempre. Amor Eterno. ❤️💔 43."
Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, passed away in a tragic helicopter crash in January 2020 … and Vanessa has previously opened up on the "unimaginable" pain she’s gone through since the accident.
"Lying in bed crying isn’t going to change the fact that my family will never be the same again," Vanessa told People.com back in March … "But getting out of bed and pushing forward is going to make the day better for my girls and for me. So that’s what I do."
RIP Black Mamba.