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Sport Liberty's Sabrina Ionescu spends movie night with Kobe Bryant's family during rehab

18:03  20 august  2020
18:03  20 august  2020 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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Sabrina Ionescu, the New York Liberty’s celebrated No. 1 draft pick, is spending her time rehabbing an ankle injury with some very special people.

Ionescu shared a photo on her Instagram Story showing her surrounded by Kobe Bryant’s family on the couch.

a screenshot of a group of people posing for the camera: Sabrina Ionescu spent a movie night with the Bryant family. (Screenshot/Instagram) © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Sabrina Ionescu spent a movie night with the Bryant family. (Screenshot/Instagram)

It’s captioned “Good day. 19.08.2020” and “Movie night.” Ionescu appears to be holding 3-year-old Bianka alongside Natalia, 17, and Bryant’s wife, Vanessa. Capri, who turned 1 in June, might have been in bed.

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Natalia re-shared the post on her own story with three red hearts.

Ionescu remains close with Bryant family

a woman holding a football ball: Sabrina Ionescu is rehabbing her ankle injury and spending movie nights with the Bryants. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Sabrina Ionescu is rehabbing her ankle injury and spending movie nights with the Bryants. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

Ionescu, 22, had a close bond with Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. They were among nine killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas this past January.

Ionescu, who quickly became at star at Oregon and a sensation in the hoops world, counted Bryant as a mentor. She trained with them and had coached Gianna’s basketball team from time to time. The father and daughter visited an Oregon game last year to see her and after their deaths Ionescu dedicated the season to living out Bryant’s legacy.

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She was asked by Vanessa to speak at the celebration of life in February at the Staples Center. That same night up at Stanford she became the first NCAA Division I player with 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists.

Ionescu remains close with the family. On Wednesday she shared another photo on her Instagram stories showing new Nikes and a black Bryant No. 24 jersey and tagged Vanessa. Over the past few months they have shared photos of flowers and the like with each other tagged. Ionescu has also visited the family a few times, even making a fun TikTok video with Natalia that had a special Bianka surprise at the end.

Ionescu still rehabbing ankle injury outside of wubble

Ionescu suffered a Grade 3 ankle sprain in the third game of her professional career and returned to New York to see a specialist. The team said on Aug. 1 she was expected to miss about a month. She left the “wubble” as the WNBA calls its IMG Academy bubble on Aug. 5.

WNBA star Sabrina Ionescu appears to be rehabbing her ankle sprain with Kobe Bryant's family

  WNBA star Sabrina Ionescu appears to be rehabbing her ankle sprain with Kobe Bryant's family The WNBA rookie and former Oregon star has grown closer with the Bryant family after eulogizing Kobe and Gigi at their memorial service in February.But now that she's no longer confined to the WNBA's isolated campus at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 draft is using her newfound free time to catch up with some old friends.

If she’s on track for missing only one month, she could return for the Liberty’s final four or five games. It seems unlikely she will return this season, though, and the Liberty are not on track to make the playoffs.

Ionescu shared photos of Brooklyn on Instagram when she first arrived there to see a specialist. She has been quiet since, though she did announce a new partnerships with Body Armor and sent a heartwarming letter to a new, young fan.

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