PHOTO: The Black Mamba shows off his soft side


He may be the Black Mamba on the court, but he can be a teddy bear once he’s off it.

Kobe Bryant recently got whisked away for a surprise birthday weekend by his wife Vanessa.

Bryant posted a collage to his Instagram account, which features photos from their weekend, along with the text “My love”:


Kobe also sent a caption along with the image, calling his wife a “phenomenal woman”:

[pullquote]Muchas Gracias para todo lo que haces para nuestra familia. Tu eres una #phenomenalwoman. My birthday was incredible because u took the time to make it so. Being a great mom is a 24/7 job so I truly appreciate the effort you put into making my bday truly special and a complete surprise and success!! Because of you, we made #moments not just #memories. #thankyou #Vino35 #78′ #cuspleovirgo #mamacita #mishijas #live2live. Mamba out.[/pullquote]

According to Vanessa’s Instagram account, the couple spent the weekend in Orange County.

Bryant, who is currently working his way back into game shape after tearing his Achilles tendon in April, turned 35-years-old on Friday.

Written by Ross Pickering

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