In the spring of 2012, Kobe Bryant relished the privilege of meeting the spunkiest of longtime Lakers fans, Allene Wynn, who passed away this week at the age of 106.
“I mean that’s unbelievable, 105 years old!” said Bryant at the time. “She was awesome, just like the female Tex Winter.”
Wynn used the occasion to inform Bryant that she’d appreciate a bit better of an effort from her favorite team, pulling no punches with the five-time champ. Bryant loved it.
She was celebrating her 105th birthday last March with the Lakers, who had struggled enough to fall 10 points behind New Orleans in the fourth quarter before Bryant nailed a go-ahead three-pointer with 20 seconds remaining. He’d been just 2 of 20 from the field up to that point, causing Wynn some stress that she shared with No. 24.
“I don’t think this game did anything to relax her,” he joked.
According to the Daily News, a viewing for Wynn will be held on Aug. 29 at Rucker’s Mortuary in Pacoima from 4-7:30 p.m., while the service will come at noon on Aug. 30.