11/09/2005 AT 8:00 AM ET
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and his wife,Vanessa, are expecting the couple’s second child in May, a spokesman for the hoop star has announced.
The Bryants’ daughter, Natalia, turns 3 in January.
“In addition to their excitement, Kobe and Vanessa have been sharing a lot of laughs because after hitting game-winning shots for the Lakers, Kobe has been making late-night food runs for his wife’s pregnancy cravings, only to get home with the food and find out her craving has changed,” said agent Rob Pelinka.
The couple are still clearly happy together: In May, PEOPLE reported that Bryant shelled out $50,000 to surprise his wife with a recommitment ceremony in Laguna Beach, Calif. The pair dined privately on chicken and asparagus in a beachfront tent decorated to resemble the L.A. restaurant Dolce.
The baby news comes more than two years after Bryant. 27, was accused of sexual assault by a 19-year-old Colorado woman. The case was withdrawn 14 months ago and Bryant, who claimed that the sex was consensual, settled a civil suit filed by the woman in March, reports the Associated Press.
Meanwhile, Bryant’s golden touch on the court appears to be as strong as ever. On Tuesday night, the star, who is beginning his 10th season with the Lakers, scored 37 points – including two drives – to spoil the Atlanta Hawks’ home opener with a 103-97 victory.
In each of the Lakers’ first four games this season, Bryant has scored more than 30 points.