The world is still shocked of the sudden death of Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant.
The pair were on their way to a travelling basketball game with another parent and player when the helicopter they were riding in crashed.
According to ESPN, Bryant’s pride in Gianna’s basketball talent was evident. He was a dedicated father who clearly delighted in seeing his kids succeed.
Kobe on Gianna: “The best thing that happens is when we go out and fans come up to me, and she’ll be standing next to me ..
They’ll be like “you gotta have a boy, have soembody carry on the legacy… she’s like, “oh, I got this!”pic.twitter.com/rsIgOXbNlI
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) January 26, 2020
Kobe spoke about Gianna’s love for basketball on the podcast All the Smoke, and shared stories about his daughter’s interest in the sport that made him famous.
“Before Gigi got into basketball I hardly watched it, but now that’s she’s into basketball, we watch every night,” he told hosts and former NBA players Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson.
“We just had so much fun because it was the first time I was seeing the game through her eyes,” he said. “It wasn’t me sitting there, you know, as an athlete or a player or something like that, and you know it’s like about me, and I don’t like that,” he shared. “It was her, she was having such a good time.”
Kobe Bryant was the father of four daughters, including Gianna, and the husband of Vanessa Bryant. His three surviving daughters, Natalia, Bianka, and Capri are ages 17, three, and nine months respectively.