Kobe Bryant raved about his daughter, Gianna Bryant, in his final interview with the Los Angeles Times. The celebrity father celebrated his teen daughter for her dedication to basketball during his talk with Arash Markazi.
“It’s a trip to see her move,” Kobe told Arash. “And the expressions she makes, it’s a trip,” the celebrity father added. “You know, the genetics. Genetics is a real thing man. What I love about Gigi is her curiosity about the game.”
“She’s very curious about the game. And even in a very heated situation in a game where it is very competitive and back and forth, she can detach herself and come over and ask a very specific question. You know, which is not common.”
Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant died in a helicopter crash last month. The NBA legend and his daughter were two of nine who passed away in the accident. Kobe Bryant was in the middle of building a second career in publishing at the time of his death. The celebrity father already had two popular children’s books on the market meant to encourage kids to work hard in life.
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Repost @vanessabryant :”My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to MambaOnThree.org. To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit MambaSportsFoundation.org. Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. “ #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ❤️ #vanessabryant #kobebryant
Kobe Bryant expressed excitement over his new career before his untimely death because it gave him a chance to spend more time at home with his family instead of in practice or on the road.
“I have gone through 20 years of the majority of my career with my kids and Natalia and Gianna without being able to have that consistently,” the NBA legend said of the additional quality time he had with his wife and kids since retirement.
“For me to make a trip up to the Staples Center, that means I’m missing the opportunity to spend another night with my kids, and I know how fast it goes, because Natalia is 16, and Gianna’s 13. So that time came and went.”
Kobe Bryant left behind his wife, Vanessa Laine Bryant, and three kids – Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. His memorial is planned for February 24, 2020, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Photo: Kobe Bryant/Instagram