NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning in absolutely tragic circumstances. Kobe and Gianna were on their way to the Mamba Academy for basketball practice when Bryant’s private helicopter went down. They were among the nine people killed in the crash.
Bryant is survived by his wife Vanessa and three of their daughters.
A video from Bryant’s interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live resurfaced on Twitter in the wake of the tragedy, and it showed how proud Kobe was of Gianna and how she was determined to carry on his legacy. He told a story about how people often told him that he and his wife Vanessa needed to have sons (they have four daughters) to carry on his legacy.
“(Gianna will) be standing next to me, and it’ll be like, ‘And you gotta have a boy. You and V gotta have a boy, have somebody carry on the tradition, the legacy.’ She’s like, ‘I got this. No boy for that, I got this.'”
It was incredibly clear that Gianna was well on her way to following in her dad’s footsteps.
Kobe talking about his daughter Gianna carrying on his legacy. Heartbreaking to watch thispic.twitter.com/M3FAuAHjM4
— manny (@mannyfidel) January 26, 2020
Bryant continued, talking about how he coached Gianna’s basketball team and the importance of showing those girls how to be great.
“It’s not that, some of them may want to play in WNBA, some of them may not, but we try to give them a foundation of the amount of work and preparation that it takes to be excellent.”
A clip of Kobe and Gianna enjoying a game together recently got the meme treatment, and it’s safe to say that the once joyous clip now feels incredibly tragic.
This is all I can think about right now. pic.twitter.com/9UbHvFLq5w
— Robert Mays (@robertmays) January 26, 2020
Another interview with Bryant about Gianna’s growing skills also went viral on Twitter. Bryant spoke about how Gianna had pivoted from soccer to basketball and how he was teaching her everything he knows about the game. She had aspirations to play in the WNBA. Bryant explained:
“Next thing you know, it became a true passion of hers. It’s wonderful.”
Gianna is also seen confidently claiming that she could beat her dad on the court in the clip.
Kobe talking about how passionate his daughter Gianna was for the game of basketball. ?pic.twitter.com/ej7arbYr4a
— SNY (@SNYtv) January 26, 2020