Before Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna “Gigi” Bryant’s deaths struck the world of sports and beyond, the father and daughter duo was hard at work in continuing the basketball legacy.
Fans of the NBA superstar remembered his heartwarming bond with Gigi who aspired to follow her father’s footsteps. Shortly after the news broke that the 13-year-old died with her father in the tragic helicopter crash on Sunday, a clip from Kobe on Jimmy Kimmel Live resurfaced. The video was from an interview he did on the program from 2018.
The viral clip shows Kimmel asking Kobe if Gigi is planning to pursue a basketball career.
“She does for sure. This kid, man,” Kobe proudly said of his daughter. The legendary basketball star even shared Gigi’s savage response to fans who come up to him and say he needs a boy to continue his legacy.
“The best thing that happens is when we go out and fans come up to me, and she’ll be standing next to me, and they’ll be like, ‘You gotta have a boy, you and [wife Vanessa] gotta have a boy, somebody else to carry on the tradition, the legacy,’ ” he shared.
To which, Gigi responds, “‘Oh, I got this. You don’t need a boy for that. I got this,’ ” he said. “I’m like, ‘That’s right, yes you do. You got this.’ ”
Kobe and Gigi were reportedly on their way to a school where the legend coached his daughter’s basketball team at the time of their deaths.
Max Elliott graduated from the New Mexico State University with a major in biology and a minor in Biological Basis of Behavior & Health Care Management. Max grew up in Los Angeles, but moved to Las Cruces for college. Max has written for several major publications including the Albuquerque Journal and NPR. Max is a community reporter and also covers stories important important to all Americans.