On Sunday, Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in the hills of Calabasas, CA, that also killed his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, or Gigi, and several others. A tragic event that has been a cause for much discussion online. One thing everyone has said is that Bryant was extremely devoted to his kids, and he and Gianna had a particularly close relationship. An old video of Bryant gushing about Gianna in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel has been making the rounds and it is heartbreaking.
It starts with Kobe being asked about his daughter’s basketball team, then saying, “Some of them might want to play in the WNBA, some of them might not.”
Kimmel then asks, “Do you think your daughter might wanna play in the WNBA?”
That’s when he starts talking about Gigi.
“She does for sure,” said Bryant, smiling. “This kid, man. Dude, man, I’m telling you.”
Bryant also discussed how he often gets comments from people that he should keep trying for a boy with his wife, Vanessa. But he’s not that interested.
“I love having girls,” he told Kimmel. “Like, I love it. They’re awesome.”
One of the pressures for a boy comes from the expectation that a boy child would be able to carry on the basketball player’s legacy in the NBA. His wife is interested, but according to Bryant in this clip, Gianna was the one who would be carrying the b-ball torch.
“The best thing that happens is when we go out and fans will come up to me and she’ll 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,'” he said. “She’s like, ‘I got this. No boy for that, I got this.'”
Bryant then added, “That’s right. Yes, you do, you got this.”