Gianna ‘Gigi’ Bryant, tragically passed away alongside her father Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash in Calabasas on Sunday night.
Gigi, 13, like her father, loved the game. The two were heading to Kobe’s Mamba Academy for practice. Her father fondly branded her Mambacita.
After his 2016 retirement, Kobe took on the role coach of his daughter’s team “The Mambas”.
In a past interview on “All The Smoke” podcast, Kobe fondly discussed GiGi’s love for the game.
He told hosts Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson: “You know what’s funny, So before Gigi got into basketball I hardly watched it, but now that’s she’s into basketball, we watch every night.”
“And I mean every game,” he then emphasised, before adding that “she watches everything,” on NBA League Pass.
Then asked by the hosts who her favourite players were, Kobe replied: “She likes watching Trae Young a lot, she watched Luka Doncic a lot, she watches James Harden, she watches Russell Westbrook, I mean she watches Bron [LeBron James].”
Here are beautiful moments of Kobe with his daughter Gigi before their passing on.