Kobe Bryant’s daughter Gianna hoped to carry on NBA legend’s basketball legacy

Kobe Bryant’s daughter Gianna “GiGi” Bryant was hoping to carry on her father’s basketball legacy before the two died in a helicopter crash on Sunday.

In a 2018 interview on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” the 41-year-old spoke about his basketball-loving daughter and her aspirations to play in the WNBA.

“This kid, man,” Bryant said. “The best thing that happens is when we go out and fans will come up to me and she’ll (Gianna) be standing next to me and they’ll be like ‘Aye, you gotta have a boy. You and V gotta have a boy, have somebody to carry on the tradition, the legacy.’ And she’s like, ‘I got this.'”

Had a great trip to @uconnwbb for senior night and the retirement of basketball legend @promise50 with my baby Gigi. Thank you Gampel, Thank you Coach Geno and Cd for the warm welcome. Good luck the rest of the way 💪🏾 #mambamentality #wizenard

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The proud father filled his Instagram with Gianna’s basketball highlights.

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Gigi at work #mambacita

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Bryant would even play her one-on-one.

@wnba finals rematch got us hype! A lil one on one with my baby Gigi #footwork #stringmusic #mambacita

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He could often be seen coaching Gianna, even while attending NBA games together.

Bryant’s relationship with Gianna went beyond the basketball court. He said she was the reason he made the film “Dear Basketball,” which won an Academy Award.

“My daughter gave me the best piece of advice. I was a little worried about turning this into a film. I’d never done something like that before,” Bryant said after winning the Oscar for Best Animated Short in 2018. “We were in the house and talking about it as a family and my little 11-year-old Gianna goes, ‘Well Dad, you always tell us to go after our dreams so … man up.’ She’s 11. Man up. So I had to man up and go for it.”

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Kobe Bryant holds daughter Gianna after the Lakers’ 99-86 win vs. the Orlando Magic in Game 5 of the 2009 NBA Finals.

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