The details of the death of NBA champion, Kobe Bryant, are still out there, but basketball legend has left an indelible mark on the world of basketball. TMZ reported on January 26 that the former Laker was killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas. The report said that there were five people in the helicopter at the time of the accident and unfortunately there were no survivors. Kobe Bryant left his longtime wife, Vanessa Bryant, and their four daughters.
Family life with Kobe Bryant, Vanessa Bryant, and their four daughter
Vanessa quickly adapted to the role of a basketball player’s wife and focused her attention on creating their family. Just two years after their marriage, in January 2003, they welcomed their first daughter, Natalia. Their second daughter, Gianna, was born in 2006.
Kobe retired in 2016 and soon afterwards welcomed his third and fourth daughter after canceling the divorce. Bianka, born in 2016, and their fourth and last daughter, Capri, was born in June 2019. Capri’s middle name, Kobe, is in honor of her father. Kobe and Vanessa were both willing to try again for a boy.
In recent years, Gianna began to take the form of her father, a basketball star. Kobe supported her in games and coached her team at her school. Her nickname, Baby Mamba, was taken by her superstar father.
Kobe had previously stated that her daughter was “determined” to play college basketball for the University of Connecticut girls’ basketball team. She told The Courant in April 2018, “She watches their interviews, watches how they play and learns – not just in wins, but in hard losses, how they perform. It’s nice, as a parent, to see my daughter draw inspiration from them.
Just a few days before her death, Kobe made headlines saying that there are talented women in the WNBA who could make it to the NBA, with her daughter as a motivator.
“I think there are a couple of players who could play in the NBA right now, honestly,” he said. “There’s a lot of players with a lot of skills that could do it,” Men’s Health said.
Kobe and Vanessa have spent over 20 years together and they have created a beautiful family. Pray to them as they mourn his loss. Hopefully they’ll get the privacy to do so.