People: Kobe Bryant Was a Very Hands-On Dad Who Had a Special Bond With Each of His 4 Daughters
Kobe Bryant had a one-of-a-kind relationship with his daughters and uniquely bonded with them, a family insider reveals.
The untimely and tragic death of Kobe Bryant, 41, and his daughter, Gianna, 13, continues to shock millions around the world. It has led to the unraveling of the man the late NBA star was, and a family insider told People,
"He was a very hands-on dad, and like any other father, saw such bright futures for all of his daughters."
Kobe Bryant poses with his family after both his #8 and #24 Los Angeles Lakers jerseys are retired at Staples Center on Dec. 18, 2017 in California | Photo: Getty Images
Bryant was a dad to 17-year-old Natalia, 3-year-old Bianka, 7-month-old Capri, and the late Gianna, sharing all four with his wife, Vanessa. The insider added,
"He was so proud to see them take after not only him, and Vanessa, but grow into their own. He had a special bond with each of his daughters."
Gianna and Kobe Bryant attending the WNBA All-Star Game in July 2019. | Photo: Getty Images
Bryant spent 20 years playing in the NBA for the Los Angeles Lakers. He retired in 2016 with no regrets as he got to spend more time with his family.
The deceased is the true definition of a family man, and his wife and kids always came first for him. Fellow athlete Derek Jeter, in his essay about the dad-of-four, wrote that they bonded over fatherhood.
Having a boy was never a must, even when friends hinted that he needed someone to carry on his legacy.
His friends knew the late basketballer as someone who took pride in being a dad. In a world where people value male children over female, he never regretted having only female kids.
Bryant and Vanessa welcomed their last daughter in June 2019 and adored her. Having a boy was never a must, even when friends hinted that he needed someone to carry on his legacy.
Gianna was training to do that at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks. The late teenager and her dad were on their way to one of her games when they met their death.
The helicopter they were flying in encountered foggy weather and crashed into a canyon in Calabasas. The crash happened at 9:42 am, less than an hour after takeoff.
Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna Bryant watch during day 2 of the Phillips 66 National Swimming Championships on July 26, 2018 in California | Photo: Getty Images
The late NBA star and his daughter were in the company of seven other people, including the pilot. None survived as the aircraft caught fire.
Bryant is a five-time NBA champion and one of the greatest athletes of all-time. His legacies are his love for people, his contributions to basketball, and the family he left behind.