Legendary basketball champion, Kobe Bryant dominated the court for decades with his outstanding athletic prowess, but within the confines of his home, he was outmatched.
Retired Lakers champion, Kobe Bryant lived his last years surrounded by princesses. The basketball player and his wife, Vanessa Bryant, were together parents to four adorable girls.
The late icon once opened up about his life as a father of girls only, and how much he enjoyed being a king to his cute little princesses.
Kobe Bryant at a speaking engagement | Source: Getty Images
KOBE BRYANT OPENS UP ABOUT PARENTING HIS DAUGHTERS
It takes a world champ to raise four beautiful girls the right way, Kobe Bean Bryant learned firsthand during his parenting journey.
"My friends say, 'It takes a real man to make a boy, 'I'm like 'Dude, it takes a king to make a princess… get in line."
Kobe Bryant and Vanessa Bryant attend the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts | Photo: Getty Images
The legend, who was a father to Natalia, Gianna, Bianka Bella, and Capri, was fond of his children whom he considered "daddy's little princesses." Each having different passions, the star ensured they all got the best of both worlds.
Gushing about his children, the icon reflected on how much they have grown, noting that his second daughter, Gianna, was already showing interest in the game, and learning to play basketball under his guidance. At the same time, his first was a sucker for volleyball and movies.
Although he was only a father to three at the time, his then-infant, Bianka was admittedly a handful to the couple, as she was sure to deny them hours of sleep during the night. He also acknowledged his wife, Vanessa, as the "trouper" behind the successful nursing of the kids.
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
KOBE'S PERSONAL LIFE
The veteran NBA Lakers, nicknamed Black Mamba to denote his on-the-court alter ego, arrived the planet on August 23, 1978, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to parents, Joe Bryant, a former NBA player and his wife, Pam Bryant.
While schooling at the Lower Merion High School, his unmatched basketball prowess made him a recognized high-school basketball player in the country. Straight out of high school, the champ proceeded to the 1996 NBA draft, where he was listed by Charlotte Hornets and subsequently traded to Los Angeles Lakers.
Kobe Bryant hosts a Kobe A.D. event at MAMA Gallery on November 1, 2016 | Photo: Getty Images
During his time with the lakers, the basketball star became renowned for his skills, bagging endorsements with top sports sponsors like Adidas and sprite.
Following several on-the-game injuries, including a torn Achilles tendon, a fractured knee and a torn rotator cuff between 2013 and 2015, he finally announced his retirement in November 2015.
Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images
His last game held on April 13, 2016, at the Staples Center, where he led the Lakers to a 60 points victory against the Utah Jazz. He ended his career heroically with a heartfelt speech to his fans right after the game, which marked his sixth 60-point win in the two decades of his NBA career.
In 2018, the athlete launched his ESPN show, "Detail," which focused on basketball trends, and details of how the game was played and won. During his run on "Detail," Kobe Bryant highlighted and profiled several players, giving breakdowns of their games and what could have been done better to achieve desired results on the court.
Kobe Bryant on February 19, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona | Source: Getty Images
In April 2001, the athlete tied the knot with Vanessa Bryant, two years after their first meeting. Although, their relationship was plagued with various highs and lows, including a 2003 sexual assault charge against the legend by a 19-year-old hotel waitress, and a miscarriage, their love kept them together for almost two decades.
The icon once revealed the secret of their lasting relationship, stating that commitment, competitiveness, and a determination to succeed kept them going.
In 2001, the pair separated briefly, but called off the divorce proceedings two years later, opting to stay together and fight for their love and family. Since then, Kobe and his wife remained happy together until his death on July 26, 2020, alongside his thirteen-year-old daughter, Giana.
anessa Laine Bryant and Kobe Bryant attend the 2019 Baby2Baby Gala presented by Paul Mitchell on November 09, 2019 | Photo: GettyImages
KOBE BRYANT'S KIDS
During their years together, the couple welcomed four female children, with the youngest Capri, born in June last year.
Kobe Bryant's daughter, Natalia Bryant, was born in January 2003, while her sister Giana Bryant was born in May 2006, a year after Kobe Bryant's wife suffered a miscarriage due to ectopic pregnancy.
The couple took a ten-year break from childbearing before the birth of Bianka Bryant in December 2016, and the newest addition, Capri Bryant, welcomed in June 2019.
Kobe Bryant during the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Draw Ceremony on March 16, 2019 | Photo: GettyImages
KOBE BRYANT'S TRAGIC DEATH
Barely a year after welcoming the last of Kobe Bryant's daughters, the veteran basketballer met a sudden end on January 26, 2020. He died from a helicopter crash alongside eight others, including his second daughter, Giana, in the Los Angeles Suburbs of Calabasas.
The Sikorsky S-76 helicopter was headed to the Mamba Sports Academy, California, from Orange County, where the legend was slated to coach the young basketball team for a tournament.
The news of Kobe's death swept the world by surprise, leaving many die-hard sports fanatics in shock. To honor the sports veteran's legacy, the National Basketball Association declared the adoption of a new format for the Chicago All-Star Game.
The new format is said to feature a target score of 24, the late Lakers jersey number, with each quarter treated as a mini-game lasting twelve minutes.
Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna Bryant attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center on December 29, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images
The cumulative score at the end of the first three quarters would be determined, and the number 24 added to the highest team's score and set as the target for the fourth quarter to determine the winner.
Whoever hits the target point first wins the game. The structure would avail teams the opportunity to win more money for local charities.
Gianna and Kobe Bryant attending the WNBA All-Star Game in July 2019. | Photo: Getty Images
Summarising his life without the details, Kobe Bryant was undoubtedly an NBA legend and one of the greatest basketball champions to ever grace the courts.