Kobe Bryant’s Daughter Posts a Sweet Throwback of Him Spreading Christmas Joy

Published 12/25/2020, 8:05 AM EST
EL SEGUNDO, CA – OCTOBER 01: Kobe Bryant arrives at Time Warner Cable Sportsnet launch party held at Time Warner Cable Sports Studios on October 1, 2012 in El Segundo, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)


2020 was the toughest year in recent times. Lots of people lost their loved ones to the deadly COVID-19. And many of them can’t see their friends and families because of the pandemic-induced lockdown. But 2020 was even tougher for the NBA community because of the loss of Kobe Bryant.

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The year kicked off with the tragic death of the Black Mamba and his daughter Gianna in a fatal helicopter crash. Fans, players, coaches, and pundits were in mourning. But none more so than Kobe Bryant’s family.

But on the occasion of Christmas, his family is spreading the festive cheer. Natalia Bryant, Kobe’s eldest daughter, posted a story on her Instagram account. The story has a throwback to the late great Laker wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.

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Kobe Bryant and his NBA records on Christmas Day

It is only fair that the Mamba, among the pantheon of NBA greats, held several records to his name for games played on Christmas day.

1) Most NBA appearances on Christmas day

He appeared in a mammoth 16 game, contested on the national holiday. That’s an NBA record. In fact, he played more often on Christmas than on any other date on the calendar. While his 1st game was in 1996, he graced the court on Christmas for the final time in 2015. However, his 6-10 losing record is not something he would have been proud of.

FILE PHOTO: Jan 31, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Kobe Bryant shirts are set on seats inside the Staples Center in advance of the Los Angeles Lakers game against the Portland Trail Blazers. Former Lakers star Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday. Mandatory Credit: Sandy Hooper-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo

2) All-time leader in points

It is only normal that the scoring titan is also the leader in total points on Christmas. He scored 395 points, ahead of closest active player, LeBron James, for an average of 24.7 points per game.

Most memorable performance on the 25th

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The 2008 Christmas day performance against bitter rivals Boston Celtics was perhaps Kobe’s most important. After losing in a closely fought 2008 NBA finals six months prior, Bryant and the Lakers were on a mission to avenge.

The Big 3 of Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce were looking to be on course for a victory. But Kobe stepped up to score 27 points at a 50% efficiency to propel them to a 92-83 victory. This boosted their morale and helped them to the 2009 NBA Title.

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The legend of Kobe Bryant is etched not just in record books but in the living memory of fans. He bowed out after giving fans a reason to smile and celebrate.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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