Taylor Swift and Star Wars: Natalia Bryant Highlights Why Kobe Bryant Was the Best Dad Ever

Published 09/09/2021, 2:32 AM EDT
FILE – This Feb. 26, 2018 file photo shows Vanessa Bryant, from left, Kobe Bryant, Natalia Bryant and Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant at the world premiere of “A Wrinkle in Time” in Los Angeles. Bryant, a five-time NBA champion and a two-time Olympic gold medalist, died in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. He was 41. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)


The legacy of Kobe Bryant remains in everyone’s hearts. Despite passing away sooner than most people expected, Bryant completely changed the way how people perceived life. A lovable character and an enigmatic personality off the court, he was a legend. But his demise came at a time that their family couldn’t expect. Along with his daughter Gianna Bryant, Bryant passed away in a helicopter crash back in 2020. His eldest daughter, Natalia, reveals the kind of personality he was to her family.

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NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 23: Vanessa Bryant, former NBA Player Kobe Bryant, Natalia Bryant and Gianna Bryant attend the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival’s Tribeca Talks: Storytellers: Kobe Bryant with Glen Keane at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/FilmMagic)

Natalia opens up on Kobe Bryant

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The 18-year-old Natalia spoke about her father and how they used to spend time with each other. She said, “I love talking about my dad. It’s bittersweet, but I enjoy talking about him more than it’s sad for me.”

WESTWOOD, CA – JULY 14: Kobe Bryant, wife Vanessa Bryant, daughter’s Gianna Maria Onore Bryant and Natalia Diamante Bryant arrive at Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards 2016 at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion on July 14, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)

“He was just like the best girl dad ever. He was just letting me my playlist & jam out to Taylor Swift the whole ride back, and talk about Star Wars too. It was so much fun,” said Natalia.

Moreover, she recently signed up with IMG models. As she wants to achieve her dreams and goal, she spoke about going to school and helping her family out and that there was no room for dating with her current situation. Even though it is an emotional moment for her to speak about her father, life moves on. Natalia continues to move forward in her life.

Bryant’s legacy

Kobe’s relationship with his daughters was incredible. After retiring from basketball, the Mamba joined his daughter Gianna Bryant’s basketball team to coach her to become the next big thing. His life was devoted to that. The commitment he showed on the court was outstanding. However, with Gigi wanting to play basketball, his primary focus was to coach her.

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Hence, while returning from a game, Bryant passed away in a helicopter crash, along with his daughter and seven other passengers in a horrific crash. It sent shock waves throughout the world. Nobody expected it to happen, and it left many people in shock.

 

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The legacy of the Lakers star remains to be untouched. Although his antics on the court made him an icon, his life revolved around his family. Families are important. Kobe had certain goals to be achieved with his family.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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