When Kobe Bryant Predicted He Will Always Be a Girl Dad

Published 08/23/2021, 10:28 PM EDT
CALIFORNIA , UNITED STATES – 3 August 2019; Retired NBA star Kobe Bryant and daughter Bianka Bella prior to the Women’s International Friendly match between USA and Republic of Ireland at Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, USA. (Photo By Cody Glenn/Sportsfile via Getty Images)


Daughters are god’s greatest gift. Kobe Bryant was one of the most fortunate parents on the planet to have four of those gifts in his life. Natalia (18), Gianna (would-be-15), Bianka (4), and Capri (2) are the four angels who blessed the world of Vanessa & Kobe Bryant and rocked it for good. 

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However, was it true that the Black Mamba somewhere deep down also wished for a son? After all, a male child would’ve balanced the mix and gave his daughters that brotherly love & care. Turns out KB was actually thinking in that direction.

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Did Kobe Bryant long for a baby boy?

For a proud Vanessa, every baby shower or gender reveal party led to an “it’s a girl” revelation. But there was a time when Kobe probably wished for a twist in the tale. After Natalia’s birth in January 2003 and then Gianna’s birth in May 2006, Kobe had given an interview where the star had revealed his fatherly aspirations.

A 28-YO Kobe had then expressed, “There will be a son, maybe hopefully… in the future. You have to see. Everybody I talk to, they have two girls, they say, we have two girls bro, next one’s gonna be a girl too. After that, it’s all downhill from there. You might look up I may have five girls.”

This was 15 years ago when Gigi was still a toddler and Kobe was perhaps hoping for his third to be a male.

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A proud father like none other

Kobe Bryant won five NBA championships in his illustrious career and one can wonder if he might’ve actually had five daughters too. The last time Kobe & Vanessa became pregnant was in 2019 when a super cute Capri a.k.a. ‘Koko Bean’ came into their life. 

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KB was a different breed, and he had a soft corner for the women’s NBA too. The man never once expressed any disappointment that he could not raise a son who could one day step into his shoes and play in the NBA. In fact, he nurtured his daughters like wonder women and dreamt a WNBA dream with #2 Gianna Bryant. 

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)

The coach of Team Mamba, Kobe Bryant, knew it well that his daughters can take on the world as strongly as he did. One reason why he was so invested in his daughters and also why Vanessa always took pride in the father of her daughters.

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Plus, we really believe that it was God’s way to bless KB when he had an all-daughter house. We’re sure Kobe + Gigi are having a great time hooping somewhere in heaven. 

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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