People still remember Kobe Bryant for the legacy he left behind, two months after his death.
Last week, Kobe’s wife, Vanessa Bryant, shared a video of the late Lakers legend talking about coaching their daughter, Gianna Bryant. Kobe said that Gianna, who also lost her life in the helicopter crash along with her father, started with soccer but later moved to basketball.
“She started out playing soccer, which is one of my favorite sports as well,” Kobe said in the video clip that his wife shared. “But then when she asked about learning the game of basketball, I started teaching her piece by piece, and she started enjoying it and loving it and now she plays every day.”
“It’s been a joy to watch her grow and to be there everyday for that process,. Her temperament is a lot like mine. She’s extremely competitive, very fiery, and backs down from no challenge.
“She’s a good mix of me and her mama, so that makes her even more competitive than I am.”
Kobe Bryant got into basketball coaching because of her daughter
When Bryant retired in 2016, there were hardly any hints that he would take up a coaching role in the game that had shaped his life. In fact, his post-retirement talks suggested walking down a completely different path. However, it was his daughter getting into basketball that drew Kobe into the game once again.
“Before Gigi got into basketball, I hardly watched it,’’ Bryant said during an episode of the “All the Smoke’’ podcast not long before his death. “Now that she’s into basketball, it’s on every night. It’s on every night. I mean, every game. She asked me to get the league pass on her phone and everything. She watches everything.’’