“You’ve Got to See Gianna Play Basketball’: Jay Z Recalls How Much Kobe Bryant Loved His Daughter

Published 05/05/2020, 7:30 PM EDT


Kobe Bryant had his acquaintances across professions and the famous rapper Jay Z was one of them. He was a frequent guest at Staples Center for watching Los Angeles Lakers play. Well, Kobe shared a close connection with him over the years. The Lakers legend and his daughter died in an unfortunate helicopter crash this January.

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In the aftermath of this shocking incident, many celebrities shared their stories with the legend. Jay Z was speaking at Columbia University a few days back and he shared an emotional last conversation with Mamba. Even in that conversation, Gigi was on Kobe’s mind. He seemed to be quite proud of his daughter and talked about her to Jay Z.

Kobe Bryant was last with Jay Z on New Year’s

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When asked about what he had to say about Kobe’s death, “Kobe was a guy that looked up to me, and we’ve hung out multiple times,” he mentioned, “He was last at my house on New Year’s, and he was just in the greatest space that I’ve seen him in. One of the last things he said to me was, ‘You’ve got to see Gianna play basketball’. And that was one of the most hurtful things because he was so proud. “

Well, Kobe was talking about Gianna’s commendable talent. It’s sad that the world could never see Gigi Bryant enter WNBA. Most of those who saw her play found similarities in her ‘killing spirit’ to her father’s.

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Kobe was extremely proud of her daughter and it was evident in what Jay Z shared. “And the look on his face was like – I looked at him and said, ‘Oh, she’s going to be the best female basketball player in the world.’ He was just so proud. So that’s really a tough one.” 

That was the last time Jay Z ever met Kobe and he says, “Just a great human being and was in a great space in his life.” The greatest of all time, the ‘Black Mamba’ left the world with his immense memories to cherish. Nobody would have thought of such a start to the year.

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