Kobe Bryant loved being a ‘Girl Dad’ – Elle Duncan | SportsCenterMay 03, 2023
You're probably hearing a lot of personal anecdotes about Kobe Bryant, so this is mine. I met Kobe once backstage at an ESPN event in New York, I saw him and I thought, oh my gosh, that's Kobe! I have to take a picture for the gram, that's the picture. I didn't get it for a few minutes because when I approached him, he immediately commented on my rather large eight month pregnant belly. How are you? How close are you? What are you going to have a
girl? He-he told me that the
girls were the best. I asked him for advice on how to raise girls as he was famous enough that he had three at the time and he told me to be thankful that you were given such a gift because the girls are amazing.
His third daughter, Bianca, was about a year and a half at the time, so I asked him if he wanted more children, and he told me that his wife Vanessa really wanted to try again with a boy, but was jokingly worried it would be another girl and I was like four girls. Are you kidding? What would you think? How would you feel? and without hesitation he said he would have five more girls if he could I'm a girl dad when it comes to sports he said his oldest daughter was an accomplished volleyball player and the youngest was a toddler so TBD but the in the middle said that the one in the middle was a monster she is a beast she is better than me at her age she understood that the one in the middle of course was Gigi when she reflected on this tragedy and that half an hour I spent with Kobe Bryant two years ago years old I guess the only small source of comfort to me is knowing that he died doing what he
lovedmost an older father
beinga father of a girl i got to know him more as his daughter got older as his family grows and his love basketball and we were going back and forth you know im a text that happy button like what are the most important things you teach when you play man to man defense you know what this is all about him he said we have practice tonight and I got a you know I'm teaching defense tonight I shook my head you know like you know and he told me the world is one of these you know growing up in LA no I don't even know if I can do this.
He meant a lot to a city, that fighting spirit that he had. I think everyone had that in him and he found a way to make everyone like that. This is my first game back. I think it has even more meaning now when I broke my Achilles tooth as one of the first ones that came up to me, so like, you know, I'll be back the day after I wear number 10, obviously knowing all about him. . youth support in obviously Tino says everything he's done for our basketball community is extremely sad and he tries to make a happy day a sad day a happy day because you know I think what you see from everyone is that Kobe would have wanted us everyone play and really have no doubts on the court and you know that's what I'm going to do
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