The Haunting Loss of Gianna Bryant: All the Potential That Died With Kobe and His Daughter

Yes, you do, you got this.'"
He truly had no doubt that Gianna would achieve whatever she set out to do. 26, 2020, to watch Gianna, Alyssa and Payton play basketball, just another routine game in what was supposed to be a long series of them, leading up through high school before the girls went on to college—and, perhaps after that, the pros. A video making the rounds from a telecast of one of the NBA games they attended together after Kobe retired in 2016 shows him and Gianna—or Gigi, as she was familiarly known—sitting courtside, heads together as he breaks down the play they had just witnessed. And, oh, did father and daughter have plans. His life ended preposterously too soon at the age of 41, but his 13-year-old daughter's life had barely begun. "I'm like, 'That's right! Also flying with them was Christina Mauser, a mother of three and an assistant girls basketball coach at Bryant's Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Her father Kobe Bryant's place in the record books, as one of the best to ever play the game of basketball, is set. No boy for that, I got this.'"
Kobe beamed. class=”article-detail__title article-detail__title–speakable”>The Haunting Loss of Gianna Bryant: All the Potential That Died With Kobe and His DaughterThe 13-year-old who everyone called Gigi—and "Mambacita" in a nod to her familiar skills on the basketball court—was a star in the making, with her whole life ahead of her.By Natalie Finn Jan 26, 2021 8:00 PMTagsFamilySportsKobe BryantKidsFeaturesWatch: Kobe Bryant & Gianna 1 Year Later: E! News RewindGianna Maria-Onore Bryant didn't get the chance to make her own history. That's where the party of eight were headed on Jan. She nods and, though you can't hear what she's saying, you can see that their basketball-minded brains are in sync.  
It was common for Kobe to hear from fans that they hoped he'd have a son one day to carry on the Bryant basketball legacy, but he already knew he'd be passing the torch to Gianna.Stephen Dunn/Getty ImagesOn Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2018, he told Jimmy, "The best thing that happens is when we go out and fans will come up to me and she'll be standing next to me and be like, 'You gotta have a boy, you and V gotta have a boy, man, you have somebody to carry on the tradition, the legacy.' She's like…'I got this. But that's what happens when you're coached by the greatest—you become an expert in your own right.photosHonoring Gianna Bryant After Her DeathAlong with six adults, including the pilot, Ara Zobayan, three kids lost their lives a year ago—Gianna and her teammates Alyssa Altobelli, 13, who was on board with her mom and dad, John and Keri Altobelli; and Payton Chester, 13, who was accompanied by her mother Sarah Chester. He was somewhat of an expert on that.