Remembering Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna

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Gianna Bryant was only 13, but she was already proudly carrying her family’s basketball legacy.

Gianna and her father, Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, died Sunday when a helicopter crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, California. All nine people on board, including the pilot, died in the crash, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. They were reportedly en route to a travel game.

Kobe spoke about Gianna’s passion for basketball during an interview on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in December 2018. When people told him he and his wife needed to have a son so someone could carry on his legacy, Gianna would step in and say “Oh, I got this.”

Cassandra Negley


Let’s remember Kobe and his daughter Gianna through a collection of touching photos of the two through the years. We are sending our deepest condolences to the Bryant family during this time of tragedy.

Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna Bryant watch during day 2 of the Phillips 66 National Swimming Championships at the Woollett Aquatics Center on July 26, 2018 in Irvine, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna through the years
Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna Bryant watch during day 2 of the Phillips 66 National Swimming Championships at the Woollett Aquatics Center on July 26, 2018 in Irvine, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers participates in a post-game interview while his daughter, Gianna stands with him following the Lakers' victory over the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on November 9, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna through the years
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers participates in a post-game interview while his daughter, Gianna stands with him following the Lakers' victory over the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on November 9, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant celebrates daughter Gianna after the Lakers won 99-86 to win the NBA Championship against the Orlando Magic in Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals at Amway Arena on June 14, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna through the years
Kobe Bryant celebrates daughter Gianna after the Lakers won 99-86 to win the NBA Championship against the Orlando Magic in Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals at Amway Arena on June 14, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
Gianna Bryant and her father, former NBA player Kobe Bryant, attend the WNBA All-Star Game 2019 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on July 27, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna through the years
Gianna Bryant and her father, former NBA player Kobe Bryant, attend the WNBA All-Star Game 2019 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on July 27, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna Bryant attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center on December 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna through the years
Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna Bryant attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center on December 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna watch the first half of an NCAA college basketball game between Connecticut and Houston, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna through the years
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna watch the first half of an NCAA college basketball game between Connecticut and Houston, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Kobe Bryant gets a kiss from his daughter Gianna Bryant during the 65th NBA All-Star Game at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. February 14, 2016. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna through the years
Kobe Bryant gets a kiss from his daughter Gianna Bryant during the 65th NBA All-Star Game at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. February 14, 2016. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers kisses his daughter Gianna after converting a last-second shot to defeat the Sacramento Kings 109-108 at Staples Center on January 1, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna through the years
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers kisses his daughter Gianna after converting a last-second shot to defeat the Sacramento Kings 109-108 at Staples Center on January 1, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna watch the first half of an NCAA college basketball game between Connecticut and Houston, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna through the years
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna watch the first half of an NCAA college basketball game between Connecticut and Houston, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers pinches his daughter Gianna Bryant's cheeks during a photo session on March 29, 2008 at his home in Newport Beach, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna through the years
Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers pinches his daughter Gianna Bryant's cheeks during a photo session on March 29, 2008 at his home in Newport Beach, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant attend the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks on December 29, 2019 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna through the years
Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant attend the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks on December 29, 2019 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Gianna Bryant sits on the shoulders of her father, Kobe Bryant, as they attend the women's soccer match between the United States and China Thursday, April 10, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna through the years
Gianna Bryant sits on the shoulders of her father, Kobe Bryant, as they attend the women's soccer match between the United States and China Thursday, April 10, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers kisses daughter Gianna following the game with the Memphis Grizzlies on April 12, 2009 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna through the years
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers kisses daughter Gianna following the game with the Memphis Grizzlies on April 12, 2009 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant stands on the sideline with his daughter Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant on his shoulders prior to the start of the game against the United States and China during an international firendly match at Qualcomm Stadium on April 10, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna through the years
Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant stands on the sideline with his daughter Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant on his shoulders prior to the start of the game against the United States and China during an international firendly match at Qualcomm Stadium on April 10, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers kisses daughter Gianna in a press conference after the Lakers' win over the Boston Celtics in Game Five of the 2008 NBA Finals on June 15, 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna through the years
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers kisses daughter Gianna in a press conference after the Lakers' win over the Boston Celtics in Game Five of the 2008 NBA Finals on June 15, 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers walks with his daughter Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant at Staples Center prior Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the San Antonio Spurs during the 2013 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna through the years
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers walks with his daughter Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant at Staples Center prior Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the San Antonio Spurs during the 2013 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers kisses his daughter, Gianna, after the Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic 99-86 in Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals on June 14, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna through the years
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers kisses his daughter, Gianna, after the Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic 99-86 in Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals on June 14, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant hugs his daughter Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant during halftime of the NBA All-Star basketball game Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna through the years
Kobe Bryant hugs his daughter Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant during halftime of the NBA All-Star basketball game Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers answers questions from the media while holding his daughter Gianna, following his team's victory over the Utah Jazz in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 4, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna through the years
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers answers questions from the media while holding his daughter Gianna, following his team's victory over the Utah Jazz in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 4, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Western Conference warms up with daughter Gianna Bryant during the NBA All-Star Game 2016 at the Air Canada Centre on February 14, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna through the years
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Western Conference warms up with daughter Gianna Bryant during the NBA All-Star Game 2016 at the Air Canada Centre on February 14, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna watch the first half of an NCAA college basketball game between Connecticut and Houston, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna through the years
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna watch the first half of an NCAA college basketball game between Connecticut and Houston, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers holds his daughter, Gianna, after the Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic in Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals on June 14, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida. The Lakers won 99-86. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna through the years
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers holds his daughter, Gianna, after the Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic in Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals on June 14, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida. The Lakers won 99-86. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant warms up with daughter Gianna Bryant during the NBA All-Star Game 2016 at the Air Canada Centre on February 14, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna through the years
Kobe Bryant warms up with daughter Gianna Bryant during the NBA All-Star Game 2016 at the Air Canada Centre on February 14, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers walks out of the arena with daughter Gianna following his team's victory over the Boston Celtics in Game Five of the 2008 NBA Finals at Staples Center June 15, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna through the years
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers walks out of the arena with daughter Gianna following his team's victory over the Boston Celtics in Game Five of the 2008 NBA Finals at Staples Center June 15, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Atlanta Hawks at Staples Center on November 17, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna through the years
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Atlanta Hawks at Staples Center on November 17, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant stands on the sideline with his daughter Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant on his shoulders prior to the start of the game against the United States and China during an international firendly match at Qualcomm Stadium on April 10, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna through the years
Kobe Bryant stands on the sideline with his daughter Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant on his shoulders prior to the start of the game against the United States and China during an international firendly match at Qualcomm Stadium on April 10, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)
Gianna Bryant dribbles the ball during warm ups before the NBA All-Star Game 2016 at the Air Canada Centre on February 14, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna through the years
Gianna Bryant dribbles the ball during warm ups before the NBA All-Star Game 2016 at the Air Canada Centre on February 14, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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