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Kobe Bryant’s kids

Kobe Bryant’s kids played such a key role in his life prior to his tragic death in a January 2020 helicopter crash, which also took the life of his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. While Kobe and Gigi are sadly no longer with us, their legacies live on with the help of Vanessa Bryant and the other three Bryant children.

Kobe Bryant’s kids: Natalia, Gianna, Bianka, Capri

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Bryant always beamed with pride each time he talked about his daughters. The five-time NBA champion loved being a “girl dad.”

Remember that heartbreaking story by ESPN’s Elle Duncan upon Bryant’s tragic passing?

“Girls are the best. I would have five more girls if I could. I’m a girl dad,” he said.

Around the time they were expecting baby No. 4, Bryant revealed that having a boy was more important for Vanessa than it was to him.

Like most kids with superstar fathers, Kobe Bryant’s family has been in the public eye from the beginning.

As toddlers, Natalia and Gianna were staples during Lakers games and were witnesses to their father’s last two NBA titles. They were also at Staples Center when Kobe played his final NBA game and dropped 60 points on the Utah Jazz.

Upon his retirement from the NBA in 2016, the Bryant household added two more little Mambacitas. It’s so sad that Bianka and Capri did not really get a chance to experience what an incredible father they had and what an amazing sister Gianna was.

Let’s have a closer look at Kobe Bryant’s four kids.

Natalia Diamante Bryant

Natalia is Kobe and Vanessa’s firstborn. She came to this world as the ultimate blessing for the Bryant family, having been born on January 19, 2003.

“Nani,” as she is known, did not take the basketball route like her legendary dad and younger sister Gianna.

But given the competitive fire in her genes, she took her talents to the volleyball court. Natalia was the captain of Sage Hill High School’s women’s volleyball varsity team, where she set a school record for kills in a single season for four straight years. Kobe supported her during her games upon his retirement.

 

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18-year-old Natalia recently signed with IMG models and got accepted at USC, where she will attend in the fall.

Vanessa, meanwhile, has lauded her for being an incredible big sister to their little ones since the tragedy.

The mother-daughter duo recently starred in a new short film for Bulgari and Vogue called “A Mother’s Legacy.”

“You’re not only just an amazing daughter, but an amazing friend,” she also says, according to Vogue. “You’re like the constant North Star to all your friends. … No matter what, you’re always there, and they can always rely on you and count on you.”

 

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Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant

While Kobe loved all his children equally, a lot of people believe Gianna was his favorite.

After all, it seems that she was his heir apparent. She was supposed to be the next big thing for women’s basketball and the chosen one for the WNBA in the coming years.

The 13-year-old already had it all planned out. She was going to play college ball for Connecticut and get drafted to the WNBA.

It wasn’t just all hype either. Gigi was indeed a talented basketball player who already embodied Mamba Mentality at a young age. Kobe called her a beast who was better than him at that age.

 

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But in a cruel twist of fate, Gigi never realized that bright future since she was with Kobe on that tragic January day.

We’ll always have those adorable father-daughter moments of Kobe and Gigi watching courtside at NBA games. There was Bryant, in his element, breaking down plays and watching every detail on the court, while Gigi patiently listened and soaked everything in.

Kobe, of course, was a staunch supporter of women’s basketball. Gigi’s love for the game only strengthened Kobe’s desire to give women’s basketball the credit and recognition it deserves.

We saw Kobe enjoy his time as a coach of Gigi’s team upon his retirement. He loved every moment of it and wouldn’t trade it for anything else in the world.

Bianka Bella Bryant

Little BB was born just a few months after Kobe played his final game in the NBA in 2016. With more time on his hands, Kobe embraced fatherhood on a full-time basis and cherished every moment with his newborn daughter.

The public was introduced to Kobe’s soft side every time Vanessa posted heartwarming photos of the father-daughter duo.

 

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When Bianka smiles, fans can’t help but see a little bit of Kobe. The resemblance is just uncanny. Nowadays, little Bibi gives a ray of sunshine to Vanessa’s followers through her adorable dancing videos.

 

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Capri Kobe Bryant

Little Koko wasn’t even a year old when Kobe and Gigi tragically passed away. She was the Bryant household’s latest angel.

While Capri did not have a lot of time with her old man and older sister, Vanessa claims she has picked up a lot of mannerisms from Kobe and Gianna. Apart from being her father and sister’s “twin,” little Koko apparently walks like Kobe and even bends her leg the same way.

Here she is adorably trying to fit into her daddy’s shoes.

 

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Kobe Bryant’s kids will surely do great things with the guidance of Vanessa and all the other people in their life.