Kobe Bryant’s wife Vanessa recently posted a video of her now deceased 13 year old daughter Gianna, playing basketball in heels.
Gianna was a very talented basketball player, as you can see in the video.
The 13 year old was killed, along with her father, in a tragic helicopter accident in California on Sunday.
Gianna, who was the second daughter of Vanessa and Kobe Bryant, was a highly skilled, player – who was already being recruited by college basketball teams.
USA Today noted, in June 2018, that, at 12 years old, she was already taller than her mother, and speculated that, by the time she was grown, she might be close to as tall as her father. They wrote, “That size with Bryant’s skill is an absolutely terrifying combination for a young dynamo who clearly has the ability to dominate the flow of a game on the court.”
Kobe called Gianna “Mambacita” on the basketball court. His sports nickname had been “The Black Mamba”.
Over the years, the world watched her grow from a babe in her father’s arms, to a small child trying to hold his Finals MVP trophy to his companion at WNBA, college and NBA games around the country, listening to her father break down play and watching every detail on the court, just as he always did.
“Gigi was really turning into a special player,” said Russ Davis, the women’s basketball coach at Vanguard University in Southern California and someone who became close with Bryant in recent years. “It’s hard to predict her future, but with the way she was improving and the way she understood the game, she was going to have a bright one.”