Kobe Bryant Jokes He Wants His Own 'Starting' Lineup of Kids: My 'Own Internal Basketball Team'
Kobe Bryant and his pregnant wife Vanessa are currently expecting their fourth daughter together
Bryant, 40, stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday, where he joked about having three daughters and no sons. When host DeGeneres asked if he was excited to learn that his fourth child was also a girl, the athlete said yes.
“I’m super excited,” he shared. “I love my princesses. Vanessa was kind of putting the pressure on me to have a boy. She said, ‘You can do it, you can do it!’ And then, ‘Nah, you can’t do it.’ ”
Bryant also revealed that he’d like to have a fifth child.
“I would go for a solid starting five. You just have your own internal basketball team,” he joked.
“I would say yeah, but Vanessa right now would look at me as if I was crazy,” he added. “She’s like, ‘No, we’re done. That’s it.’ ”
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In March, Bryant shared with Extra that Vanessa, 36, wants a son before their family is complete.
“I think she wants a boy more than I do,” Bryant joked, adding of his estrogen-powered brood, “I love having girls — I’m super, super excited about that.”
“She is as well,” he said of his wife. “She wanted a boy so he can be mama’s boy forever — that sort of thing. We’ll see if I can deliver, I don’t know.”
The couple announced their impending new baby girl on New Year’s Day, when the former Lakers star wrote on Instagram, “Vanessa and I are beyond excited to announce that we are expecting another #mambacita to go along with Natalia, Gianna and Bianka.”
Bryant also said his daughters were “super excited” about their little sister on the way and joked of his wife, “She’s like, ‘You go see if you can hit a clutch shot, you gave me all girls, let’s see if you can bring a boy!’ Nope, not yet. We’ll see, we’ll see.”
Bryant’s comments echo those he has made in the past about being a dad of daughters, admitting to Extra in July 2017 that while “guys keep teasing” him about being a father of only girls, he couldn’t be prouder.
“My friends say, ‘It takes a real man to make a boy,’ ” said the athlete. “I’m like, ‘Dude, it takes a king to make a princess … get in line.’ “
“It’s pretty cool for me ’cause it’s Daddy’s little princesses,” he quipped.