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the sweetest photos of 'girl dad' kobe bryant

The late Lakers player and his daughter Gianna died tragically in a 2020 helicopter crash.


Kobe held a young Gianna (nicknamed “Gigi”) on his shoulders at a soccer match. This Saturday would mark her 15th birthday.

Daddy’s Girl

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The Bryant family successfully coordinated Wizard of Oz costumes (no small feat!) for Halloween 2019.

There’s No Place Like Home


Vanessa, Kobe, Natalia and Gigi attended the premiere of Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time.

Movie Night


I guess the best way to describe it is that Kobe and Gigi motivate me to keep going.

vanessa to people

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Kobe, Vanessa, Natalia and Gigi took a trip to Disneyland in 2010 to celebrate the Lakers’ NBA championship.

Most Magical Place
on Earth

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Little Gigi clung to her dad’s leg at a Lakers game in 2008. 

From the Archives

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The Bryant family smiled at Kobe’s jersey retirement ceremony. At the end of his career, Kobe had played 1,346 games and averaged 25 points per game.

Squad Up

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Gigi and Kobe attended the 2019 WNBA All-Star game. Following in her dad’s footsteps, Gigi was a budding basketball superstar.

Playing Like a Girl

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After retiring, Kobe brought Gigi to a Lakers game against the Atlanta Hawks. She giggled as her dad kissed her on the head. 

That Post-Retirement Life

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Kobe kissed a toddler Gigi with his arm around Natalia at his side. He had just been presented with the 2008 MVP Award.

Daddy-Daughter(s) Day

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