Kobe Bryant talked about bond with daughter Gigi in final interview and once said he wanted to 'die young'
KOBE Bryant talked about his bond with his daughter Gigi in his final interview and once said he wanted to "die young."
The interview footage resurfaced exactly one year after Bryant died in a helicopter crash along with eight others, including his 13-year-old daughter.
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In the final interview before his death, with LA Times in October 2019, Bryant talks about his bond with Gigi.
Columnist Arash Markazi told Bryant "you and Gigi seem to be attached at the hip," before asking him to describe their relationship, especially on the court.
"It's a trip to see her move. And the expressions she makes, it's a trip. You know, the genetics. Genetics is a real thing man," Bryant said.
"What I love about Gigi is her curiosity about the game. She's very curious about the game.
"And even in a very heated situation in a game where it is very competitive and back and forth, she can detach herself and come over and ask a very specific question. You know, which is not common."
He added: "All of our girls can do that, but that's the part that I think is most exciting is that it's her curiosity and her ability to think critically in tight situations is pretty damn cool."
Several clips and quotes have been circling on the run up to the devastating anniversary, including something he told NBA Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady.
In an emotional interview to ESPN, McGrady recalled Bryant saying that he "wanted to die young."
McGrady said: "I'm devastated, just like everybody else. I know this sounds crazy, but he spoke this, he used to say all the time 'I wanna die young, I wanna be immortalized and have my career be better than Michael Jordan and I want to die young.'
"And I just thought he was so crazy for saying that. And when I got the news yesterday I just could not believe it."
The star shared four daughters with wife, Vanessa Bryant.
Gianna, the pair's oldest daughter tipped to be a basketball ace just like her dad sadly died the crash alongside the 41-year-old.
Bryant and his daughter were traveling to Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks, California for a basketball game, where Gianna would play and Bryant was expected to coach.
Parents, coaches, and promising young sports stars all lost their lives when the Sikorsky S-76 crashed in a tragedy that shocked the world.
Orange Coast College basketball coach John Altobelli and his wife Keri died when the chopper smashed into the hillside.
The Altobellis' teenage daughter Alyssa, who played on the same basketball team as Gianna Bryant at the Mamba Academy, was also killed.
OCC assistant coach Ron La Ruffa told CNN Gianna and Alyssa were teammates and Altobelli would often fly to see his daughter's games.
Christina Mauser, a girls' basketball coach at a K-8 private school in Orange County, died when the helicopter spun out of control, alongside Sarah Chester and her teen daughter Payton.
The pilot Ara Zobayan was one of the nine people killed during the doomed helicopter ride.
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