Vanessa shared a sweet tribute to her late husband in February 2020 with a throwback photo of the NBA player. “#mybestfriend #theBestdaddy Miss you so much,” she wrote at the time. “#handsome #sweet #funny #silly #lovinghusband. Miss you saying, ‘Bonjourno principessa/reina.’”
Vanessa wanted to have “a boy more than” the Los Angeles Lakers player, he told Extra in March 2019. “I love having girls — I’m super, super excited about that,” Kobe said at the time. “She is as well. 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. 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.”
The Philadelphia native told Jimmy Kimmel in October 2018 that Gianna wanted to continue his legacy on the basketball court and had WNBA dreams.
In October 2019, he gushed to The Los Angeles Times about his athletic daughter’s “curiosity on the court.” He said that Gianna was “something else,” explaining, “Even in a heated situation in a game where it’s going back and forth, she can detach herself and come to me and ask a very specific question, which is not common. She’ll come over and say, ‘OK, on this particular trap when I’m trying to close the gap but she’s getting on the outside, do I need to change my angle?’ It’s a very specific question. That’s pretty damn cool.”
The Mamba Mentality author wed Vanessa in 2001. Keep scrolling to see her sweetest motherhood moments following his death, from family photos to Gianna tributes.