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This One Story About Kobe Bryant Being A “Girls Dad” Is Going Viral

The NBA legend tragically died alongside daughter Gianna this week

The sheer amount of beautiful and touching stories about Kobe Bryant following his death on Monday is a testament to the basketball star’s legacy both on the court and off. 

Watch Below: Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna killed in California helicopter crash

One of the most tear-jerking stories to come out so far was when ESPN anchor Elle Duncan recalled her first and only conversation with Kobe in 2018.

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Getting emotional as she retold the story, Elle shared just how much of a proud father the NBA champion was.

When they met, Elle was eight months pregnant with her first child. When she told Kobe she was having a girl, he gave her a high five and said, “Girls are the best.”

Kobe had three daughters at the time – Natalia, 15, Gianna, 12, and Bianka, 18 months. 

“I asked him for advice on raising girls, seeing as though he quite famously had three at the time,” Elle shared. “And he said, ‘Just be grateful that you’ve been given that gift because girls are amazing.'” 

“His third daughter, Bianka, was about a year-and-a-half old at the time, so I asked if he wanted more children, and he said that his wife, Vanessa, really wanted to try again for a boy but was sort of jokingly concerned that it would be another girl. And I was like, ‘Four girls, are you joking? What would you think? How would you feel?’” 

Recalling the moment and choking up, Elle said, “And without hesitation he said, ‘I would have five more girls if I could. I’m a ‘girl dad.'”

Kobe then gushed to Elle about his girls’ accomplishments.

“When it came to sports, he said that his oldest daughter was an accomplished volleyball player and that the youngest was a toddler, so TBD,” Elle said. “But that middle one, he said, that middle one was a monster. She’s a beast. She’s better than I was at her age. She’s got it. That middle one, of course, was Gigi.”

“When I reflect on this tragedy and that half an hour that I spent with Kobe Bryant two years ago, I suppose it’s the only small source of comfort for me is knowing that he died doing what he loved the most: being a dad,” she said. “Being a ‘girl dad.'”

In 2019, Kobe and Vanessa had a fourth baby – another girl – Capri Kobe Bryant. 

The sheer amount of beautiful and touching stories about Kobe Bryant following his death on Monday is a testament to the basketball star’s legacy both on the court and off. 

Watch Below: Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna killed in California helicopter crash

The sheer amount of beautiful and touching stories about Kobe Bryant following his death on Monday is a testament to the basketball star’s legacy both on the court and off. 

Watch Below: Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna killed in California helicopter crash

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