Gianna Maria Onore Bryant also referred to as “Gigi”, (May 1, 2006 – January 26, 2020) was an American basketball player that attended Harbor Day School in Newport Beach, California
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& her father Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant died on January 26, 2020, in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, California .
Born in Los Angeles, California Khủng Vanessa & Kobe Bryant, Gianna was raised with her older sister Natalia & two younger sisters, Bianka và Capri. Her mother is Mexican và her father is African-American. She was also the granddaughter of former NBA player Joe Bryant và great-niece of former basketball player John ” Chubby ” Cox. Her father, Kobe, was the reason she started playing basketball. He would take her phệ his games where she would often shoot around with the nhóm in warm-ups .Bryant’s inspiration phệ play in the WNBA came after playing attending Los Angeles Sparks game during a school trip in fourth grade, when she declared, ” I will play in the WNBA, I promise. ” Bryant played basketball for the Mamba Sports Academy, where she was coached by her father until their tragic death. She played on the competitive đội with the club at the U-10 through U-15 levels .Bryant had a very close relationship with her father Kobe as she was usually always by her father’s side. Kobe would talk about Gianna saying how she was female phiên bản of him .” This kid, man … I’m telling you, The best thing that happens is when we go out, và fans will come up bự me, & she’ll be standing next bự me, & they will be lượt thích, ‘ You gotta have a boy, you & V [ wife Vanessa ] gotta have a boy, man, bự have somebody carry on the tradition, the legacy. ‘ And [ Gigi ] is lượt thích, ‘ I got this ! ‘ ” Bryant said. ” That’s right. Yes, you bởi vì. You got this. “Bryant wore the number 2 lớn honor United States women’s national đá bóng player Sydney Leroux .
Main article : 2020 Calabasas helicopter crash
At 9 : 06 a. m. Pacific Standard Time on January 26, 2020, a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter departed from John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, with nine people aboard : Gianna, her father, six family friends, & the pilot. The helicopter was registered bự the Fillmore-based Island Express Holding Corp., according béo the California Secretary of State business database. The nhóm was traveling lớn Camarillo Airport in Ventura County for a basketball game at Bryant’s Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks .Due béo light rain và fog that morning, the LAPD helicopters và most other air lượt truy cập were grounded. The flight tracker showed that the helicopter circled above the L.A. Zoo due bự heavy air lượng truy cập in the area. At 9 : 30 a. m. the pilot contacted the Burbank Airport’s control tower, notifying the tower of the situation và was told he was ” flying too low ” Khủng be tracked by radar. At that giây phút, the helicopter experienced extreme fog và turned south towards the mountains. At 9 : 40 a. m. the helicopter climbed rapidly from 1,200 bự 2,000 feet ( 370 mập 610 m ), flying at 161 knots ( 298 km / giờ đồng hồ ; 185 mph ) .At 9 : 45 a. m., the helicopter crashed into the side of a mountain in Calabasas, about 30 miles ( 48 km ) northwest of downtown Los Angeles, và began burning. Bryant, his daughter, & the other seven occupants were killed. This also started a quarter-acre bush fire. At 9 : 47 a. m. authorities were called. Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighters responded lớn the scene, & paramedics rappelled from a helicopter bự the scene Khủng look for survivors. The fire was difficult Khủng extinguish due bự the presence of magnesium, but the fire had been extinguished by 10 : 30 a. m. Initial reports indicated that the helicopter crashed in the hills above Calabasas in heavy fog. Witnesses reported hearing a helicopter struggling before crashing .
On February 5, 2020, Bryant’s school Harbor Day School retired her jersey number 2. At the 2020 NBA All-Star Game on February 16, Team LeBron wore the Bryant’s jersey number. On April 17, 2020, Alyssa Altobelli, Gianna Bryant, và Payton Chester were named honorary draft picks in the 2020 WNBA draft. The league also introduced Kobe & Gigi Bryant WNBA Advocacy Award .