On Thursday, the NBA star's widow shared a heartbreaking video of Kobe talking about coaching his daughter and the joy it brought him.
"She started out playing soccer, which is one of my favorite sports as well," Kobe says in the clip. "But then when she asked about learning the game of basketball, I started teaching her piece by piece, and she started enjoying it and loving it and now she plays every day."
"It's been a joy to watch her grow and to be there everyday for that process," the former Los Angeles Laker continues. "Her temperament is a lot like mine. She's extremely competitive, very fiery, and backs down from no challenge.
"She's a good mix of me and good mix of her mama, so that makes her even more competitive than I am," he adds.
"My baby girl, Gianna Bryant, is an amazingly sweet and gentle soul. She was always thoughtful. She would always kiss me goodnight and kiss me good morning… She was daddy's girl but I know she loved mama, and she would always show me and tell me how much she loved me," Vanessa shared. "She was one of my very best friends."