KOBE BEAN BRYANT was an American professional basketball player. As a shooting guard, Bryant entered the National Basketball Association (NBA) directly from high school, and played his entire 20-season professional career in the league with the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant won many accolades: five NBA championships, 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, 12-time member of the All-Defensive Team, 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP), two-time NBA Finals MVP winner. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, he led the NBA in scoring during two seasons, ranks fourth on the league's all-time regular season scoring and all-time postseason scoring lists.
GIANNA MARIA ONORE BRYANT also referred to as "Gigi", was an American middle school basketball player that attended Harbor Day School in Newport Beach, California. Born in Los Angeles, California to Vanessa and Kobe Bryant, Gianna was raised with her older sister Natalia and two younger sisters, Bianka and Capri. Her father, Kobe, was the reason she started playing basketball. Gianna played basketball for the Mamba Sports Academy, where she was coached by Kobe until their tragic death. She played on the competitive team with the club at the U-10 through U-15 levels. Gianna wanted to play college basketball at the power house University of Connecticut, she reguarly attended UConn, WNBA, and Lakers games with Kobe. She 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 version of him.