Gianna Bryant

Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, born on May 1, 2006, was a middle school basketball player from Newport Beach, California, who attended Harbor Day School. She was born in Los Angeles, California, to Kobe Bryant Vanessa Laine Bryant, and she had three sisters, Natalia — an older sister — and two younger sisters, Bianka and Capri. Let us all light candles to honor her birthday.

Fast Facts

Full Name:

Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant

Nickname:

Gigi

Birth date:

May 1, 2006

Death date:

January 26, 2020 (age 13)

Zodiac Sign:

Taurus

Height:

5' 10"

Net Worth:

$1.5 million

Background

Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant was born on May 1, 2006, in Los Angeles, California, and was Vanessa and Kobe Bryant’s second child. Her father was African-American, and her mother is Mexican. Her mother Vanessa was a model, and her father Kobe Bryant was a famous basketball player who played for the Los Angeles Lakers and won five N.B.A. titles. Bryant acquired an interest in basketball at a young age after witnessing her renowned father play, and her father supported her desire by taking her to his games, where she would often shoot around with the team during warm-ups.

Bryant attended Harbor Day Institution in Newport Beach, California, a private school. She began playing competitive basketball at her school and quickly became a member of the basketball league. Bryant became a famous player for her middle school basketball team and one of the M.V.P.s. She began playing basketball in 2011 at the Mamba Sports Academy, where her father mentored her. She started her career with the Mamba Ballers and remained with the team until 2020.

Reggie Miller tried to persuade her father to send her to the University of California, Los Angeles, when she was 12 years old. Kobe stated in an interview that she dreamt of playing basketball at the University of Connecticut. However, due to unfortunate events, fate had other plans. On January 26, 2020, near Calabasas, California, she passed away at 13 in a helicopter crash with her father. Bryant was a bright young basketball player at Harbor Day School, and she was one of the most valuable players on the team.

Career timeline

2011
Daddy’s Girl

Her basketball career starts at the Mamba Sports Academy with aid from her father.

2020
Crushed Dreams

The 13-year-old loses her life alongside her father in a helicopter crash in California on January 26.

2020
Her Memorial Tribute

Kobe and Gianna Bryant receive a tribute memorial at the 51st NAACP Image Awards on February 22.

2020
Honorary Pick

Bryant is awarded the Women’s NBA draft with Payton Chester and Alyssa Altobelli on April 17.

2021
Advocacy Award

Kobe Bryant, as the coach, and Gigi Bryant receive an Advocacy Award from the N.B.A.

Why We Love Gianna Bryant

  1. A great daughter and sister

    At Kobe and Gianna Bryant’s memorial, Vanessa Bryant told attendees that she could always trust her daughter to do the right thing. She enjoyed assisting her sisters, carrying their baby bags, and playing with them.

  2. She made her father proud

    She enjoyed assisting and instructing others. She offered the boy’s basketball coaches at school help and gave other basketball players advice. She was a lot like her father, and they both enjoyed assisting others in learning new skills and mastering them.

  3. She was passionate about basketball

    Bryant went from courtside to courtside at such a young age, working extremely hard and swiftly rising to be one of the most promising young ladies in basketball. Bryant always focused on improving and working hard so that she could be the best.

5 Surprising Facts

  1. She spoke three languages

    In addition to English, Bryant also spoke Mandarin and understood Spanish.

  2. Bryant said she could beat her father

    She said this at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.

  3. A natural leader

    She arrived at games with a smile and inspired her team to achieve more.

  4. Trae Young was her favorite player

    She attended two N.B.A. games with Young, and he was her favorite player.

  5. Her father was her coach

    Her father spent time coaching her and her school squad after retiring in 2016.

Gianna Bryant FAQs

Who was Gianna Bryant’s best friend?

On the night before her first anniversary, Vanessa Bryant shared a letter from her late daughter’s best friend, Aubrey.

When was Gianna Bryant’s last game?

Kobe and Gigi Bryant watched their final Lakers game together on December 29, 2019.

What grade would Gigi Bryant be in in 2022?

She would have completed the eighth grade.

Gianna Bryant’s birthday dates

YearDateDay
2025May 1Thursday
2026May 1Friday
2027May 1Saturday
2028May 1Monday
2029May 1Tuesday

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