It’s been over a decade since NBA stars Zach Randolph and Kobe Bryant played against each other in the Western Conference. Both of them have played in the All-Star Game as teammates. During Randolph’s brief time with the Clippers.
Who played under the large Staples Center shadow cast by Bryant and the Lakers, the two even shared an office. They saw each other frequently enough for “a mutual respect,” as stated by Randolph.
Still, no one could have predicted that in Randolph’s first year of retirement, he would ask Bryant to make room for his eldest daughter, MacKenly.
On Bryant’s Team Mamba, or that the relationship would take on a coach-parent aspect.
Before moving from Memphis to Southern California in the summer of 2019. Randolph’s go-to Kobe anecdotes were around Bryant’s intense competitiveness and what it was like to experience it firsthand.
Randolph’s career feuds with the Portland Trail Blazers date back to the early 2000s, long before he became one of the most accomplished and beloved players in Memphis Grizzlies history.
Kobe Bryant Loved Being a #GirlDad
Many people have been thinking about parenting since the weekend deaths of basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna.
ESPN’s Elle Duncan recounted a personal experience she had with Bryant several years ago. Duncan said she first met Bryant at an ESPN event in New York when she was eight months pregnant.
Bryant asked, “How are you?” as she walked up to him. Are you really this close? I’m curious, what are you drinking.
He told Duncan, “Girls are the best…,” when she told him she was having a girl. I’m a girl dad; if I could, I’d have five more daughters.
Tears welled up in Duncan’s eyes as she recalled the Bryants’ gleeful description of their daughter Gianna’s athletic achievements.
She summed up her feelings about Kobe Bryant by saying, “When I contemplate on this tragedy and that half an hour that I had with Kobe Bryant two years ago.
I suppose that the one small source of solace for me is knowing that he died doing what he loved most, being a Dad, being a girl Dad.”
Fans all over the world have been paying respect to the couple using the hashtag #girldad after learning about the emotional experience.
To honour Kobe and Gianna Bryant and their daughters, many fathers have started uploading photos of their girls online with the hashtag.
While Kobe Bryant will always be recognised as a basketball great, he will also be remembered as a “girl dad” to his kids and others who knew him.
The word “girl dad” became the top trending topic on Twitter, and about 94,000 images tagged with the same name were shared on Instagram.
As people around the world continued to mourn the loss of the basketball star and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.