Hearing this may literally make your heart hurt.
During an appearance on Barstool’s “The Corp With A-Rod and Big Cat” podcast back in December 2018, Kobe Bryant and the gang got into a conversation about helicopters. It was at this point that the Mamba explained to Alex Rodriguez why he began using helicopters as a means for transportation in Los Angeles.
“Traffic started getting really bad, and I was sitting in traffic and I wound up missing like a school play because I was sitting in traffic… And I had to figure out a way where I could still train and focus on the craft, but still not compromise family time.
“And so that’s when I looked into helicopters, and being able to get down and back in 15 minutes. And that’s when it started. So my routine was always the same. Weights early in the morning, kids to school, fly down, practice like crazy, do my extra work, media, everything I needed to do, fly back, get back in carpool lane, pick the kids up.
“And my wife was like, ‘Listen, I can pick them up.’ I’m like, ‘no, no, no, I want to do that,’ because you got road trips sometimes where you don’t see your kids, man. So, like, every chance I get to see them and spend time with them, even if it’s 20 minutes in the car, I want that.”
So Kobe’s main reason for using helicopters was so that he could spend more time with his family.
Just when you thought this couldn’t get any more heartbreaking.
Here’s the entire interview: