Since the untimely and shocking death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, there have been several tributes planned in their honor for two lives taken too soon. The NBA has several planned as well for this All-Star weekend. This includes Team Giannis wearing No. 24 jerseys to honor Kobe while Team LeBron will don No. 2 jerseys to pay homage to Gianna.
When asked why he decided to have his team wear Gianna’s number, LeBron James made it clear it had everything to do with his daughter.
“LeBron said the league asked him if he wanted his team to wear 24 or 2 for the All Star game,” Los Angeles Times reporter Tania Ganguli tweeted. “He picked 2, the number Gianna Bryant wore. Why? ‘Zhuri.'”
Zhuri James is LeBron’s only daughter.
While he was alive, many people alluded to Kobe always wanting to have a son to pass down his legacy, but that simply wasn’t the case as ESPN reporter Elle Duncan recalled Kobe telling her how much he loved being a “girl dad.”
As horrible as it was to lose Kobe Bryant on that helicopter crash, it was made that much worse when reports stated Gianna was also on that trip along with two others teens and five more people.
Kobe’s love of being a #GirlDad led to thousands of fathers showing off their love for their own daughters on social media.