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Kobe Bryant’s explanation for traveling via helicopter is now gut-wrenching

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Kobe Bryant was known for traveling via private helicopter around the Los Angeles area, and his explanation for doing so is heartbreaking to look back on.

When he was still playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe explained in an interview that he began using a helicopter to get around when it became difficult to fulfill his basketball responsibilities while also being involved in the lives of his children.

“I was sitting in traffic and I wound up missing, like, a school play because I was sitting in traffic,” Bryant said. “I had to figure out a way where I could still train and focus on the craft, but still not compromise family time. That’s when I looked into helicopters and being able to get down and back in 15 minutes.”

Kobe said he had settled into a routine of working out early in the morning, bringing his kids to school, then flying to Staples Center from his home in Newport Beach. After his Lakers duties were fulfilled, Bryant would fly back to help our with his kids. He said his wife Vanessa assured him she could handle it, but he insisted on being there as much as he could.

“You have road trips and times where you don’t see your kids, so every chance I get to see them and spend time with them — even if it’s 20 minutes in the car — I want that,” Kobe said.

Bryant frequently traveled by helicopter for years, even taking one to the Lakers’ championship parade in 2020. Kobe also once let former teammate Steve Blake borrow his private helicopter to get to a doctor’s appointment in time.

The Bryant tragedy isn’t getting any easier to process, which was to be expected. Between the old clips of him explaining why he used a helicopter and the trademark he filed for recently on behalf his daughter Gianna, everything we learn feels like another gut punch.

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Other victims of the helicopter crash:
John Altobelli, junior college baseball coach, also died in helicopter crash
Christina Mauser, girls’ basketball coach, among the helicopter crash victims
Sarah Chester, daughter Payton were also killed in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash
Ara Zobayan was the pilot in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

Tributes to Kobe:
Dallas Mavericks retire Kobe Bryant’s No. 24 jersey
Video: Raptors, Spurs start game with amazing tribute to Kobe Bryant
Shaq posts heartfelt tribute to Kobe Bryant
Michael Jordan releases statement on death of ‘little brother’ Kobe Bryant
Video: Doc Rivers breaks down crying talking about Kobe Bryant
Phil Jackson calls Kobe Bryant ‘a chosen one’ in statement on his death
NBA commissioner Adam Silver issues statement on death of Kobe Bryant
Video: Dwyane Wade posts emotional message reacting to Kobe Bryant’s death
Kendrick Perkins extends olive branch to Kevin Durant after Kobe Bryant’s death
Video: Emotional Mike Breen sums up NBA world’s emotions about Kobe Bryant’s death
Trae Young’s huge game was full of Kobe Bryant-related statistical coincidences

More coverage:
Video: Kobe Bryant helicopter audio released
Media errors, rumors, poor judgment run rampant in reporting of Kobe Bryant news
NBA postpones Tuesday’s Lakers-Clippers game after Kobe Bryant’s death
Kobe Bryant recently filed for ‘Mambacita’ trademark for daughter Gianna
Kobe Bryant checked in on Shaq’s son Shareef morning of helicopter crash
No, Rick Fox did not die in helicopter crash that killed Kobe, Gianna Bryant
Lakers fans start memorial to Kobe Bryant outside Staples Center
Kobe Bryant’s last tweet was congratulating LeBron James on passing him
Sports world stunned over Kobe Bryant news
Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash – dead at 41

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