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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Kobe Bryant recently filed for ‘Mambacita’ trademark for daughter Gianna

Kobe Bryant daughter Gianna

The news surrounding the death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna continues grow more and more heartbreaking by the minute.

Like her father, 13-year-old Gianna Bryant was a basketball enthusiast. According to TMZ, Bryant had recently filed paperwork to trademark the nickname “Mambacita” for Gianna. Kobe’s nickname, of course, was the Black Mamba. The trademark was to use the phrase for apparel. Bryant had included #Mambacita on some of his recent social media posts involving Gianna, including one in November where he complimented Gianna’s teammate Alyssa Altobelli for her defense.

Kobe and Gianna were on their way to basketball practice at the Mamba Academy on Sunday morning when their helicopter crashed. Altobelli and her father, John, were also on board. John Altobelli was the head baseball coach at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California.

Kobe gushed about Gianna during a recent appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” saying that she wanted to play in the WNBA. Bryant spoke about how fans used to come up to him in public and say he had to have a son to carry on the legacy, but Gianna would tell them “I got this.”

Bryant has three other daughters. Thankfully, none of them or his wife Vanessa were involved in Sunday’s crash.

The tragedy of losing Kobe has been felt worldwide, but it makes it even more painful that children also lost their lives. Gianna and Alyssa had so much more to experience in life and appeared to be destined for success.

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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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