Third Daughter on the Way for Kobe Bryant
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Kobe Bryant is going to be a father of three!
The retired NBA star announced the news on Instagram Tuesday along with a photo of a “Baby Mamba” onesie, a glittery red bow and a pair of adorable little Nike Kobe sneakers.
“Beyond blessed and excited to share that we are expecting our third baby girl!!! #Blessed #BabyMamba #Thankful,” Bryant, 37, captioned his photo.
His wife Vanessa, 34, also shared the same photo and caption on Instagram. The couple already have two children, daughters Natalia, 13, and Gianna, 10.
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In April, the former Lakers star ended his iconic 20-year basketball career, scoring 60 points in his final game. “Mamba out!” Bryant said during his speech after playing at Staples Center for the very last time.
The father-to-be has been heavily involved in his daughters’ sports activities. Big sister Natalia plays soccer while Gianna has inherited her dad’s basketball skills.
“We were shooting not too long ago and she was shooting one-dribble pullups,” Bryant told ESPN. “I asked her where does she get that from? She said, ‘From watching you.’ I didn’t know she was paying attention that much,” the proud dad continued. “I watch her play and she has the same mannerisms. She’ll sit there and bite her jersey and all this other stuff. That’s a beautiful thing.”
– Karen Mizoguchi