When Kobe Bryant hung up his Los Angeles Lakers jersey the final time last year, the search immediately began for his replacement. Was it D’Angelo Russell and his knack for big shots? Could it be Brandon Ingram and his ability to use Kobe’s former locker? What about Paul George and his (basically) begging to be traded?
It turns out it might be none of those players, and we may have erred in looking for the next Bryant too soon, and too far away from the Mamba’s actual bloodline.
Why do I say that, you ask? I’ll tell you why, and it’s because Bryant’s daughter Gianna just turned 11 years old Monday, and she may have already mastered her father’s signature turnaround jumper from the right baseline. She also doesn’t even look like she has to try that hard. All that’s missing is a jaw-jut as she runs back on defense.
Take a look for yourself:
She hit the follow-through and everything. Word it that John Calipari has already offered her a full-ride to Kentucky.*
Next Mamba confirmed. Harrison out.
*This is not true, most likely.