JAY-Z is sharing one of the last moments he spent with NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who d*ed on January 26 alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant and seven others in a trag*c helicopter cr*sh in Calabasas, California. The rapper, 50, opened up about his relationship with Bryant on Tuesday night while speaking at Columbia University. “So Kobe was a guy that looked up to me,” JAY-Z said, according to video shared by Roc Nation Sports.
JAY-Z added that he had h!ng out with Bryant “multiple times,” most recently celebrating New Year’s together at his house. “He was just in the greatest space that I’ve seen him in,” the rapper said, adding that one of his last conversations with the Lakers player was about his daughter Gianna and her skill on the basketball court. “One of the last things he said to me was, you’ve gotta see Gianna play basketball,” JAY-Z said. “And that was one of the most h*rtful things, because he was so proud.
And the look on his face was like — I looked at him and said, ‘Oh, she’s going to be the best female basketball player in the world.’” “He was just so proud,” he said. “So that’s really a tough one.
“Just a great human being and was in a great space in his life.” pic.twitter.com/QJ1PTqkPmq
— Roc Nation Sports (@RocNationSports) February 5, 2020
“My wife and I took their deaths … really tough. That’s all I’ll say on that,” he concluded. “Just a great human being and was in a great space in his life.” After the cr*sh, Beyoncé shared throwback photos of both Kobe and Gianna on Instagram. Then last week, Beyoncé, 38, shared a photo of Bryant and Gianna, writing, “I will continue to diligently pray for your Queens. You are deeply m!ssed beloved Kobe.” JAY-Z’s words echo several others who recalled conversations with Bryant about his talented daughter, both of whom were honored last Friday at the Lakers’ first game since the helicopter cr*sh that also cla!med the lives of John, Keri and Alyssa Altobelli, Payton and Sarah Chester, Christina Mauser and pilot Ara Zobayan.
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