Kobe Bryant's daughter Gianna is slaying on the court at 12 years old

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Gianna Bryant is just 12, but she’s already following in her dad’s footsteps. Her dad? That would be Kobe Bryant, of course. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Gianna Bryant is just 12, but she’s already following in her dad’s footsteps. Her dad? That would be Kobe Bryant, of course. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Not all kids of famous athletes inherit the skills of their parents. Some are just normal people who can occasionally sink a basket or throw a decent spiral. But Gianna Bryant, the 12-year-old daughter of Kobe Bryant, has definitely inherited the Bryant basketball gene. And when she showed off those skills at a basketball game, her proud papa couldn’t resist sharing with the world.

Gigi at work #mambacita

A post shared by Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) on Jun 24, 2018 at 6:12pm PDT


Not only does she display some nice transitional defense, that spin move before she sinks the basket is gorgeous.

Gigi may be Kobe’s daughter, but she didn’t just wake up one day with these insane skills. She’s been working on them for years. Here she is in May 2017 when she turned 11.

Happy Birthday to this lil lady. My Gigi!! #lilmamba #tesoro #11

A post shared by Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) on May 1, 2017 at 5:44pm PDT


She hits her dad’s signature shot in his ridiculous home gym, with his Lakers jersey hanging above her, and with a basketball game on in the background. That’s epic.

And where did she learn how to do that? From dear old dad, of course. Here’s Kobe giving Gigi a one-on-one lessons a few months after that.


Gigi working on that stroke #wristwork #wnbafinals

A post shared by Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) on Sep 17, 2017 at 11:30pm PDT


You can tell Kobe is already blown away by his daughter’s skills — not to mention he swagger. Gigi is just 12 now, but it’s clear that her basketball future is bright. Mambacita is just getting started.

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Liz Roscher is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at lizroscher@yahoo.com or follow her on Twitter at @lizroscher.

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