Kobe Bryant's legacy will live on for years after his illustrious 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Five championships, a Most Valuable Player award, and two NBA Finals Most Valuable Player trophies put him in the rarest of companies, especially as a shooting guard. Most only consider Michael Jordan as ahead of him on the two-guard greats list.
He took from Jordan what he could and added his own touch to his impeccable array of scoring moves. Now, it seems the Black Mamba is paying it forward to an unlikely but obvious person: his daughter. 11-year-old Gianna Bryant is coming to a gym near you.
Gianna is the middle daughter of the Bryant clan, with Vanessa Bryant birthing three daughters to Kobe. While Lakers fans anxiously wait for him to have a boy, it appears Kobe's not wasting any more time.
Bryant shared an Instagram video of his daughter nailing a turnaround jumper from the corner - a shot he's hit plenty of times in his career - and the influence from her now-retired father is obvious.
Take a look at the Little Mamba draining the jumper and see for yourself:
If that doesn't scream Kobe I don't know what does. She's a regular chip off the old block, and at 11, she's got plenty of time to train with her hyper-focused dad to become the next big thing.
The side-by-side comparison is even better. Note the release and follow through, which looks nearly identical:
Like father, like daughter.
Watch out, WNBA, you may have a dominant Bryant on the way in the next decade. Somehow, someway, it seems like destiny for her to land on the Los Angeles Sparks and carry on tradition. Instant star potential, we say.
Sure, that's a lot of pressure to put on Young Gianna, but she can train with one of the greatest to ever lace them up. Poppa' Kobe would certainly be more than willing to have his brain picked by his own daughter.
Add Gianna to a growing list of NBA-player children who we've now seen grace the basketball court. LeBron James Jr. looks like he'll be a legitimate NBA talent. His highlight reel video as a 12-year-old back in March is all the proof you need to buy-in before he hits his teens:
Who knows what their futures hold, but it's fun to think about Kobe and LeBron grooming their kids to reach even higher peaks than they could have because of the amazing opportunity they have to learn.