JAY-Z Says Kobe "Looked Up to Me," Gianna Was "Going to Be the Best Female Basketball Player in the World"

February 6, 2020

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JAY-Z has opened up about last conversation with Kobe Bryant before the NBA legend's tragic death alongside 13-year-old daughter Gianna in a helicopter crash last month. "So Kobe was a guy that looked up to me," JAY-Z during a talk at Columbia University this week. "He was just in the greatest space that I’ve seen him in. One of the last things he said to me was, 'You’ve gotta see Gianna play basketball.' And that was one of the most hurtful things, because he was so proud...I looked at him and said, ‘Oh, she’s going to be the best female basketball player in the world.'” JAY-Z declined to say more, but added that Bryant was "just a great human being and was in a great space in his life.”