Kobe Bryant Said He Started Using Helicopters Because He Wanted to Have More Time With His Daughters | 22 Words

Yesterday, the world was left devastated by the heartbreaking news that legendary NBA player, Kobe Bryant, died in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning - he was just forty-one-years-old.

Bryant's daughter, Gianna, was also on board the helicopter with her father and died in the crash along with 7 other victims.

And now, the reason has emerged as to why Kobe used helicopters so often, and the reason is heartbreaking.

Keep scrolling to learn more...

Kobe Bryant was a legend in the world of basketball.

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The former pro basketball player won 5 NBA titles throughout his 2-decade career with the Los Angeles Lakers, cementing him as one of the greatest players of all time.

The sporting sensation joined the NBA straight out of high school...

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He was then elected by the Charlotte Hornets with the thirteenth overall pick of the 1996 NBA draft. Ultimately, he was then traded to the Lakers, in a move that truly kick-started his iconic career.

At age thirty-four, Kobe became the youngest player in NBA history to surpass the 30,000 point mark.

On April 13, 2016, Kobe played his final game where he wowed the sold-out crowd, scoring a huge sixty points - the sixth sixty-point game of his career.

Kobe is also made a name for himself off the court...

The basketball star won an Oscar for his short film, Dear Basketball, in 2018.

But there's no denying he was a family man at heart...

The star shared 4 children with his wife, Vanessa Laine Bryant, who wed in April 2001.

But on Sunday, the world woke to tragic news...

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It had been confirmed that Kobe Bryant had tragically died in a helicopter crash on the morning of the 26th of January, 2020. The NBA star's private helicopter crashed in Calabasas, TMZ sports confirmed.

Shortly after the news broke, The city of Calabasas released a statement:

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"With great sadness that we learn of the death of Kobe Bryant and four others in a helicopter crash. The aircraft went down in a remote field off Las Virgenes around 10 am this morning. Nobody on the ground was hurt." However, we later learned that 9 individuals were killed in total - which was everyone on board the helicopter.

The cause of the crash is currently unknown...

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But Kurt Deetz, who has flown helicopters carrying Bryant in the past, told the Los Angeles Times that weather was a more likely cause of the accident than a mechanical issue.

The adverse weather seems to be a likely explanation...

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"The likelihood of a catastrophic twin-engine failure on that aircraft - it just doesn't happen," he said.

This is utterly devastating news...

Kobe leaves behind his wife and their daughters - Natalia and Bianka, and their newborn, Capri.

Bryant's daughter, Gianna, was also on board the helicopter at the time of the crash...

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TMZ Sports reported that Gianna, aged thirteen, also tragically died in the crash.

She was so young...

It is thought that the father and daughter were on their way to the Mamba Academy for basketball practice, nearby Thousand Oaks.

Like her dad, Gianna was a promising basketball star...

And she was set to follow in her Kobe's footsteps - on track to play in the female NBA.

Her death, alongside the 8 others, is a true loss.

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Tributes have been flooding in from all around the world, and the NBA community has been truly impacted by this devastating accident.

But there is a question that a lot of people have been asking...

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And that is why Kobe used helicopters so much.

Kobe was known to often travel by helicopter...

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And the aircraft that the basketball player favored was the Sikorsky Aircraft S-76B, a luxury aircraft used frequently by the rich and famous.

This model was the one that crashed...

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And a video has emerged of Kobe himself discussing the reason as to why he uses this form of transport so frequently.

A few reasons were already known...

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Kobe would travel from his home in Orange County to the Staples Center in LA for games via helicopter, and he would also use the form of transport for vacations and other basketball events.

But it turns out that family was a very big reason...

"Traffic started getting really, really bad," he explained in the video. "I was sitting in traffic and I'd be missing a school play because of traffic, and I had to figure out a way where I could still train [for basketball] and focus on the craft but still not compromise family time."

Kobe's days revolved entirely around his family...

"So that's when I looked into private helicopters," he went on to say. "To be able to get back down in fifteen-minutes, and that's when it started... so my routine was always the same, wake early in the morning, get the kids to school, fly out and practice like crazy, do my extra work and everything I need to do, fly back, and pick the kids up."

Kobe's wife even offered to do the school run on many occasions...

But the dedicated father wanted to be there for his kids. "My wife was like, 'I can pick them up!' And I was like, no! I want to do that! Because you have road trips and that where you don't see your kids... so every chance I get to see them and to spend time with them, even if its twenty-minutes in the car, I want that."

Truly heartbreaking.

Watch the full video for yourselves here. Rest In Peace, Kobe and Gianna.