A young fan may have captured one among the last photos of basketball legend Kobe Bryant when he clicked a selfie with him at his Mamba Sports Academy in California. Thirteen-year-old Brady Smigiel was playing during a tournament at the academy, where Bryant – who owned the academy – was present also , coaching his daughter Gianna’s team. When Brady ask Bryant for a photograph, he didn’t immediately click one as Gianna’s team had lost their match.
“Kobe gave him knuckles, and Brady said, ‘he wasn’t within the mood to speak because they lost’,” Brady’s mother, Dionne Smigiel, was quoted as saying by the NY Post.
But Brady, a great fan of the NBA superstar, quickly clicked a selfie as Bryant walked past him.
Brady waited until Gianna’s second game of the day ended and waited outside for Bryant and his daughter to steer out, his mother said.
When he asked Bryant for a photograph for the second time, he asked Brady if he’s playing within the tournament and when he responded in the affirmative, he told him that they will get a far better picture the subsequent day.
But it was’t meant to be.
Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna died when the helicopter they were in slammed into a rugged hillside in thick fog in Calabasas, northwest of LA on Sunday. The crash also killed seven others.
Uploading the selfie Brady had taken on Facebook, Dionne Smigiel wrote “This was yesterday. He told Brady ‘we will take a far better pic tomorrow’. I just can’t believe it. I saw the crash on a Malibu News station and said “sure hope that wasn’t Kobe”. Freaky i assumed it had been him and it had been .”
The helicopter was, in fact, headed to the Mamba Sports Academy for Gianna’s game when the horrific crash happened.