Kobe Bryant’s daughter Gianna’s No. 2 jersey retired after deadly helicopter crash

first_img Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAllen Berezovsky/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The No. 2 jersey of Gianna Bryant, the 13-year-old daughter of NBA legend Kobe Bryant who died along with him and seven others in a helicopter crash last month, has been retired. Gianna’s mom, Vanessa Bryant, posted several tributes to her daughter on Instagram and shared vidoes of the retirement ceremony at Harbor Day School in Corona Del Mar, California, the private school that Gianna attended.“My Gianna. God I miss you. I’ve been so lucky to have woken up to see your gorgeous face and amazing smile for 13 years,” Vanessa Bryant wrote in one post. “Wish it would’ve been until my last breath. Mommy loves you to the moon and back. Infinity plus 1. #2 #Mambacita #GigiBryant” “My Gigi. I love you! I miss you. You’ve taught us all that no act of kindness is ever too small. Mommy is still and will ALWAYS be so proud of you mamacita,” she wrote in another post that showed Gigi’s No. 2 jersey displayed in a frame on her school’s basketball court.Gianna was a basketball standout who was following in the footsteps of her dad, who retired in 2016 after a 20-year career and five NBA Championships with the Los Angeles Lakers. The 13-year-old, known as Gigi, earned the nickname “Mambacita” because of her tenacity on the basketball court, like her famous dad whose nickname was “Mamba.”The father and daughter were on their way to a basketball game at Kobe Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California, on Jan. 26 when their helicopter crashed on a hillside in Calabasas, California. The Bryants, six other passengers — including two of Gianna’s teammates — and the helicopter pilot were all killed in the crash. One of the other passengers, Christina Mauser, assisted Kobe Bryant in coaching Gigi’s Mamba team and was also a former teacher, coach and parent at Harbor Day School.The school’s jersey retirement ceremony for Gianna featured remembrances from her coaches, teachers and teammates, including members of her eighth grade basketball team.Gianna’s former Harbor Day basketball coach described her as “a warrior who gave 110% every time she stepped on the court” and “one of the fiercest competitors” he’s seen in his 20-year coaching career. “She had that Mamba mentality,” the coach said in a video shared by Vanessa Bryant. “No matter who we were playing, she was going to force her will and help us find a way to win.”In another video, Gianna’s former literature teacher described the “wonder and joy that Gianna brought to our lives.” He said he and Gianna’s classmates compiled a collection of 44 stories about Gigi because at Harbor Day she was “more than Mambacita or heir to a basketball birthright, she was more than a sister or daughter.”Gianna’s music teacher spoke of her late student as “our example.” “When we take roll, we call her name and I hear 40-plus kids say ‘here’ in honor of her because she is always with us,” said the teacher. “Let’s be better because of her. She was our example. Let’s be better on the playground. Let’s be better to your neighbors, to your friends, to your moms, to your dads, because she set a beautiful example.” Gianna is survived by her mom and three sisters.Vanessa Bryant also shared a tribute Wednesday to Kobe Bryant, her husband of nearly 20 years. “#mybestfriend #theBestdaddy Miss you so much. #handsome #sweet #funny #silly #lovinghusband Miss you saying, “Bonjourno principessa/reina,” she captioned a photo of a smiling Kobe.Kobe Bryant started coaching Gianna’s basketball team when he retired in 2016. Gianna reportedly wanted to attend the University of Connecticut, and even got a chance to meet with the school’s women’s basketball team when they made a visit to Los Angeles in 2017. The team paid tribute to Gianna at a game last month, writing on social media, “Mambacita is forever a Husky.”Kobe Bryant has been described as a proud dad who would talk about how Gianna had the talent to take on his basketball legacy.“The best thing that happens is when we go out and fans will come up to me, and she’ll be standing next to me. And they’ll be like, ‘Hey, you gotta have a boy. You and V gotta have a boy, man, have somebody carry on your tradition, the legacy,’” Bryant told Jimmy Kimmel last year. “And she’s like, ‘Oy, I got this. You don’t need no boy for that. I got this.’ And I’m like, ‘That’s right. Yes, you do. You got this.’”Music star Jay-Z recalled this week that one of the last things Kobe Bryant said to him was about Gianna. “He was last in my house on New Year’s,” Jay-Z said Tuesday during a lecture series at Columbia University. “And one of the last things he said to me was, ‘You gotta see Gianna play basketball.’” The Bryant family will continue to celebrate Gianna and Kobe thanks to the overwhelming tribute that grew at the Staples Center after their deaths, the president of the Staples Center told The Los Angeles Times.“Vanessa had reached out to us and said, ‘Our family would like the items out there.’ So we’re going to catalog every one of them,” Lee Zeidman told the news outlet. “By that I mean, T-shirts, letters, basketballs, stuffed animals, toys. We’re going to put those in specially made containers and we’re going to ship them to the family.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. 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Dweezil Zappa Says His Mother Is To Blame For The Zappa Family’s Feud

first_imgThe Zappa Family Trust has become the center of speculation between family members, as they do their best to hash out the musical belongings of their late father in a way that is legally sound. When Frank Zappa’s widow Gail Zappa passed away last year, control of the Family Trust went to two of Zappa’s four children, Ahmet and Diva Zappa, while the other two, Dweezil and Moon Unit, remained beneficiaries. This created a despicable tension between family members that is now under scrutiny of the public eye.The terms of the Family Trust have specifically involved Dweezil Zappa, who both uses his father’s name in his touring band and plays his music regularly. Evidently, last week the Zappa Family Trust informed Dweezil that he did not have the rights to use the name Zappa Plays Zappa, as the last name is a trademark owned by the trust, so he responded by changing the band’s name to Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa.His brother Ahmet responded with an open letter to dispute that claim, among several others made about the Zappa Family Trust, saying, “Your tours help keep Frank’s name alive, just like the work Gail and I have done through the ZFT.” Ahmet’s letter also goes on to say that Dweezil has rejected the plans for a family meeting for quite some time, saying he doesn’t have time in his schedule unless his lawyers are present. In an interview that ran around the same time as Ahmet’s letter, Dweezil explains the situation to the Boston Globe, saying, “I know people are sad and angry. They can’t understand why it’s happening….But for me, I’ve been going through this for a long time, so it’s not a completely raw nerve.” He goes on to say that it was, in fact, his mother Gail, that “began creating the obstacles” by charging him a fee to use his band name, Zappa Plays Zappa. “And it wasn’t a small amount of money.” He also mentions that his mother repossessed fourteen guitars that were left to him by his father, and that his siblings are planning to auction them off. While the Boston Globe interview was not in response to the letter, it certainly sheds some light on the background of this situation. “This whole thing is unfortunate…I’ve been doing Zappa Plays Zappa for 10 years because I want people to experience my dad’s music, to have the opportunity to hear it performed live,” explains Dweezil. “For people to believe what Gail was doing, as far as protecting and nurturing Frank’s legacy, it turns out to be quite a different story.” He plans to eventually lay out his side of the story in an online post, which we will share when it becomes available.Dweezil Zappa is playing with his band at the Brighton Music Hall in Allston, MA, this Saturday, May 7. Whether as Zappa Plays Zappa or Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa, we hope you’ll enjoy the show.[via Boston Globe]last_img read more

Wellington landfill to be closed Monday

first_imgSumner Newscow reporter — Due to Labor Day on Monday ~ September 7, the Wellington landfill will be closed on Monday. Monday’s commercial refuse collection will occur on Tuesday, September 8. Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more