This past Monday, fittingly on 2/24, a memorial service was held in Los Angeles to honor the late Kobe and Gianna Bryant, who, along with seven other people, passed away in a helicopter accident in late January.
UConn head coach Geno Auriemma, who has grown close to the Bryant family, spoke at the service, and he explained to SNY what he wanted his main message about Kobe and Gianna to be.
"I think sometimes when you're dealing with sports, we have tunnel vision and all we see is what we're allowed to see," said Auriemma. "So we see Kobe in his Lakers uniform and we see him as a bigger-than-life figure that we all look at, celebrities like Kobe. And we see Gigi as a basketball player because that's all everybody ever talked about publicly, that she's a basketball player who wants to play at UConn and she's Kobe's daughter, and the WNBA and what Kobe's going to do for women's basketball because of his connection with Gigi and how much he loves the game and how much he loves the women that play the game.
"So my thing was, what about the other side of that, because there's always another side and that side rarely gets mentioned."