Basketball legend Kobe Bryant had been traveling by private helicopter for years before his tragic death with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others on Sunday on their way to a travel basketball game.
Reports say that was how he moved around from his home in Orange County to the Lakers’ games and practices in Los Angeles in order to avoid the notorious traffic in the city.
In a 2018 interview with Barstool Sports, presently making the round on the internet, he gave reasons why he chose to move around by helicopter – his family he said, and the need to be available for them at the point of need.
He said it was a transportation method that helped him spend more time with his family.
In the interview Kobe detailed why he chose to travel by helicopter, explaining that the time saved enabled him to be around his wife and daughters more often — something he valued during the grind of a travel-heavy NBA season.
“But then, traffic started getting really, really bad, right? And I was sitting in traffic and I wind up missing like a school play because I was sitting in traffic. This thing just kept mounting.
“I had to figure out a way where I could still train and focus on the craft but still not compromise family time. So that’s when I looked into helicopters and be able to get down and back in 15 minutes.
“And that’s when it started. And so my routine was always the same. Weights early in the morning, kids to school, fly down, practice like crazy, do my extra work, media, everything I needed to do, fly back, get back in carpool line, pick the kids up. And my wife was like, ‘Listen, I can pick them up.’ I’m like, ‘No, no, no. I want to do that.’ Because like you have road trips and times where you don’t see your kids, man.
“So every chance I get to see them and spend time with them — even if it’s 20 minutes in your car — like, I want that.”