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MavsFanFinley
01-20-2003, 10:20 PM
Kobe Bryant's wife gives birth to couple's first child

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer
January 20, 2003

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kobe Bryant had to go back to work Monday night when the Lakers hosted the Los Angeles Clippers barely 24 hours after he became a father for the first time.

``I'm excited to play basketball, but to be honest, I really didn't want to leave,'' he said. ``I did not want to take my eyes off her and my wife.''

Bryant's wife, Vanessa, gave birth to Natalia Diamante Bryant at 3:08 p.m. Sunday, Lakers spokesman John Black said.

The baby weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 19 1/2 inches long, Black said.

``She looks just like Vanessa, thank God. She has a head full of hair just like her momma,'' said Bryant, who missed practice Sunday.

Bryant said the process of driving his wife to the hospital after labor pains began was ``the ultimate pressure situation.''

``I told Vanessa after Natalia was here it felt like I just played two back-to-back Game 7s in the NBA Finals, but the only thing was I didn't play,'' Bryant said. ``I was on the bench waving the towel. She was in there playing and hitting all the big baskets.''

Bryant was with his wife during the birth and cut the baby's umbilical cord. ``I didn't pass out,'' he said.

``It went by so fast. We documented everything, so we have sound and pictures,'' he said. ``One day we can show her all the photographs and all the memories.''

The baby arrived the same week the Bryants are moving.

``Natalia jumped the gun on us a little bit,'' he said. ``I still have to go home tomorrow, pack all the boxes after practice and take them up to the new house and then go back and tape some more boxes and take them up to the house.''

Lakers coach Phil Jackson joked that Bryant should get some earplugs, then offered the 24-year-old some advice.

``Get up and change the baby's diaper and stay up and help the mother and feed the baby in the night. That's the most important thing you can do as the father,'' said Jackson, who has five children.

Teammate Shaquille O'Neal, already a father with another child on the way, had some suggestions, too.

``With kids you've got to hold them, rub their heads, stand there through all their pain,'' he said. ``But Kobe's a tough guy, he'll be fine.''

Drbio
01-20-2003, 10:46 PM
Did it look like Shaq?

irontoad
01-20-2003, 10:51 PM
LOL Doc.

grbh
01-20-2003, 10:53 PM
I heard Kobe's daughter went to the sideline clutching her arm. It appeared to be a career threatening injury. Courageously she was back nursing within 15 minutes.

MavsFanFinley
01-21-2003, 12:00 AM
<< Did it look like Shaq? >>



Damn, that's funny.

Doc, you're so bad. i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif

i.liek.basketball
01-21-2003, 12:01 AM
lol grbh, reguardless... im happy for the guy and his wife

MFFL
01-21-2003, 09:11 AM
good shots from both grbh and doc.

kg_veteran
01-21-2003, 04:49 PM
grbh, Doc - Great stuff.

senorfrog
01-21-2003, 04:54 PM
Great. Now she has to deal with two crybabies in the house.

TripleDipping
01-21-2003, 05:02 PM
I'm sure all of us here dislike Kobe and the Lakers in general... but let's not resort to verbally attack a child.

Drbio
01-21-2003, 05:06 PM
good grief.....

senorfrog
01-21-2003, 05:19 PM
<< I'm sure all of us here dislike Kobe and the Lakers in general... but let's not resort to verbally attack a child. >>



Sarcasm...hopefully?

TripleDipping
01-21-2003, 05:32 PM
<<

<< I'm sure all of us here dislike Kobe and the Lakers in general... but let's not resort to verbally attack a child. >>



Sarcasm...hopefully? >>



I just thought that when someone asked if the baby looks like Shaq is a little overboard. Otherwise other sarcasm is fair game I guess. i/expressions/face-icon-small-confused.gif

senorfrog
01-21-2003, 05:34 PM
Nah. You're kiddingi/expressions/face-icon-small-confused.gif

TripleDipping
01-21-2003, 05:38 PM
Of course I reserve my right to retract my opinion if Kobe starts flashing those ridiculous hand-signs during games ala Doug Christie. i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif

WayOutWest
01-22-2003, 12:01 PM
I wonder if the same 2nd thought popped into Kobe's head that popped into mine as my first born baby girl came into this world? &quot;Dam! That -thing- is ruined NOW!&quot;