“He was just in the greatest space that I’ve seen him in.”– JAY Z
Jay-Z has openly expressed his feelings in the wake of the death of former basketball star, Kobe Bryant. Speaking during the inaugural Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter Lecture Series at Columbia University, the father of three shared that he and Kobe had developed a deep friendship over the years and their last encounter occurred over the holidays at his and Beyoncé‘s New Year’s party.
EOnline reports that Jay Z said he remembered Kobe gushing over his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant, who was among the nine victims of the accident.
“He was just in the greatest space that I’ve seen him in. And…one of the last things he said to me was, ‘You gotta see Gianna play basketball.’ And that was one of the most hurtful things because he was so proud.”
“The look on his face was like…I looked at him and said, ‘Oh, she’s going to be the best female basketball player in the world,'” he continued. “He was just so proud of what he said.”