Twitch star Adept mourned the death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant during a January 27 broadcast where she shared the story of how she met the future Hall of Famer in person.
According to Adept, nearly one year ago, Kobe was at her sister’s basketball game to check out a high school play with his daughter. Adept, being a big fan of the athlete, orchestrated a plan with her sister to distract a security guard so she could ask him to sign her shoes.
“You need to get in there. This is our plan and we have to do it,” the Twitch star recalled saying. After her sister agreed, the streamer noted that this wasn’t something that her sibling would normally have gone along with.
“My sister is kind of timid and always wants to look cool. But this was just such a lifetime opportunity,” she explained. “I pretend like I’m walking up first and the security guard stops me and my sister goes in behind her. And she goes ‘Kobe, can you please sign my shoes?’”
After the athlete got a look at Adept’s sister, he saw the school that she played basketball for and realized he had just watched her game.
“Of course,” Kobe told her, according to the Twitch streamer. “Good job today,” he added after signing her shoes.
Then, once Adept was able to walk up to Kobe, she told him how much of an influence he had on her life.
“I just wanted to tell you: thank you, from the bottom of my heart for being such an inspiration,” she mournfully remembered, though stressed that her memory was a bit foggy. “I think I said for being an important part of my childhood.”
According to the streamer, the former LA Lakers star just looked at her and smiled before thanking her for the kind words.
“He was so calm and chill,” she added. “That man and his daughter’s smile were so big and so bright.”
Kobe Bryant was killed in a fatal helicopter crash on January 26 while traveling with his daughter, Gianna Maria and seven other passengers.
As the sports community mourns his passing, it’s important to remember the joy he brought many, such as Adept and her sister.