She was destined not only to follow her father's legacy, but make her own.

Today, Gianna "Gigi" Bryant should be turning 14 years old and be celebrating by training with her dad, Kobe Bryant.

After all, the rising basketball star was dedicated to the game, and no doubt would be continuing to practice the fadeaway shot she was already being praised for learning so early on.

Instead, today the world is still mourning her loss, along with the loss of her father and seven others following a helicopter crash in January this year.

Everyone knew of Kobe's legacy, but many also knew how proud the five-time NBA champion was of his second eldest daughter who was quickly proving she had earned her Mambacita nickname with her promising future in sports.

The young teen was already planning on becoming a Husky, hoping to play for the renowned UConn women's basketball team, although plenty of other players such as former UCLA star Reggie Miller would beg her father to convince her to consider their schools as well.

Anyone who followed sports knew we were watching the birth of a future WNBA star whenever she hit the court, and some of Gianna's favorite players like Gabby Williams knew she was talented beyond her years.

It was heartbreaking for the world to see the loss of a daughter and sister, but for fans of the game it was also difficult to see the loss of someone who was both following her father's footsteps while forging her own path.

Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant, 2016

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In honor of Gigi's birthday, we are looking back at her life in photos.

From seeing her courtside at her father's championship-winning games to seeing her own the court herself, Gianna was a force to be reckoned with.

So, here is to the girl who dominated in the No. 2 jersey.

Rest in power, Mambacita.

Gianna Bryant

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Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant

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Gianna Bryant, Hailey Van Lith

Gianna Bryant

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Gianna Bryant, Kobe Bryant

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Gianna Bryant, Kobe Bryant, Super Bowl Memorial

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Gianna Bryant Memorial, Kobe Bryant, UConn

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Gianna Bryant

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Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant, 2009 NBA Championship

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