Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people died Jan. 26 when the helicopter they were flying in crashed in Calabasas, Calif.

On Saturday, the former president also participated in a panel discussion alongside players Chris Paul, Kevin Love, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and ESPN’s Mike Wilbon.

“Barack Obama reflected on his last convo with Kobe and Vanessa Bryant,” ESPN reporter Marc J. Spears tweeted, “saying the late Lakers star told him he didn’t miss basketball because he was focused on being great off the court.”


The 18-time All-Star and five-time NBA champion won his last two NBA titles in 2009 and 2010 – the first two years Obama was in the White House.