One of Kobe Bryant’s last requests before his untimely death last month will be honored by baseball agent Scott Boras, according to Sports Illustrated.
Bryant had sent a text message on the morning of his death to Los Angeles Lakers general manager, Rob Pelinka, inquiring if he knew a baseball agent. The retired basketball legend wanted to help secure an internship with an agent for a friend’s daughter. That friend, John Altobelli, was the coach of the Orange Coast College baseball team in California. Unfortunately, Altobelli, his wife, Keri, and their daughter, Alyssa, died on the same flight as Bryant and his daughter, Gianna.
“Kobe’s last human act was heroic,” Pelinka told the crowd of 20,000 mourners at Bryant’s memorial at Staples Center earlier this week. “He wanted to use his platform to bless and shape a young girl’s future.”
Boras told Dylan Hernandez of The Los Angeles Times that he plans to offer 16-year-old Alexis Altobelli an internship at his sports agency. Bryant was seeking to be a character reference for Alexis before the helicopter crash.
Boras told The Los Angeles Times that he had reached out to the Altobelli family to invite John and Alexis to tour his office and discuss the internship for her. He plans on creating a position for her to rotate through the departments at Boras Corp., including marketing, baseball operations, sports science, and office administration.
Bryant played his whole 20-year NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was a five-time NBA champion, a two-time Finals MVP, and the 2008 Most Valuable Player. During his career, Bryant made the All-Star team 18 times and became the youngest player to ever reach 30,000 points. He retired from the NBA in 2016, scoring an NBA-season high 60 points in his final game.