Viewpoint: We lost two powerful WNBA allies in the Bryants

The heart-pummeling tragedies are too many to count from the helicopter that crashed Jan. 26 in the hills west of southern California’s San Fernando Valley, some 13 miles short of its destination.

There was the sudden loss of multiple family members — moms, dads, daughters, spouses and siblings — nine people in barely nine minutes from the pilot’s final dispatch. Girls’ lives cut short before they could enter high school. The demise of a sports giant in Kobe Bryant, just as he was cementing a second career that could have changed the lives of entrepreneurs, retailers and filmmakers alike. And the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, destined to be a future WNBA star in her own right — and likely a powerful voice for the league in its fight for equality in pay and prestige.

Gianna was clearly following in her father’s enormous professional footsteps with a talent beyond her years. And while she wouldn’t have been the first progeny of a pro NBA player to land in the…

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