He spoke about how Los Angeles traffic made it difficult to make it to his children’s various activities. He said the challenge began to be too much when the events he missed due to traffic started “mounting.”
He said he started using a helicopter before he retired from the Lakers in 2016. With advent of the quick travel option, Bryant said he could get up in the morning to see his children off, train for games with weights during the day, handle media requests and still make it back to his daughters’ school.
"Traffic started getting really bad. I had to figure out a way where I could still train and still focus on the craft but still not compromise family time. That's when I looked into helicopters — to be able to get down and back in 15 minutes." — Kobe Bryant, in a 2018 interview
Bryant had been married to his wife Vanessa for about 20 years. The couple raised four children together: Natalia, Gianna, Bianka and Capri.
Since Bryant had to travel several weeks out of the year, being able to get to his children’s activities and school was priority. His wife told him she could carry the load of school pickup when he was in town, but Bryant said those short car rides were significant for him.
“You have road trips and time where you don’t see your kids, man,” he said during the interview. “So, every time I get to see them and spend time with them — even if it’s just 20 minutes in the car, I want that.”
Watch the full interview with Bryant here: