Women’s basketball has been on the upswing as of late, and Kobe Bryant is here for it.

Bryant is all about raising awareness around women’s basketball, especially with young girls. In fact, the 18-time NBA All-Star regularly brings his daughter, Gianna, to women’s basketball events, from the University of Connecticut Women’s basketball senior night this spring, to the WNBA All-Star Game this weekend in Las Vegas.

And the reasoning behind his support for women’s basketball is simple.

“It’s important for (young girls) to see great basketball,” he told ESPN’s Holly Rowe at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday. “And also for the women’s game in general, it’s important to raise awareness about it and have more women out there playing the game. … It’s the future.”

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