These 2-year-old twins are named Kobe and Bryant

People all over the world are mourning the death of Kobe Bryant, including an Albuquerque couple who say they are reminded of him every time they look at their kids.Amalia Martinez has been a Los Angeles Lakers fan since she was little.”Being a young Lakers fan, I remember watching games with my dad. I played basketball in middle school and high school and you know, you find your hero,” Martinez said.Her hero is Kobe Bryant. When Martinez met her wife, Kristina, she quickly convinced her to become a Lakers fan too. They met in 2012, married in 2016 and had twins — a boy and a girl — through in vitro fertilization in 2018.”I wanted them to feel greatness,” Amalia Martinez said.She said that started with their names.”We did the right thing,” said Amalia Martinez. “Honestly, that is who they are. I can’t imagine calling them by any other name,” said Kristina Martinez.The 2-year-olds are named Kobe and Bryant.”I say they are Mamba (the nickname Bryant gave himself) because they were named after a great man,” Amalia Martinez said. Sunday’s news of Bryant’s death hit the family hard. Millions of people realized at that moment they’d lost their hero.”It was tough. You grow up thinking somebody is invincible to find out they’re not,” Amalia Martinez said. “We took a blow, but we have reminders every day and now we teach them to be great.”That’s what the Mamba mentality is all about.”I look forward to the day that they ask me,” Amalia Martinez said.

People all over the world are mourning the death of Kobe Bryant, including an Albuquerque couple who say they are reminded of him every time they look at their kids.

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Amalia Martinez has been a Los Angeles Lakers fan since she was little.

“Being a young Lakers fan, I remember watching games with my dad. I played basketball in middle school and high school and you know, you find your hero,” Martinez said.

Her hero is Kobe Bryant. When Martinez met her wife, Kristina, she quickly convinced her to become a Lakers fan too.

They met in 2012, married in 2016 and had twins — a boy and a girl — through in vitro fertilization in 2018.

“I wanted them to feel greatness,” Amalia Martinez said.

She said that started with their names.

“We did the right thing,” said Amalia Martinez.

“Honestly, that is who they are. I can’t imagine calling them by any other name,” said Kristina Martinez.

The 2-year-olds are named Kobe and Bryant.

“I say they are Mamba (the nickname Bryant gave himself) because they were named after a great man,” Amalia Martinez said.

Sunday’s news of Bryant’s death hit the family hard. Millions of people realized at that moment they’d lost their hero.

“It was tough. You grow up thinking somebody is invincible to find out they’re not,” Amalia Martinez said. “We took a blow, but we have reminders every day and now we teach them to be great.”

That’s what the Mamba mentality is all about.

“I look forward to the day that they ask me,” Amalia Martinez said.