Daddy dearest: The coolest dads in sports (AP File Photo)

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KOBE BRYANT

Why is he cool: Despite his mean, lean, scoring machine demeanour on the basketball court, Kobe Bryant is actually a very loving father to his two daughters, Natalia Diamante and Gianna Maria-Onore. Both Natalia and Gianna are always at courtside to watch daddy play, and Bryant would usually bring them along to practice and press conferences, and he would make it a point to bring his kids to Disneyland during the off-season every year. In fact, Bryant asked Nike to design one of his signature shoes with diamond-shaped cut-outs to pay homage to little Diamante. That is just too sweet.

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