Kobe Bryant Tribute from his last All Star. Toronto 2016. The interview in Italian with English subtitles proves the love Kobe had for Italy. “You know my heart will always be in Italy” he said. Kobe grew up in the Belpaese and learned basketball fundamentals there. He said Reggio Emilia, the Italian town where he lived last before moving to the US, is the dearest Italian city to his heart. Helping young Italian players was one of Kobe’s goals. The Black Mamba’s future? What did Kobe envision for the Mamba?