This year has been one of the worst in recent memory filled with more tragic losses than we can count. One loss that still doesn’t seem real is the passing of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna Bryant. They both lost their lives in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California at the top of the year. Since then, many NBA players have paid tribute to them both on and off the court. Now, according to reports from TMZ, Kobe’s close friend and former teammate Pau Gasol paid tribute to his fallen friend in the most precious way possible.
Kobe Bryant’s former teammate, Pau Gasol, just paid perhaps the greatest tribute to him and his late daughter, Gianna Bryant, by bestowing her name onto his own flesh and blood.
The former Laker announced the birth of his and his wife’s first child — a girl that they’ve named after Gigi. He also made sure to reference what Kobe has become known as in the wake of his death … an awesome girl dad.
Elisabet Gianna Gasol is a gorgeous name with one of the most heartfelt meanings possible. Every single day, Pau continues to make Kobe proud, especially attaching a small piece of him to the start of his #GirlDad journey.
“Our little one has finally arrived!! The delivery went really well and we couldn’t be happier!! Elisabet Gianna Gasol, a very meaningful name for our super beautiful daughter!! #girldad,” Gasol captioned the sweet photo.
Kobe’s wife, Vanessa also celebrated the new addition to the family on Instagram:
“My goddaughter is here!!!!”, she commented excitedly under the post.
Gasol responded with, “We love you sis! You’re going to be the best Godmother to our Ellie Gianna.”
Bryant and Gasol formed a close relationship in Los Angeles during his time with the Lakers from 2008 to 2014. The Allstar duo won two NBA championships together in 2009 and 2010. Gasol remained close with the Byrant family, even after his departure from The Lakers.
In an interview with ESPN’s Omar Raja in May, Gasol spoke of the impact Kobe had on his life:
“We had a tremendous connection, it’s quite evident.”
“He’ll be always present with me and with all of us, in certain degrees and different ways.”