Kobe Bryant Tribute

Pau Gasol's baby name honors memory of Kobe, Gianna Bryant

Six-time All-Star won two championships alongside the NBA legend in 2009-10

Pau Gasol and his wife, Cat McDonnell, announced the arrival of a baby girl on Sunday in a post on Instagram:

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, who played alongside Kobe Bryant for seven seasons in L.A. apparently picked Gianna to honor the memory of his late teammate and friend, along with that of Kobe’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, who died alongside him in a January helicopter crash that claimed the lives of 7 other victims.

Vanessa Bryant, Kobe’s widow, replied: “Love you 3!!! Congratulations!! ❤️”