Pau Gasol, the Spanish professional basketball player who last played for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, recently honored his special bond with the family of beloved friend and former teammate Kobe Bryant. Gasol and his wife Cat McDonnell named their first child after the fallen NBA legends’ daughter, Gianna Bryant, who also passed away with Kobe this year on January 26th. The cause of both of their deaths were injuries sustained from a fatal helicopter crash in Southern California.
"Our little one has finally arrived!! The delivery went really well and we couldn't be happier," Gasol, 40, announced on Instagram alongside two family photos. "Elisabet Gianna Gasol, a very meaningful name for our super beautiful daughter!!"
The 31-year-old and new mommy Cat McDonnell shared on her timeline that their new bundle of joy was born on September 10th.
"She made a quick and easy entrance on a VERY special day, her great-grandmother Elizabeth's 100th birthday and her mom and dad's 2nd engagement anniversary," she captioned her post. "We are already so in love with our sweet Ellie!!"
Kobe Bryant’s wife, Vanessa replied to the sweet sentiments saying "Love you 3," and "Congratulations."
Vanessa, who is baby Elisabet’s godmother, also celebrated the happy news on her social media outlets, by expressing her excitement for the arrival of her goddaughter.
"My goddaughter is here!!!! Congratulations @paugasol @catmcdonnell7 Love you 3 so much! So touched by your request to honor my Gigi," Bryant wrote to her 13.6 million followers. "Can't wait to hold Elisabet Gianna Gasol."
Kobe’s oldest daughter, Natalia Bryant also shared her admiration online via her Instagram Story with the caption, "Forever God Sisters."
Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol won multiple championships together as Los Angeles Lakers. During that time, Bryant and Gasol formed a special friendship, according to Today.com. In addition, their brotherhood went beyond just being teammates, often referring to one another as “brothers”
Since Kobe and Gianna’s sudden passing, Gasol and his wife and kept close contact to Vanessa and her remaining children, continuously reminding them that they’re family.
Last month, Vanessa Bryant and Gasol both posted on social media while the two families spent some time together out on the water in California.
"My wife, my future baby, my sister and my nieces. So much beauty in one picture," Gasol captioned a photo of Bryant, her three girls and McDonnell, adding the hashtag #family.