Kobe Bryant's ex team-mate Pau Gasol names newborn after Gianna Bryant

Ex-Lakers star Pau Gasol announces birth of daughter, who’s named after Gianna Bryant

Gasol has remained close to Bryant's family.

Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among nine people who died in a helicopter crash in January. They gave their daughter the middle name Gianna in honor of the late Kobe Bryant's daughter, who died alongside the National Basketball Association legend January 26.

Gasol announced the birth of his first child on Sunday, highlighting her "very meaningful name", and including the hashtag #girldad as a reference to his former teammate. The NBA community was shocked at the news, wondering if it was even true at the time.

Kobe called himself a "Girl Dad", as he was the father of four girls. In what has to be one of the classiest moves by any professional athlete, the power forward took the opportunity to honor Kobe and his late daughter with the name selected.

The newest addition to the Gasol family was born on September 10, which is a very special day for Pau and his wife as McDonnell revealed in her Instagram post.

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Pau and Catherine tied the knot in July 2019 and announced their pregnancy in the following year.

And now in his immediate future, Gasol will be focusing on his family.

"We had a tremendous connection, it's quite evident", Gasol told ESPN's Omar Raja in May, when speaking about Bryant.

He shared a video tribute to Bryant on his birthday, August 23, with the caption, 'Happy birthday brother Kobe taught us to be better.

"My goddaughter is here", Kobe's wife, Vanessa, wrote on Instagram.

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