Kobe's longtime Lakers teammate Pau Gasol names new baby girl 'Gianna' after Bryant's daughter who perished with him

KOBE'S longtime Lakers teammate Pau Gasol has named his new baby girl 'Gianna' after Bryant's daughter who perished alongside her father.

Pau welcomed his first child with wife Catherine on Sunday, with the couple announcing they named the little girl 'Elisabet Gianna Gasol' as a tribute to the late NBA legend.

The former Laker broke the news alongside a cute snap of the new family-of-three.

"Our little one has finally arrived!!" he told fans over Twitter Sunday.

"The delivery went really well and we couldn’t be happier!! Elisabet Gianna Gasol, a very meaningful name for our super beautiful daughter!!"


Pau also included the hashtag 'girldad' – a reference to what Kobe has become known as in the wake of his death.

The new dad broke the news in both Spanish and English alongside a shot of him and Catherine McDonnell holding Elisabet's little hand.

Another adorable snap showed Elisabet clutching to her mom and dad's hands.

Pau was Kobe's teammate through some crucial championship runs in the late 2000s.

He remained on the Lakers through 2014, so he knew Kobe and his family well.

Fans flocked online to congratulate the couple.

"Paul is the definition of a father and a Brother! Her middle name… he kept his word," one wrote.

"Congratulations. Not only are you a great player, but you are an even better person, friend, husband and dad for sure," another said.

Kobe and Gianna died, along with seven others, in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, last January.

Heartbreaking pictures have also emerged showing Kobe coaching his daughter Gianna at a youth basketball session a day before they died in a helicopter crash.


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