Kobe Bryant and his daughters tragic death still feel fresh in their family, friends, and fan's lives, so one close friend honored both Kobe and Gianna in an incredibly touching way. Spanish NBA player Pau Gasol has just announced the birth of his baby girl and named her in honor of his late friend's family. Vanessa Bryant even has a special role in the newborns life as well.

Pau Gasol Names Baby Girl After Gianna Bryant

NBA star Pau Gasol was always close friends with Kobe Bryant, when they were teammates on the Lakers or even when they were competing against each other, the two were very close. Kobe was even seen supporting Pau at games that Kobe was not a part of, and his death was a crushing blow to Pau. Now Pau has just announced the birth of his daughter with Catherine McDonnell and named her in a special way.

Pau posted a photo of his new little family saying in Spanish, "Out 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." Kobe's widow Vanessa Bryant posted to her own Instagram saying "My goddaughter is here!!!! Congratulations @paugasol @catmcdonnell7 Love you 3 so much! So touched by your request to honor my Gigi. Can't wait to hold Elisabet Gianna Gasol."

Natalia Bryant, Kobe, and Vanessa's older daughter also shared the new family photo with the caption "Forever God Sisters." The Bryant and Gasol family are clearly continuing Kobe and Gianna's love in a heartfelt way. Congratulations, Pau and Catherine! Elisabet Gianna has come into the world already surrounded by love. 

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