“Blonde or Brunette?” Pau Gasol Couldn’t Believe His Eyes First Time He Saw Kobe Bryant

Published 12/26/2021, 5:30 PM EST
(Orlando, Florida – Sunday, June 14, 2009) Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant share a warm embrace at center court as they realize victory is certain over the Magic in game five of the NBA Finals at Amway Arena. (Photo by Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


Many regard Kobe Bryant as one of the greatest players of all time. However, NBA championships are never won alone and Kobe had some talented teammates with him during his career. During his early days in the NBA, he played alongside Shaquille O’Neal and later he found his partner in Pau Gasol.

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Kobe and Pau Gasol spent over six seasons alongside each other. During those six seasons, they helped the Lakers in winning two championships. The Lakers became a dominant force during the late 2000s and won two back-to-back championships.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA APRIL 28, 2013-Lakers Kobe Bryant consoles Pau Gasol late in the 4th quarter against the Spurs in Game 4 of the NBA Playoffs at the Staples Center Sunday. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

It wasn’t easy to play alongside Kobe because he was very demanding of his teammates. However, Gasol hit the ground running from the start and formed one of the best duos in the NBA with Kobe. Gasol’s trainer has revealed how the Spaniard reacted when he saw Kobe for the very first time.

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Pau Gasol’s trainer explains his reaction when he saw Kobe Bryant for the first time

Pau Gasol’s documentary ‘Pau Gasol: It’s About the Journey‘ has recently been released on Amazon Prime. In the first episode of Gasol’s documentary, his trainer revealed how Pau reacted after seeing Kobe Bryant for the first time.

“We were staying at the Juan Carlos hotel, which was the place where we trained when in Barcelona,” Gasol’s trainer said in the documentary.

Lakers Kobe Bryant celebrates with teamate Pau Gasol while defeating the Thunder in overtime at the Staples Center Sunday. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

“And there we were, just going about our business, when a good-looking woman appeared, ‘I just saw a Michael Jordan.’ He was there doing a set of chest exercises and I said, ‘Pau, Kobe Bryant!’ And he asked, ‘Blonde or Brunette.’ I said, ‘Kobe Bryant!!’ ‘Pepe, are you drunk man, I’m asking you.'”

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It was a crazy reaction from Gasol.

He used to play for FC Barcelona Basquet at that time. He spent three years with the Catalan basketball club and left the Spanish Liga for the NBA in 2001. After seven seasons with the Grizzlies, who drafted him, he joined the Lakers in 2008. Pau won two NBA championships in LA alongside Kobe. He then ended his career in Spain with his boyhood club, Barcelona.

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It wasn’t easy to play for the Lakers at that time as a season without the championship used to be a failure. It wasn’t easy to play alongside Kobe as well. However, Pau managed to settle in fast and became one of the few NBA players at that time who were close to the ‘Black Mamba’.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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