Pau Gasol on What Kobe Bryant Would Say if He Was Alive: “It’s Not the Time to Cry. I Hope He Understands It’s Not So Easy”

Published 12/25/2021, 12:41 PM EST
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)


Kobe Bryant helped the Lakers win five championships in the 20 seasons he played. Kobe’s first three championships came in the early 2000s. However, it was as late as 2009, when he became the most dominant force in the NBA. He won two more championships in 2009 and 2010.

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Kobe guided the Lakers to win back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010 and was the Finals MVP in both. Another player who played an important role alongside Kobe was Pau Gasol. Gasol and Kobe became one of the best duos in the Lakers‘ history.

Lakers Pau Gasol hugs Kobe Bryant late in the 4th quarter as Nuggets Carmelo Anthony looks on in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals at the Staples Center Tuesday. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

While Kobe always said that he has no time for friends and instead focused on practicing, he had a really close relationship with Gasol. They were good friends off the court and Kobe’s tragic loss shook Gasol.

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Pau Gasol reveals what Kobe Bryant would have said if he were alive

Pau Gasol’s documentary ‘Pau Gasol: It’s About the Journey‘ was recently released on Amazon Prime. In the first episode of the documentary, Pau revealed what Kobe would have said if he were alive today.

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“It’s not the time to cry. I hope he understands it’s not so easy,” Pau Gasol said.

Indeed, it hasn’t been easy for Pau. It’s hard for Pau to still talk about Kobe’s tragic death. Pau was in Spain with his wife at that time when he heard the news of the helicopter crash. Gasol later revealed that he cried for days and was shocked by the news.

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Gasol even named his daughter Elisabet Gianna Gasol to honor Gianna. In the documentary, Gasol talked about Kobe’s tough mentality. He also mentioned that life is short and one needs to live it to its fullest. Gasol retired from basketball in October this year after a one-year stint with Barcelona.

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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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