Teary-Eyed Pau Gasol Reveals Kobe Bryant’s Touching Words: “I’ll Send You My Daughters You Can Teach Them About Culture. And You Send Your Sons and I’ll Teach Them to Be Tough”

Published 12/25/2021, 1:03 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)


Following Kobe Bryant’s tragic death last year, the world continues to mourn the legend. Be it a dedicated fan, family, or friend, Bryant’s absence is constantly felt. Over the past months, we have seen Pau Gasol becoming a strong support system to the Bryants, spending as much time with them as he can.

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Gasol’s love for Bryant’s daughter is constantly spoken of; the basketball player has promised to go and look after Bryant and his girl. Not only is Gasol close to the girls, but their families have also spent time together. Moreover, Gasol’s daughter is also named after 13-year-old Gianna Bryant, who passed away with Bryant in the tragic helicopter crash.

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)

What does Gasol say about Kobe Bryant and his family?

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Gasol’s much-awaited documentary is now available on Amazon Prime. The 41-year-old’s life is covered in four episodes. It goes without saying that Gasol spoke of Bryant and his children, who the former loves very, very much. Both players bonded during their time playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, their friendship withstanding the test of time.

“He used to tell me, ‘I’ll send you my daughters so you can teach them about culture, awareness, things. And you send me your sons and I’ll teach them to be tough, to fight, to work and go for it,'” Gasol said in Pau Gasol: It’s About the Journey, Episode 1. He added, “Well, I’ll try to be there for his daughters”. 

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Gasol on Natalia Bryant

He spoke of Natalia Bryant as well, who is currently studying while also pursuing modeling. Gasol has maintained a close bond with all of Bryant’s daughters, a sure-shot presence in their life. “The eldest, Natalia, is practically a woman. And his two little girls had practically no chance to get to know him. So…little else,” a teary-eyed Gasol continued. “It’s a very tough moment to come to grips with, to absorb, to accept”.

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One can say that Gasol, who played in the NBA for 18 seasons had his career severely affected due to his left foot navicular bone injuries. Although his return to the court is uncertain, do you wish to see him at Olympics 2024? Let us know in the comments below.

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Devika

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Devika Pawar is a Golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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