It’s almost been a year since we lost one of the most iconic figures in the NBA, Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. The impact Kobe had on the league and its fans is unparalleled.
Lakers center Marc Gasol might not have played with Kobe, but nevertheless, he shared a great relationship with Black Mamba. In a recent press conference, it was evident how deeply Kobe‘s death has affected the 34-year-old.
When he was being asked about Bryant, the veteran center interrupted the reporter and said that he did not want to speak abut the same. He said, “I’m not comfortable talking about it. To this day, I cannot really talk about it.”
When asked about how Kobe’s death resonated with the side, Gasol said, “He will always be a part of this team, the franchise, the city and each player… He was obviously someone that we looked up to. Sorry. Sorry I could not give you a better answer.”
The Lakers who endured a tough 2020, gave a fitting tribute to Kobe as they won the championship. They have continued their splendid form to this regular season and will hope that they can repeat this season.
While Kobe shared the court with Pau during the 2010s, he had a built a good relation with Marc Gasol as well. Some years ago, both of them met in a bar. Black Mamba had a peculiar request for the Spaniard.
Kobe shook Marc’s hand and told the 2013 DPOY to play for the Lakers some day in the near future. He said, “Hang in there for a couple of years. Then come over to us,”
While this was a casual conversation at the time, it’s fascinating to see Marc getting his shot with the Lakers now. Gasol was initially drafted by the Lakers but was traded to the Grizzlies for his brother, Pau Gasol.
After 12 seasons, Marc has finally got an opportunity to play for the Purple and Gold. He will be eager to emulate his brother’s success with the franchise and win multiple championships with the Lakers.
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