Los Angeles Lakers legend Pau Gasol was moved to tears as he remembered Kobe Bryant and paid tribute to him in his Hall of Fame speech tonight.
When Gasol took the stage for his coronation, he made sure to honor his good friend and brother. In a tearful message, the Spanish power forward spoke of the impact the Lakers legend had on his career, adding that without Kobe he would not have been able to reach the highest basketball level.
“That’s why I met the person who elevated my game like no one else; who taught me what it takes to win at the highest level; who showed me how hard you have to work and the mentality you have to have to be the best; the commitment you have to make; what it means and what it takes to be a leader: Kobe.”, Gasol said while recalling the trade that brought him from the Memphis Grizzlies to Kobe’s Lakers.
“I wouldn’t be here without you, brother. I wish more than anything that you and Gigi were here with us today. I miss you and I love you.”.
“I wouldn’t be here without you brother. I wish more than anything that you and Gigi were here today with us.”
Pau Gasol with a heartfelt message to Kobe Bryant in his Hall of Fame speech 💜💛pic.twitter.com/WYCwgmxAFy
– ClutchPoints (@ClutchPoints) August 13, 2023