In a poignant and emotional moment, Pau Gasol’s Hall of Fame induction speech not only celebrated his own accomplishments but also honored the memory of his late former teammate and dear friend, Kobe Bryant, and his daughter Gigi.

As Gasol took the stage to accept his Hall of Fame honor, he turned his thoughts to Bryant, expressing, “I wouldn’t be here without you, brother. I wish more than anything that you and Gigi were here today with us.” The absence of the legendary Bryant and his daughter Gigi was deeply felt, underscoring the profound impact they had on Gasol’s life.

The bond between Gasol and Bryant extended beyond the basketball court, representing a friendship that transcended the game. Their camaraderie and shared experiences united them both on and off the court, making Bryant’s absence particularly poignant on this special occasion.