Pau Gasol on Kobe Bryant: “To me, he was kind of the big brother that I never had”

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Pau Gasol opened up about his relationship with his good friend and NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash on January 26.

Gasol and Bryant were teammates in the Los Angeles Lakers and led the team to two NBA titles (2009, 2010). They remained close friends even after Gasol left the team in 2014.

“To me, he was kind of the big brother that I never had. A person that I could count on, that I could rely on. That I could reach out, and we could talk, and we would just enjoy it.

Enjoy talking about life, talking about decisions, talking about personal stuff. How I would kind of teach their daughters the culture and the arts and stuff like that, and how he would help my kids.

He couldn’t make boys, so it was on me to make boys. We would just talk about stuff. It was two very close people that appreciated each other being close and being human. That’s kind of what he meant to me,” Gasol said in an interview with Ryan Ward of ClutchPoints.