Pau Gasol Names Baby Girl After Kobe Bryant's Daughter Gianna
By Jennifer Drysdale
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Pau Gasol gave his baby girl a name he knows she'll live up to. The NBA player revealed on Instagram on Sunday that he and his wife, Catherine McDonnell, named their newborn daughter Elisabet Gianna Gasol, with her middle name honoring Gianna Bryant. Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died in a helicopter crash alongside seven others in January.
"Our little one has finally arrived!! The delivery went really well and we couldn’t be happier!! Elisabet Gianna Gasol 😍, a very meaningful name for our super beautiful daughter!! ❤️👨👩👧 #girldad," Gasol wrote on Instagram.
Gasol played on the Los Angeles Lakers with Kobe from 2008 to 2014. Kobe's wife, Vanessa, reacted to Gasol naming his daughter after hers in a heartfelt post on her Instagram.
"My goddaughter is here!!!! Congratulations @paugasol @catmcdonnell7 Love you 3 so much! So touched by your request to honor my Gigi," Vanessa wrote. "Can't wait to hold Elisabet Gianna Gasol."
Like her father, Gianna, nicknamed Gigi, had a passion for basketball. She was nicknamed "Mambacita" after Kobe’s "Black Mamba" moniker and Kobe already had big plans for his daughter, who had dreams of making it to the WNBA.