Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant had great success during their time with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Spanish native talked about this and much more during his interview with FOX Sports. Gasol is promoting his new docuseries, “Pay Gasol: It’s About The Journey” and fans can’t wait to see the best of it.
Gasol joined forces with Kobe in 2008. They became inseparable and this bond helped them win championships in 2009 and 2010. This success helped the duo build strong friendship. Of course, it wasn’t easy.
Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant went through a lot together
Gasol really admits that joining the Lakers was a life-changing experience.
“When asked what was the greatest lesson he taught Bryant, Gasol shrugged at first. ‘I don’t know if I taught him much,’ he said.”
If you ask Gasol what’s the best lesson Kobe got from him, the Spanish native will say it’s the lesson of empathy.
“A close person to him told me that I taught him empathy, which is something that I guess I’m honored and proud of to share that with him,” he added.
The former Lakers veteran confirmed his retirement last month. He has been playing hoops for almost two decades, averaging 17 points and 9.2 rebounds in 1,226 regular-season games with the Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, and Milwaukee Bucks. Gasol is a six-time All-Star and four-time All-NBA selectee. Not bad, huh?
Gasol is respected by pretty much every NBA fan out there. However, fans didn’t like the fact that Gasol wasn’t includes in the NBA’s 75 Greatest Players. Yes, this was definitely a snub.
The former Lakers star wasn’t really angry and sad. Gasol is satisfied with his performance in the NBA. He knows what he did on the basketball court.
Kobe lost his life in a helicopter crash outside Los Angeles. He was on board with his daughter Gianna, and seven other people. No one survived the crash. Kobe left a big void and people still have hard time accepting the loss. He was and always will be one of the very few players who changed the game.