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Former Kobe teammate Pau Gasol names newborn daughter after Gianna Bryant

Two-time NBA champion Pau Gasol and wife Catherine McDonnell announced the birth of their first child on Sunday, revealing they named their daughter after former teammate Kobe Bryant’s daughter Gianna Bryant.

“Our little one has finally arrived!! The delivery went really well and we couldn’t be happier,” he shared on Instagram. “Elisabet Gianna Gasol, a very meaningful name for our super beautiful daughter!! #girldad.”

Kobe and Gianna Bryant both tragically died in a helicopter crash in January of this year that also killed seven others. 
The couple also announced that Kobe Bryant’s wife, Vanessa Bryant, was chosen to be their daughter’s godmother.

According to People Magazine, Vanessa Bryant also shared a post celebrating on Instagram, writing: “My goddaughter is here!!!! Congratulations @paugasol@catmcdonnell7 Love you 3 so much! So touched by your request to honor my Gigi Can’t wait to hold Elisabet Gianna Gasol.”

McDonnell also shared her own post announcing the birth.  

“Elisabet Gianna Gasol joined our family on September 10th, 2020 She made a quick and easy entrance on a VERY special day, her great-grandmother Elizabeth’s 100th birthday and her mom and dad’s 2nd engagement anniversary. We are already so in love with our sweet Ellie!!”

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