In her pre-recorded message for Pau Gasol at his jersey retirement event, broadcast for all in attendance at Crypto.com Arena to see and hear, Kobe Bryant’s wife, Vanessa Bryant called the 7-foot-tall center a special friend and teammate to her late husband. ‘It is my honor to introduce my dear friend Pau tonight,’ Vanessa said in her remarks. “Pablo,” she continued, using Gasol’s Spanish name, “Kobe predicted that you and he would be together in the rafters. Here’s a little video I want you to watch,'” she added.
After Vanessa’s video statement, she was then seen alongside Gasol on the court at Crypto.com Arena in what was reportedly her first appearance at the iconic venue since her husband and daughter died. Joining Gasol at the ceremony was Gasol’s 2-year-old daughter, Elisabet Gianna, named in honor of the late Gianna Bryant. Also on hand were Gasol’s wife and brother, Marc Gasol, also an NBA champion with the Toronto Raptors, Lakers governor Jeanie Buss, and Lakers Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager, Rob Pelinka.