Pau Gasol Pays Tribute to Late Teammate Kobe Bryant During 2020 ESPYS

Pau Gasol and rapper Snoop Dogg help pay tribute to the late Los Angeles Laker Kobe
By Pamela Avila Jun 22, 2020 2:53 AMTags
Kobe Bryant's Family Album

The evening's tribute comes on Vanessa Bryant and family's first Father's Day without the basketball legend. 

"Happy Father's Day to the BEST daddy in the world. We miss you so much," Vanessa shared on Instagram. "We love you forever and always. Love, Nani, Gigi, BB, Koko and VB @KobeBryant #BestoftheBest #GirlDad." 

Earlier in the weekend, Vanessa celebrated daughter Capri's first birthday with a family celebration at home. "Happy 1st Birthday Capri! Mommy, Daddy, Nani, Gigi and BB love you SO much!!! God Bless you sweet princess," the proud mom wrote to her followers. "Capri Kobe Bryant a.k.a. 'Koko-Bean' named after her dearly missed daddy, Kobe Bean Bryant. We miss you SO much Gigi and Daddy." 

Kobe and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna died on January 26 when his private helicopter crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, Calif. 

Before retiring in 2016, Kobe had won five NBA titles during his 20-year professional basketball career. He was also named MVP of his 2007-08 season.

Regarded as one of the best scorers in the league, Kobe is No. 4 on the NBA's all-time points list behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone and LeBron James.

He is scheduled to be inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame in the spring of 2021.