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Pau Gasol reflects on the loss of his ‘brother,’ Kobe Bryant

Pau Gasol reflects on the loss of his ‘brother,’ Kobe Bryant
I was driving I was about to get a home in Barcelona it's coming from watching a game a basketball game in the north of Barcelona and we were two or three minutes away from home my wife you know various are getting messages for our message from a friend saying that uh

Kobe

Bryant

had died in a helicopter crash I couldn't you know didn't quite understand what she was saying but apparently there was some type of could see from the horror Maya that there was this picture in her phone you know with a headline or something so they little by little my face he said your face went white completely white you know when I when she told me and I'm driving and I'm like all of a sudden silence for the next two minutes I'm listening to those words and I let him sink in into my mind and I get home in no I just started to started crying it was hard to find words I couldn't talk to anyone for days basically didn't leave the house I only left the house to do some testing on my foot but I had scheduled so I just went to the clinic I did my my CT scan MRI and I went back home and then the next time I left my house was was to go to the airport and come here because it just felt wrong being away from here when I had the chance to and it's not easy to travel with crutches in Abood and stuff but I needed to be here to be with close family to be available you know - that's what I told Vanessa couldn't imagine what the pain that she was going through because...
pau gasol reflects on the loss of his brother kobe bryant
if I was struggling you know her

loss

is plural I couldn't even think of what that felt like and I wouldn't know what to say now so I kind of gather some words and to be able to text her and reach out and she got back to me really quickly which I was you know surprised and then and obviously appreciative you know and then when I got here I told like come here cats here my wife's here we're here just let us and let you can let us know anything you need anything you want and I'm you don't have to get back to us it's not about now we're here forever you know for the kids for you the family because at the end of day that's what I consider us to be no family he acted that's my big

brother

a lot a lot of the times and and he I could always reach out for to him for advice and and run things by him and you know he would give me as long as opinion and go he's left a huge void for her for his family mainly you know I was at daughters three daughters even Natalia even though she's 17 in a you know fleece about to go to college but you know a three-year-old and in a seventh month year all its own really know their father now so it's it's a stuff the way he impacted the world I think beyond the world of sports beyond therefore beyond the world of basketball how he touched so many people inspired so many people unfortunately there's been other tragedies and

loss

es in the world not just in sports people are no and her famous is...
pau gasol reflects on the loss of his brother kobe bryant
successful but you know

Kobe

went beyond that you know and above that and to see how everyone a lot of people can't speak for everyone honored him yeah he was he was super it was incredibly moving and touching to me because uh you see what he's impact on this world has been gone at 41 or taking it 41 so much more ahead of him oh it's just devastating no but to the extent of the possible I think it's up to each and every one of us to kind of pick up where he left off to give certain continuity to what he's built and he's been able to do and kind of carry those values and though that approach and keep it a life you know and build and build it and because that's the way you you keep stuff alive right that's how you keep legacies going how you keep people present that are not present by talking about him by keeping him in your thoughts and prayers like keeping him in conversations cobia was also a guy that shared that message you know life is short you gotta take advantage of today make the best out of it be the best that you can be and work to do that you know and then smile I think that was one of the videos I saw was like put one foot in front of the other it's and smile and keep going right and this is one of the moments where where you need to do that slowly step by step but he wasn't much of it wasn't much of a sentimental and sentimental guy right as we know he was like snap out of it I know that soft stuff and let's get to...
pau gasol reflects on the loss of his brother kobe bryant
it yeah you know there's no time to waste he would try to you know I guess inspire you and encourage you when when he needed you to be inspired encouraged but he would also try to intimidate you when he wanted to get the better of you on one of the first plays of the game here I'm setting the screen he's chasing Navarro from the baseline and he just runs he's not trying to avoid the screen he's just trying to make me feel him you know say if you're gonna beat me this is what its gonna gonna have to take some pounding and I'm gonna set the tone right now for his team too and he would go to the leader of the opposing team to the best player I'm gonna go right through you so that's what he you know you would make statements like that and then when we lost with the Celtics in Oh in the finals and then they beat us in the Olympic finals in China and 2008 he came in the next pre-season training camp and he brought his gold medal now into the locker room and he put it in my locker I'm like this mm-hmm he was trying it gave me you know you lost the finals last year which was very painful you lost the Olympics against us don't let it don't let it or don't allow to lose don't allow yourself to lose again and this innocent in this season we gotta win the championship no more losing you cannot allow yourself to lose so that's how he he kind of motivated me to you know step it up a notch that season so any and you said that...
recently how you know he he would think about these things as a leader as a winner he would think about okay how what can i do what should i do to motivate this guy this guy this guy and we won't you know and 2009 we won the championship against Orlando and I won the European Championship the gold medal with with Spain and it was now on the best years of my career for sure and then the next year we we won as well he was that's what it took that preparation for himself and for his teammates in order to win and how much it mental but after the basketball player career or stage or chapter was done now he said okay everything that was outside those lines that I stopped myself from doing I'm gonna embrace and you did you know and he was beautiful it was touching going to games with with Gigi connecting with her that bond you know I'm sure being a better husband to for Vanessa I mean all those things that he kind of deprived himself to do an experience earlier he embraced them embraced him and he was it was inspiring and he was beautiful because you could see more of a warmer

Kobe

not just a killer

Kobe

not just a predator you know you could see a mein father a husband even a friend you know it's it hurts so many levels you