Pau Gasol gives newborn daughter middle name Gianna to honor Gigi Bryant

Pau Gasol and his wife, Catherine McDonnell, picked a baby name that is special to two families.

Gasol was close friends Kobe Bryant and remains close with Vanessa Bryant and the Bryant children.

On Monday, McDonnell gave birth to the couple’s first child, a daughter, and Gasol and his wife honored Gianna Bryant, one of nine people, including Kobe, who died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26.

They named their daughter Elisabet Gianna Gasol, with Gasol writing on Instagram, "a very meaningful name for our super beautiful daughter!! ❤️👨‍👩‍👧 #girldad."

Vanessa Bryant posted a photo of Pau, Catherine and Elisabet and wrote, "My goddaughter is here!!!! Kob would’ve loved to have been her godfather. 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 ❤️ 9/10/20 #girldad #girlmom."

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Nuestra pequeña ya está con nosotros! Todo ha ido muy bien y no podemos estar más felices!! Elisabet Gianna Gasol 😍, un nombre con mucho significado para nuestra preciosa hija!! ❤️👨‍👩‍👧 #Padredeniña Our little one has finally arrived!! The delivery went really well and we couldn’t be happier!! Elisabet Gianna Gasol 😍, a very meaningful name for our super beautiful daughter!! ❤️👨‍👩‍👧 #girldad

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Gasol, McDonnell and Bryant and her three daughters, Natalia, Capri and Bianka, also recently went sailing.

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