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Pau Gasol Hopes Friendship With Kobe Bryant Lasts Their ‘Entire Lives’ Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="57"] It is no secret that Kobe Bryant is tough to play with. Kobe has gone through different teammates over the years while with the Los An [new_royalslider id="57"] It is no secret that Kobe Bryant is tough to play with. Kobe has gone through different teammates over the years while with the Los An Rating: 0
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Pau Gasol Hopes Friendship With Kobe Bryant Lasts Their ‘Entire Lives’

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It is no secret that Kobe Bryant is tough to play with. Kobe has gone through different teammates over the years while with the Los Angeles Lakers and only a select few have had good things to say about playing with the five-time NBA champion.

Pau Gasol is one of those few that have enjoyed Kobe’s company on-and-off the court. Not only has Kobe helped Gasol win two titles and potentially a spot in the Hall of Fame someday, but the Spaniard also thinks very highly of his long-time teammate.

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Apparently, not only has Gasol cherished the team playing alongside Kobe, but he hopes the friendship between the two lasts a lifetime according to a passage in Gasol’s book, Life Vida, via Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report:

“I know he might not need many things, but if he needs a true friend who is going to support him, he can definitely count on me. We have a great friendship that I hope will last our entire lives.”

Although Kobe didn’t see eye-to-eye with Shaquille O’Neal towards the end of their time together in Los Angeles and also had his fair share of problems with Dwight Howard, Gasol is a different breed that was able to coexist with the superstar guard. Kobe can be as difficult a personalty and ego to deal with, but Gasol seemed to roll with the punches and has two NBA titles as a result.

With Gasol’s time in Los Angeles seemingly coming to an end, the Kobe-Gasol era of the Lakers will be looked upon as a successful partnership that was able to endure the good times and the bad.

Now that Gasol is set to become a free agent this summer, there’s a good chance he’ll sign elsewhere in search of a third title and a lucrative deal. Although Kobe and Pau will likely not end their careers together, these two stars were able to make it work and will be thought of as one of the best dynamic duos in NBA history when it is all said and done.
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  • Brian Nelson

    “but Gasol seemed to roll* with the punches and has two NBA titles as a result”

    • Adrian Reyes

      Kobe can be as difficult a personality*

  • Thomas Paniagua

    God Bless Pau such a humble person i admire and respect people like that. Class Class Class Wow. Of course kobe wants to be and will be your friend.

  • ra

    Pau Gasol is a world class player, highly educated (he gave up a track to medicine, to becoming a certified physician in Spain, in order to play basketball), and sophisticated in an international way. In addition, he was friends with Phil Jackson, who generally doesn’t ‘friend’ players, at least publicly.

    Kobe stuck with Pau, during the tough times, and that stays with someone. Kobe recognized Pau’s greatness, and I’m sure was grateful for Pau’s help in getting to those 3 championship games.

    At this point, Kobe has ‘less’ of a say in Front Office dealings, so I’m sure Pau knows that, and his run with the Lakers is probably ending. So what is left from this is a lifetime friend, in Kobe. Someone who’s ‘got your back’.

    • Joseph Apohen

      The reason that Kobe and Pau have become good friends is because they are both classy and intelligent, not your typical NBA run of the mill player who gets in a lot of trouble because of bad attitude. Kobe basically grew up in Italy therefore has a similar upbringing and background as Pau.

  • TTKIN

    I dont get why so many people say Kobe is difficult to play with. Ok he criticized Smush Parker….is there an NBA player on earth who wouldnt?

    But look at Steve Blake, Pau, Meeks, Ariza; Kobe talked all of these guys up on a regular basis. So long as u come to WORK and not to play, Kobe is cool with u. I have never seen Kobe criticize a player who works his ass off. He might critique them, but he wont lash out for no reason.

    • SD

      I think it’s just an assumption people make from his demeanor.

      Derek Fisher loves him. Vujacic idolized him. Antawn Jamison STILL speaks highly of him. Odom loved him. Caron Butler in a short time looked up to him. Shannon Brown loves him too. Even non teammmates. If you look online, you’ll find that he’s been a mentor to Derrick Rose (2010/2011), Melo (of course), and CP3 WANTED to play with Kobe. Let’s not forget that he really allowed and encouraged Bynum to blossom the year he was an allstar.

      I hate to make MJ comparisons but he was also VERY hard on his teammates. Very intense. So was a guy like Hakeem.

  • King Kobe Brah

    Kobe is the GOAT for repeating with the likes of Gasol. . . Jordan wouldn’t have played a game with Pau because of his soft style and passive demeanor. Not only did Kobe repeat with a completely different squad then his first 3 championships, but with Pau Gasol as his SECOND BEST PLAYER on the team. I M P R E S S I V E

  • Gladys Glorioso

    To be honest i dont want this to happen, the two are my favorites

  • LadyKobePau

    To be honest i dont want this to happen, the two are my favorites

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