The reason why Kobe Bryant nicknamed Pau Gasol “Pablo Escobar”

The reason why Kobe Bryant nicknamed Pau Gasol

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Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (R) celebrates with teammate Pau Gasol of Spain after Gasol scored against the Denver Nuggets during Game 7 of their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff series in Los Angeles, California May 12, 2012. REUTERS / Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL) (Lucy Nicholson /)

Following the departure of Shaquille O’Neal from the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant found a new partner in the figure of Pau Gasol, who reached the second most successful franchise in the NBA (16, one ring less than the Boston Celtics) after standing out in Barcelona and the Memphis Grizzlies.

In dialogue with the program The resistance, the three-time medalist at the Olympic Games (silver in Beijing 2008 and London 2012 and bronze Rio 2016) and world champion in Japan 2006 with the basketball team counted the nicknames he received during his stay in the Californian franchise. “It was El Hispano, for the movie ‘Gladiator’. They put the music from the movie and my images before games and the audience sang to me, ”recalled the former Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs. However, it caught attention when it revealed that Kobe Bryant called him “Pablo” after the famous Colombian drug trafficker Pablo Escobar.