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Gasol Names Daughter after Former NBA Teammate Kobe Bryant’s Daughter Gianna

One of the most memorable events that happened this year for the NBA was the death of Kobe Bryant. Bryant or famously called the “Black Mamba,” was an icon in basketball and will always be a legend among Lakers fans and even in NBA history. 

On January 26th, he and his 13-year old daughter Gianna Bryant or “Gigi”, also nicknamed as Mambacita, and seven others tragically died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. They were travelling to Camarillo Airport for a basketball game at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks. Like her father, Gigi had a passion for basketball and had dreamed of making it into the WNBA. Kobe also had big plans for his daughter and wanted her to reach those dreams. 

A Touching Tribute by Former NBA Teammate

The sweetest way to honour his friend and his daughter, Pau Gasol, gave his newborn daughter the name “Elisabet Gianna Gasol,” her middle name was taken from Gianna Bryant’s name. 

On his Instagram, Gasol posted, “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.” 

While his wife, Catherine, posted on hers: “Elisabet Gianna Gasol joined our family on September 10th, 2020. She made a quick and easy entrance on a VERY special day, her great-grandmother Elizabeth’s 100th birthday and her mom and dad’s 2nd engagement anniversary. We are already so in love with our sweet Ellie!! #GasolFamilyOf3 #girlmom #girldad #EllieGasol”

What is also touching in these posts is Pau and Catherine’s use of the hashtag #GirlDad. The hashtag trended worldwide as a way for fathers across the globe to pay tribute to Kobe after his death. It was a way to celebrate their relationships with their daughters.

Close Relationship with Kobe

Both Gasol and Kobe had played on the NBA team Los Angeles Lakers from 2008 to 2014. In 2009 and 2010, they had won two NBA championships. The pair remained close until Kobe’s death. In the Players’ Tribune, a collection of stories that was compiled last August, Kobe’s former teammates and players who faced him recounted their experiences and moments with the remarkable basketball player. 

For Gasol, he wrote, “I don’t believe that Kobe ever took a break. It was championship mode, pure and simple. The six and a half years I played with Kobe were my best basketball years. I learned the most about my game, and a big reason was number 24.” 

Many basketball players and fans have been deeply affected by Kobe’s death, but they know that his memory and legacy lives on. The future of basketball is still promising, and legends and icons will rise. But of course, none will ever replace the Black Mamba.

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3 Most Memorable NBA Locker Room Scandals

The locker room (or dugout for some) is where the most fascinating and outrageous things happen. 

Sportsmanship, on top of friendship and camaraderie, is persistently emphasized. But ego and anger issues may block the way, resulting in some of the nastiest moments in the history of the NBA.

Giving basketball and NBA a bad name, here are some of the most controversial and shocking locker room scandals. 

And yes, the higher the shock value, the more memorable the incident became.

1) Gun taunting incident between Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton

And it all started with a card game while on the team plane!

Hotheads prevailed, resulting in claims they—Arenas and Crittenton—were familiar with firearms.

Two days later, during a practice, Arenas brought four guns and taunted Crittenton. Crittenton cocked a gun and pointed it on Arenas. A full standoff started, which was then broken up by the rest of the Washington Wizards especially Caron Butler.

The Wizards suspended both players for the remainder of the season. Arenas and Crittenton also faced gun possession charges.

Arenas continued playing with the team for a couple more seasons.

Crittenton, however, was convicted in 2011 due to voluntary manslaughter. He was involved in the shooting death of a woman in Atlanta.

2) A confrontation between Jermaine O’Neal and Rick Carlisle

It happened after the infamous—yep, you guessed it right—Malice at the Palace. No list of NBA scandals would be complete without mentioning this incident.

The 2004 brawl involved the Indiana Pacers specifically Ron Artest, Ben Wallace, and Stephen Jackson; Detroit Pistons; and their fans.

The intense mood was carried over to Pacers’ locker room. O’Neal, who also threw several punches on that night, yelled at his coach who was also calming players who were still on edge. For O’Neal, Carlisle held the players back and prevented them from fighting for themselves.

Carlisle matched the intensity of O’Neal’s voice, telling him that the staff tried to help. That’s all.

What could’ve been a mini brawl was stopped even before it happened, though.

3) A prank war between D’Angelo Russell and Nick Young

Gone too far a prank, Russell probably didn’t realize the consequences of him recorded his teammate, Young, while the latter was confessing about his cheating of then-fiance Iggy Azalea. Young was unaware that he was being recorded.

The scandal broke when the video was released publicly. The clip showed Russell asking, almost provoking, Young to confess about being and sleeping with other women who were not his ex-fiance.

As if it wasn’t cringe-worthy enough, Russell received the cold shoulder treatment from his teammates. Based on reports, Russell was forced to eat alone at one point. When he sat beside veterans, they would also walk away.

At the franchise level, there had been speculations about trust issues involving him.

It was also an antagonizing moment because the team was supposed to celebrate the exit of Kobe Bryant. This was one of the darkest times in the team’s history. 

Russell also bore the stigma of what he did until today. 

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These are our choices, but if you are to pick the most unforgettable locker room scandals in the NBA, which one will you choose?

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6 NBA Players Who Have Their Own Signature Shoes

Air Jordan is one of the most iconic signature shoes. In fact, it started a sneakers revolution in the NBA!

Nowadays, having own pair of signature shows is a prestige every basketball players dreamt of. They meant two things: one, you are one of the best NBA players and two, you are pretty popular.

Here are the NBA players who have their own signature shoes.

1) Michael Jordan (Air Jordan by Nike)

Considered the most famous face of Nike, Jordan debuted the Air Jordan 1s in Washington, DC circa 1985 that retailed for $65. The red-black-and-white combo is unique to him and his team, Chicago Bulls. In September 2016, the design was relaunched as Bred 1s as a part of Nike’s retro releases. A pair was sold for $160.

2) Shaquille O’Neal (Shaq Attaq by Reebok)

Shaq’s signature sneakers were released in 1992, on the same year that he was drafted in the league. His Shaq Attaqs were sold for $130 a pair—quite pricey then. In 1996, he released his own Shaq brand. And then in 2001, he released his own sneakers brand, Dunkman. His shoes are sold for $12.

3) Allen Iverson (Question by Reebok)

Iverson is Jordan’s Reebok counterpart. He signed a deal with the company as soon as he was drafted in 1996, a ten-year, $50-million contract which was elevated to a lifetime contract. Question sneakers, which was sold for $99.99 per pair, are still available today for $68.98 in various colourways.

4) Kobe Bryant (KB8 by Adidas)

Before Kobe signed with Nike, he was with Adidas. Bryant’s KB8, or the Crazy 8s as the fans call it, was originally sold for $100. In 2012, Adidas KB8 was hailed as one of the top 10 NBA shoes in history. KB8s are still available today for the same price.

5) LeBron James (Air Zoom Generation by Nike)

Released in 2003, James’ Air Zoom was sold for $110. It was also sold as a retro piece in 2017 for a hefty $170 a pair. But this was not the most expensive Nike sneakers from James. Nike LeBron X Plus, which has a motion sensor, was released in 2012 for $315 per pair. It was the year when James won the NBA Championship title, NBA MVP award, NBA Finals MVP award, and Olympic gold medal within the same year. James and Jordan are the only two NBA players who earned that accolade.

6) Stephen Curry (Curry One by Under Armour)

Curry was late into the sneakers game when he debuted his Curry One in 2015, after six years in the league. It retailed for $120 per pair. Nike endorsed him but failed to sign him for long-term, so he jumped ship to Under Armour. Indeed, Curry played a key role in putting the brand on the map.

Some sceptics, however, raised eyebrows on some NBA players who are nowhere near any best list nor famous enough and yet, they have their own signature shoes. These are

  • Matthew Dellavedoa (Delly 1 by Peak Australia)
  • George Hill (Monster by Peak US)
  • Kevin Love (Kevin Love 1 by 361 Degrees)
  • Evan Turner (Evan Turner Speed 4 by Li-Ning)
  • Michael Carter Williams (Michael Carter Williams Men’s Professional Basketball Shoes by Li-Ning)
  • Rajon Rondo (RR1 Basketball Shoes by Anta)

Well, they may not be popular in the NBA, but they are elsewhere.

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