Following the birth of his daughter yesterday, Pau Gasol has just paid tribute to Kobe Bryant's daughter, Gianna, in the sweetest way...

Pau Gasol has just welcomed his newborn daughter.

The NBA star took to Instagram to announce the news to fans, accompanying the post with an adorable snap.

Pau was the former teammate of the late Kobe Bryant.

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The stars were teammates through some crucial championship runs in the late '00s.

Pau knew Kobe and his family well...

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And they clearly meant a lot to him.

So, following the birth of his daughter...

Pau decided that he wanted to pay tribute to Kobe and Gianna in the sweetest way possible.

Kobe Bryant was a legend.

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After he left high school, he entered the NBA directly and went onto win 5 championships.

He was one of the world's best shooting guards.

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Kobe Bryant made history on many occasions. His twenty-year career in the NBA saw him become the all-time leading scorer in Lakers history in 2010. At thirty-four years old, he also became the youngest player in league history to reach 30,000 career points. What an achievement.

However, in 2016, he retired.

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After a string of injuries began taking their toll on his body, he decided it would be best to leave the game, though that didn't stop him from coaching and doing extra work on the side in order to aid the NBA.

He made sure he went out with a bang.

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Who could ever forget that final game? The Lakers versus Utah Jazz. The latter team didn't stand a chance after seeing Kobe score sixty points in the game, which became a career highlight for the basketballer.

On January 26, the world's heart was left broken.

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Kobe Bryant was tragically killed in a helicopter crash. The NBA star's private helicopter crashed in Calabasas at around 9:45 am local time, TMZ sports confirmed at the time.

Kobe was known for opting to use a helicopter for travel...

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But tragically, his private helicopter went down and a "fire broke out," TMZ reported.

During a press conference, it was confirmed there were no survivors.

And there were 9 bodies found at the scene.

Tragically, Bryant's daughter, Gianna, was also on board the helicopter at the time of the crash.

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TMZ Sports reported that Gianna, aged thirteen, tragically died alongside her dad in the crash. It is thought that the father and daughter were on their way to the Mamba Academy for basketball practice, nearby Thousand Oaks.

The tragedy claimed the lives of 7 others...

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All 9 of the passengers on board were confirmed to have died in the tragic crash.

The news was hard for people to stomach.

Kobe really touched the hearts of so many people, so tributes for the star have been pouring in.

Barack Obama reiterated that Kobe was a "legend."

The 2 had a strong friendship as Kobe was an active Obama supporter and they both shared similar views on social issues.

In a slightly less empathetic way, Donald Trump also tweeted this:

Melania also sent her condolences.

And Whoopi Goldberg also emphasized how much of a hero he was.

She wrote: "RIP Kobe, hero to many including my grandson, extraordinary athlete and always kind to me & my family. My deepest condolences to his family."

Kevin Hart was shocked by the news...

He said he only "just [seen] him." It really just proves how short life is.

But his pain got worse as he found out that Kobe's daughter was involved too...

The news was beyond heartbreaking.

And supermodel Gigi Hadid talked about her close relationship with the legend.

She also posted 2 photos to Instagram upon hearing the news about his daughter too.

Viola Davis was also amongst those who paid tribute to Kobe.

Kobe's family has just been hit with the worst news they could possibly have. No goodbyes. No final words. Devastating.

Amber Rose sent all of her love to Kobe's wife Vanessa Bryant.

As a mother and a wife, this is the most painful news to have received.

And a host of other sports personalities sent their condolences to the family.

Megan Rapinoe, a professional soccer player for the United States team tweeted about him.

And Usain Bolt too.

He attached a photograph of him and Kobe right before one of his races.

2 weeks after their tragic deaths, Kobe and Gianna Bryant were laid to rest.

Their private funeral was held on February 7th at the Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona Del Mar, California.

And now, 8 months on from the tragedy...

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Pau Gasol has found his own way to pay tribute to the pair.

The star announced that he has named his newborn daughter after Gianna.

The star broke the news on Instagram in both Spanish and English, writing: "Our little one has finally arrived!!"

He continued:

"The delivery went really well and we couldn’t be happier!! Elisabet Gianna Gasol 😍, a very meaningful name for our super beautiful daughter!!"

Clearly, Kobe meant a lot to Pau.

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And this gesture is such an incredible tribute.

Congratulations on the birth of your daughter, Pau!

To read more about Kobe Bryant, scroll on to see the unopened love letter Vanessa Bryant discovered after his death...