When Kobe Bryant's LA Lakers played against the Chicago Bulls last night, it was the final time in his career he would play with Pau Gasol on the same court.
The Lakers lost the game 126-115 to the Bulls at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, with Bryant scoring 22 points, one assist, and four rebounds, while Gasol scored 21 points, five assists, and seven rebounds.
Bryant and Gasol were teammates at the Lakers from 2008 until 2014, winning two championships together in 2009 and 2010, and they went to three consecutive NBA Finals as well. The Spaniard was traded in from the Memphis Grizzlies to stop Kobe from demanding to be traded in 2007. Gasol then left as a free agent in 2014 and was picked up by the Bulls.
Like many other teams, the Chicago-based franchise honoured the five-time NBA Champion before the game with a video package, which included Gasol introducing him and showing respect towards his former teammate.
The Bulls forward posted a video on Instagram as well of himself and Kobe hugging after the game, with a caption that said: "An image is worth more than a thousand words, specially to describe this moment. I'm honored to be a part of @kobebryant's career. #Legend #Brothers"
The 2008 NBA MVP said after the game, according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times: "We always though we'd retire on the same team," and Serena Winters of TWCSN mentioned Bryant said about Gasol: "This was the last time I was going to face him, that’s weird. Unless we play pick up ball in Barcelona or something."
This would have been a very nice moment for Lakers fans, and many would love to see Bryant and Gasol play together in a Lakers jersey for one last time.