For six-plus seasons, Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant teamed up for the Los Angeles Lakers. The duo helped fuel three consecutive trips to the NBA Finals from 2008-10 and back-to-back NBA championships in the last two seasons of that span.
Gasol and Bryant shared a bond even after the pair split up and Bryant retired. Now, the 39-year-old big man has weighed in on Bryant's tragic death.
Gasol tweeted his thoughts moments ago. Like everyone else, he's in total disbelief.
"Beyond devastated... my big brother... I can’t, I just can’t believe it," Gasol wrote.
Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were two of nine people killed in a helicopter crash earlier today in California.
The pair were on their way to Gianna's travel basketball game. Another player from the team and a parent were also reportedly killed.
Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to Bryant's family and friends.