By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — In a heartfelt Instagram post, former Lakers star Pau Gasol paid tribute to Kobe Bryant on Tuesday, a year after he died in a tragic helicopter crash.

Bryant, his daughter Gigi, and seven others were remembered Tuesday by the sports world and beyond on the one-year anniversary of their deaths. All nine were on board a helicopter on their way to the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks when it crashed in Calabasas.

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“I miss you, hermano…not a day goes by that you are not present in what I do,” Gasol wrote. “Your spirit, your drive, your ambition, your love…continues to shine in my life and in many others.”

Kobe Bryant #24 and Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers react after a 96-91 win against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on March 12, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Gasol — whose instant rapport with Bryant helped the team win the 2009 NBA Championships, the Lakers first title in seven years — remained close with his former teammate’s family even after he was traded away from the Lakers and Bryant retired from basketball. Gasol’s first daughter was given the middle name Gianna, in honor of 13-year-old Gigi.

Pau Gasol #16 of the Chicago Bulls and the Eastern Conference and Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Western Conference look on late in the game during the NBA All-Star Game 2016 at the Air Canada Centre on February 14, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

“I wish you could’ve met our little Elisabet Gianna,” he said in the post. “We will make sure she knows where her middle name comes from…how extraordinary, loving and inspiring her cousin Gigi and her uncle Kobe were.”

Shaquille O’Neal, whose famous falling-out with Bryant would result in team’s championship drought between 2002 and 2009, said his former teammate achieved his dream of being the biggest name in basketball – but would not want the world to dwell on his untimely death.

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“He would probably say carry on. He would probably say, you know, thank you,” he told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith.