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Thursday, April 26th, 2012 at 10:55 am  |  37 responses

Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant Purchased a Horse


Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol’s relationship extends from the basketball court all the way into the business world. The two Lakers stars decided to invest in a racehorse. Per the team website: “Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol had a night off Tuesday, but that didn’t prevent the two Lakers stars from indulging in some good old fashioned horse trading at Riviera Country Club. In fact, when the Lakers Foundation fund raiser concluded, Bryant and Gasol emerged as ownership partners on a Thoroughbred gelding named Siempre Mio, courtesy of Santa Anita C.E.O. Mark Verge. ‘I decided to offer a 25 percent stake in the horse, along with A Day at the Races, as a live auction item,’ said Verge. ‘What ended up happening was that Kobe and Pau got into a bidding war and Kobe finally outran Pau at $8,000. All of the money that was donated last night will go to benefit the Lakers Youth Foundation and Santa Anita is proud to support their programs,’ said Verge. Gasol, a native of Spain, was apparently enamored with the horse’s name. ‘Translated, Siempre Mio means ‘Always Mine.’ I decided that since Pau was bidding with interest and he really did give it the old college try, I’d donate another 25 percent to him as long as he made a separate donation to the Lakers Foundation. So now, Kobe and Pau own 50 percent of Siempre Mio, with no expenses, for the rest of the year.’ […] ‘We’ve already had a lot of fun with this horse and now, with Kobe and Pau involved, this is really awesome,’ said Verge. ‘He’s in good form. He just broke his maiden and now we’ll just look for a place to run him at Hollywood Park. Hopefully the Lakers are still going in the playoffs and they’ll be here at home so everybody can watch him run.’ Although Tuesday’s auction results appear to be a Lakers first, the Sport of Kings is certainly not new to purple and gold management as owner Jerry Buss has owned several horses along with his partner Frank Mariani over the years. Jerry’s son (Laker’s Executive Vice President, Player Personnel) Jim Buss was a licensed Thoroughbred trainer for a number of years in California.”

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  • ttt

    best thing i have ever read on slam

  • http://slamonline.com Nella

    Guess that girlfriend/wife drama from last season is water under the bridge. Nothing brings 2 men together like a race horse. #ballerproblems

  • MikeC.

    A racehorse owned by Kobe? If it ever breaks a leg, he’ll still expect it to run and win. I wonder how many secret German procedures that horse will go through over the next couple of years.

  • fruizm

    Pau is right, the horse has a sick name!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Test comment. I haven’t been able to post a comment for like 3 days straight. smh.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    goodness what is up with slam? The only comments I can post are the ones about not being able to post! wth!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Horse racing is the worst.

  • Jamaal87

    They bought a Kardashian???

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    well either I just quadruple posted a rant against horse racing or none of these showed up. Have fun with that, SLAM brethren.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    k i’ll post my comment line by line: Am I the only one who thinks horseracing is disgusting and pointless?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    nvm f*ck it. goodbye.

  • Rainman

    ^ lol

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    Lmao at Teddy! Yeah the post system on this site sucks, just double posted on another thread.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    You know Jim Buss gave them horse fever.

  • Mike Mihalow

    I got this confused with the Suns mascot story and thought this said “Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant Punched a Horse”

  • tomtom

    ‘they bought a Kardashian’ lmao

  • fruizm

    patience Teddy, patience.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    Teddy just murdered this thread lol

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    lmaoooooo at jamal87

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    co sign teddys multi post rant.
    The slam comment system has his good and bad days like a crack addict

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    that horse better win. Otherwise Kobe will make another donation to the Lakers Youth Foundation: glue.

  • LA Huey

    Co-sign Teddy about horse racing.

  • http://www.starting5.com.au NM30

    Only good horse is a dead horse

  • VanCityVibe

    They bought a sarah jessica parker?

  • Dungeon Family

    and somewhere in LA Lamar Is Carrying a Water Buffalo to Bed

  • ab40

    Kobe has watched the old spice commercials a bit too much.

  • bike

    Metta World Peace and Mike Brown bought a donkey.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    Lol at ted dongs frustration. So, together, they own half the horse for the rest of the year. Basically nothing. … Why don’t they each just buy a horse outright?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    This is the most unselfish thing Kobe has ever done.

  • http://ZOGS.COM ZOGS

    1 SNAKE, 1 LAMA, 1 HORSE

  • http://Eboy.ca Eboy

    Lol @ZOGS

  • bike

    I stink of gorilla juice all day. Errday.

  • BRYANT BYNUM GASOL 24 17 16

    WTF

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    I just pictured Kobe on the horse with Pau narrating “I’m on a horse.”

  • BRYANT BYNUM GASOL 24 17 16

    No caboose you can’t ride the fu*king horse

  • Mike From Spain

    I like horseback riding. Horses are beautiful and noble beasts, they develop a bond with the rider. But horse races… uhm, unless something is done to regulate them, the whole concept as it stands now is cruel.

  • http://millerrosa24@hotmail.com rosa miller

    hey kobe me baby rdove, what the hell made you buy a horse,should name it rosita, i love you baby i need your phone number please. dont you want to hear my voice on phone, good luck in playoffs, email want to know when the horse is going to race and are you going out states for the summer. please respond back. love ya

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