The day that marks the thirty-year anniversary of the fatal accident that ended the life of Fernando Martín, Pau Gasol wanted to pay tribute to the first Spanish player who played in the NBA. “30 years without Fernando Martín. Our first NBA. You will always be a reference. Wherever you are, we remind you, ”Pau wrote on social media.
An emotional message full of meaning, because Martín's adventure in the eighties allowed Pau Gasol a long time to continue that path started and become the star of the best basketball league in the world.
At that time the differences between the ACB League and the NBA were much bigger than now and it was a feat that the Blazers decided to sign Fernando, who was not lucky enough to have minutes in Portland. Now that the thirtieth anniversary of his death is celebrated, his figure is very present among those who saw him play and also in those who without knowing him have been influenced by his legacy.
Pau Gasol did not want to forget a benchmark on this special day and hung a picture of Martin's time in Portland with a nice message of remembrance.