There were 18 seasons in the NBA, a prolific and brilliant career, and the climax was lived in the Los Angeles Lakers, with whom he spent seven seasons in which he won two consecutive championships, alongside Kobe bryant: 2009 and 2010, after an exchange in 2008 with the Grizzlies, the team with which he began his career in the League that received his brother in exchange Marc. So it can be understood that the American League greets the retirement of the 41-year-old center from Barcelona as one of the great legends of the League. That the Lakers have made it clear that they will retire his jersey. And that the Grizzlies have echoed the goodbye of the player who led them to play the play-offs for the first time.
“It is not a question of if we will decide to retire the number 16, but when,” admitted the owner of the franchise Jeanie Buss, ex-partner of Phil Jackson, with whom Pau had an excellent relationship during his time in Los Angeles.
For those who do not understand the dimension of the footprint left by the Sant Boi player, we just have to remember that beyond his two rings and his six appearances in the All Star, Pau Gasol is one of the four players in history who accumulate more than 20,000 points, 11,000 rebounds, 3,500 assists and 1,500 blocks. The other three players to do so are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett.
“Pau Gasol is undoubtedly one of the most accomplished players of his generation, Pau inspired countless fans through his remarkable ability and passion for the game,” said NBA commissioner Adam Silver in a statement. more to know the decision of the Barcelona pivot.
Knight and hero
“Pau Gasol brought hope and talent to the Lakers with his arrival. The effect was immediate. His game put the Lakers among the title contenders. He was a gentleman and a generous hero. Phil Jackson.
Very few people know. Pau was actually my favorite player as a kid, before Kobe. Because I liked how he played, ”guard Russell Westbrook, one of the new Lakers signings this season, also revealed.
“He was a big guy, with a lot of skills and a lot of versatility. So much fun to watch. It was an honor to play against him ”, affirmed the German Dirk Nowitzki, one of the players who starred in the most spectacular duels with the Catalan center. “Congratulations on a great race. It was an honor to play with you and against you, brother“LaMarcus Aldridge, the current Brooklyn Nets player, tweeted with whom he coincided during his time at the Spurs.
“I remember Rick Pitino going to Spain when we were considering recruiting him, coming back thinking we really wanted to have him in Boston when I was there. That’s the first thing that comes to mind, ”recalled current Lakers coach Frank Vogel to talk about Pau. “There are many memories, but what was impressive was the size with which you played against them. You had to deal with Kobe, then you had to [Andrew] Bynum and Pau out there too ”.