After taking part in 19 seasons within the NBA, the famend Pau Gasol introduced his retirement from skilled basketball at present by way of press convention.
I’m going to retire from skilled basketball,” Gasol stated throughout a retirement announcement in Barcelona. “It’s a tough determination after so a few years, however it’s a call that I assumed over.”
Gasol was drafted with third general choose within the 2001 NBA Draft, profitable Rookie of the Yr and making himself a family title as one of many Grizzlies’ first constructing blocks after their transfer to Memphis (and main them to their first playoff sequence in 2004).
Pau can also be famous for his time on the Los Angeles Lakers, the place he performed alongside NBA icon Kobe Bryant, serving to the Lakers win back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010.
In his NBA profession, Gasol averaged 17.0 factors and 9.2 rebounds per recreation whereas amassing six All-Star alternatives.
He additionally has a embellished profession abroad, taking part in for FC Barcelona previous to and following his days within the NBA, and profitable a number of medals with Spain’s Olympic workforce.