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A two-time champion and LA Lakers legend will undoubtedly be honored with a jersey retirement this year.
The Lakers announced they’ll “raise Pau Gasol’s jersey in to the rafters” before their March 7 game contrary to the Memphis Grizzlies. Carrying it out contrary to the Grizzlies was a fitting touch because the big man played the initial six-plus seasons for the team before he was traded to LA.
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3/7/23 – We raise Pau Gasol’s jersey in to the rafters pic.twitter.com/F9snGrHO9o
Gasol played for the Grizzlies, Lakers, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs and Milwaukee Bucks from 2001-02 until 2018-19 and finished his career with a resume that included two championships, a Rookie of the entire year, four All-NBA selections and six All-Star Game nods.
He previously recently been an All-Star and averaged much better than 20 points a night in back-to-back seasons once the Lakers acquired him through the 2007-08 campaign, but playing for a championship contender in LA gave him a more impressive stage showing off his game.
The Spaniard played for the Purple and Gold through the 2013-14 season and averaged 17.7 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.4 blocks per game while shooting 52.2 percent from the field throughout that time.
Gasol was section of a one-two punch with the legendary Kobe Bryant on the Lakers teams that won back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010. They cruised at night Orlando Magic in five games for that first title and needed the entire seven games to outlast the Boston Celtics for the next one.
It had been a revenge showing after Boston defeated LA in the 2008 NBA Finals.
Gasol was brilliant through the Finals make an impression on the Celtics and posted a double-double of 19 points and 18 rebounds in the decisive Game 7. It had been his fifth double-double of the series after he double-doubled in three of the five games while battling Dwight Howard down lower in the 2009 Finals.
Those performances with championships hanging in the total amount alone made him a Lakers legend, but he’s got also remained a notable presence in the lives of Bryant’s daughters after Kobe died in a 2020 helicopter crash.
Now Gasol’s jersey will join his former teammate’s jerseys in the rafters honoring Lakers greats.