Pau Gasol’s No. 16 Lakers jersey appears likely to be retired this coming season. The Spanish basketball legend confirmed the plans of the “Lakers” organization.
“The ceremony may take place next season. I have spoken with the franchise and the Buss family. We are all very excited,” Gasol told Spanish radio. RAC 1:.
The 42-year-old spent six-and-a-half of his 18 NBA years with the Lakers, winning two championships alongside Kobe Bryant. During his career, the Big Man was a six-time All-Star and four-time All-NBA. In total, he scored 17.0 points and 9.2 rebounds in 1226 games.
Gasol started his NBA career with the Memphis Grizzlies, who traded him to the Lakers in February 2008. There, he immediately struck up a good relationship with Bryant, whom he backed as the elite No. 2 option from now on.
After his time with the Lakers, he still played for the Bulls, Spurs and Bucks. In October of last year, the three-time world and European champion and two-time Olympic silver medalist officially retired after the last time. stop in Barcelona.
“Pau Gasol brought hope and talent to the Lakers,” former Lakers coach Phil Jackson said in a statement at the time. ESPN:. “His impact was immediate. His play turned Los Angeles into a title contender again. He was also a gentleman and a generous hero.”