The Lakers plan to retire Pau Gasol’s No.16 jersey.
Gasol announced his retirement from basketball on Tuesday in a press conference broadcast on his Twitter page. The team said they will honor Gasol by removing his number, although it is not known when the ceremony will take place.
Gasol played 18 seasons in the NBA, including seven with the Lakers. While with the franchise, he won two championships, forming a close bond with Kobe Bryant.
Now 41, he is one of four players in NBA history with over 20,000 points, 11,000 rebounds, 3,500 assists and 1,500 blocks, along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett. Gasol also ends his career having made six All-Star teams and four All-NBA teams.
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He began his NBA career in 2001 with the Grizzlies, after being selected No.3 in the draft. After being traded to the Lakers and playing with the franchise, he continued to play with the Bulls, Spurs and Bucks.
Gasol hasn’t played in the NBA since March 2019 but spent last season with Barcelona, playing for the same team where he started his professional career.
His younger brother, Marc, who was recently sidelined by the Grizzlies following an offseason Lakers trade, has chosen to stay in Europe this season and will play for Spanish club Girona, which he owns.
Los Angeles withdrew 11 numbers from the former big Lakers.
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