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Pau Gasol jersey will be retired. Soon the Lakers won't have any number available

By James Brown

Pau Gasol jersey will be retired. Soon the Lakers won't have any number available

The Lakers have decided to retired another number, and now they are giving Pau Gasol this great honour.

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The Los Angeles Laker are the biggest team in NBA history. They have the most titles won -tied with Boston- with 17, and have undoubtedly some of the greatest players in the league history. Throughout their years, the Lakers have given some players the honor to retire the number they used while they played with the team. Now they have decided to give former player Pau Gasol the honor of retiring his number.

The Spanish player will become the first Spanish player to have his number retired by an NBA team. This is a result of the 18 seasons he played in the league. He entered the league in 2001 after playing with Barcelona for three years. The Memphis Grizzlies brought him to the NBA. The Spanish played seven years before joining the Kobe-lead Lakers. Gasol found his best basketball and team success playing for the Purple and Gold.

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The power forward won NBA rookie of the year in the 2002 season. He also was selected to six NBA All-star games.  As a Laker Gasol averaged 17.7 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.4 blocks while shooting 52.2% in 429 games. During this time he helped the Lakers win two titles in the back-to-back to run. Then he continue his path in the NBA by playing for three more teams in the Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs, and Milwaukee Bucks.

He finished his NBA career averaging 17.0 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 1,226 regular-season games. Now the Lakers have decided to retire the Spanish player #16 jersey in their game against the Memphis Grizzlies in march 7th of 2023. This makes now the 12th jersey the Lakers have retired, giving their new players less numbers to choose from

 

 


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