‘First ballot HOF’: NBA Fans React to Lakers Legend Pau Gasol’s Reported Retirement

Published 10/01/2021, 12:33 AM EDT
DENVER, CO. MAY 29, 2009––Lakers Pau Gasol walks through the tunnel to the court before a game against the Nuggets in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals in Denver Friday. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


The Los Angeles Lakers have seen some incredible players over the years. Be it the likes of Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant or LeBron James, the Purple and Gold have won multiple championships as well.

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While the superstars generally take center stage, the Lakers have also have had some of the best supporting casts. Managing to add some All-Stars alongside their superstars like Kobe, the Lakers have always had some incredible players contributing for a chip.

Lakers Pau Gasol hugs Kobe Bryant late in the 4th quarter as Nuggets Carmelo Anthony looks on in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals at the Staples Center Tuesday. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

One of the most underrated players to fall in the same category is Pau Gasol. The Spaniard was one of the most crucial pieces for Kobe and the Lakers’ team which won two titles in a row.

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Former Lakers’ Pau Gasol reportedly retiring from basketball

Pau Gasol might not be playing in the NBA for a while, but he has still been active in the European circuit. Playing for Spanish giants FC Barcelona last season, the 40-year-old certainly had his moments with the team.

Not only did he play for one of the most prestigious clubs in Spain, he was also in the Olympic squad. Given how legendary his career has been, the Olympics were the prefect way to cap off an amazing stint.

According to multiple reports, the former All-Star might be headed to an exit from the game. After playing for about 20 years, Gasol is arguably one of the best players Spain has produced and will go down as an NBA legend.

Gasol might not be the flashiest player out there but he certainly made an incredible impact for the Purple and Gold. After the Lakers struggled in the 2006-07 season, they pulled the trigger on the Spaniard’s trade to Staples Center.

While Gasol was a superstar in the Grizzlies and was a dominant forward in Memphis, he had to sacrifice a lot of shots in LA. Acting as the second option after Kobe Bryant, the Spaniard’s offensive output took a major hit. But Gasol’s selflessness worked wonders for the Lake Show.

Making it to the Finals for three consecutive years, the Spaniard helped the Purple and Gold win 2 championships. If not for his injuries and some questionable roster decisions, this tally could have been even higher. The 40-year-old will certainly go down as a legend in Lakers’ history.

Twitter reacts to Pau Gasol’s retirement

NBA twitter certainly had their say on the legend’s reported retirement. From Lakers’ fans to other NBA fans, many people reacted to Gasol’s incredible stint in the league.

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With multiple All-Star appearances to his name and two NBA championships, Pau Gasol will surely go down as one of the best Spanish players to play in the NBA. Will Gasol make it to the Hall of Fame though?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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