‘My Favorite’: Russell Westbrook and Other NBA Players React as Lakers Legend Pau Gasol Announces His Retirement

Published 10/06/2021, 12:10 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)


An illustrious career just came to an end in the NBA. Former Laker, Pau Gasol decided to hang it up after a 19-year career in the NBA. He did it all in his time on the floor and will now enjoy retirement. He made his name as one of the most skilled big men to ever play the game.

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Gasol started his NBA career at the young age of 21. He impressed as soon as he took the floor with Memphis. He averaged 17.6 points and 8.9 rebounds while shooting 51% from the field. The big man was a major part in putting the Grizzlies on the map, followed by his younger brother, Marc Gasol.

Lakers Pau Gasol celebrates his three–point play in overtime agasint the Magic in Game 2 of the NBA Championship at the Staples Center Thursday. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Now, players made sure to give him the respect he deserves after he announced his retirement.

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Players congratulate Pau Gasol

Pau Gasol revealed that it was a difficult decision for him to retire from the game. Being involved with the game for more than half his life, it is understandable where the legend is coming from. However, he made the tough call and put an end to his beautiful 23-year journey with basketball.

Celebrating him, many players such as Klay Thompson and Baron Davis came out to show him support. Unsurprisingly, many players were honored to share the floor with Pau. The Laker man revolutionized the center position into a much more diverse role.

Gasol could score, defend and make plays all as a center. However, his ability to play hard till the end is what attracted everyone to his game. Notably, Kobe Bryant had nothing but the best words for Pau as a teammate in his time as a Laker.

With a 23 year career on his back, he made a legacy for himself. Let’s take a look at what he accomplished in his career.

A true legend of the game

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While it all started in Memphis, his time with the Lakers was his most important. Not only did he partner up with Kobe, but he won back-to-back championships in his time in Los Angeles. Likewise, the purple and gold plan on retiring his jersey for all that he did for the organization.

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It wasn’t just the NBA where Gasol dominated. Even at the international level, Gasol achieved success. He won three Olympic medals with Spain and further added to his legacy. Hence, there is no doubt that he deserves all the respect that is coming his way.

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Do you think Pau Gasol will make the Hall of Fame for his career achievements? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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