Lakers’ LeBron James Jokingly Reminds Everyone of The Time Marc Gasol Won DPOY Over Him

Published 11/30/2020, 11:00 PM EST
MIAMI, FL – JUNE 25: LeBron James participates in the Miami Heat 2012 NBA Championship Celebration at AmericanAirlines Arena on June 25, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/WireImage)


In 2007, the Los Angeles Lakers selected Marc Gasol with their 48th overall pick in NBA Draft. However, he was traded off to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for his elder brother, Pau Gasol. And now, we’ve come back to the same place we started and Marc has now signed a $5.2 million deal for two years with the LeBron James-led Lakers.

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At the time, the Lakers definitely won the trade. They appeared in NBA Finals thrice consecutively and won twice. But Gasol was making an impact of his own. He helped the franchise win its first playoff game in 2011, became a three-time All-Star, and got the Defensive Player of the Year.

After being traded to the Toronto Raptors, he even won a championship with them. Now, it looks like the Lakers need the younger Gasol to help them go for a repeat.

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Gasol will be able to lessen the burden off of LeBron James in several ways. Therefore, a player with a high basketball IQ like Gasol will add a lot of depth to the team’s center.

Marc Gasol #33 of the Toronto Raptors warms-up with the ball before the Toronto Raptors vs Miami Heat NBA regular season game at Scotiabank Arena on December 03, 2019, in Toronto, Canada (Miami Heat won 121-110) (Photo by Anatoliy Cherkasov/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

LeBron James still hasn’t forgotten losing DPOY to Gasol

In 2012-13, Gasol had won the Defensive Player of The Year award over LeBron James, who placed second. This had come as a shock to many, including LeBron, who had shown on multiple occasions how upset he was with it.

However, now that Gasol is going to be a part of the purple and gold. LeBron is thrilled to have him, but didn’t miss the opportunity to taunt Gasol for stealing his DPOY award.

On ‘Spectrum Sports Net’s Road Trippin’ podcast, LeBron said, “Happy to have Marc, another champion. Won with the Raptors two years ago, who I’ve always loved.”

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And then Bron came out with it. “Marc has my Defensive Player of the Year trophy at his house, but that’s not here or there. I love you Marc! I can’t wait to talk about this.”

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Listening to this, everyone started laughing. It looks like Bron will never forget the time he lost his DPOY award to Gasol, but he is willing to put that aside as he joins the Laker Nation.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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