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Lakers retire Pau Gasol's number 16 jersey

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Nearly a year after retiring from basketball after 18 seasons in the NBA, including a back-to-back championship with the Los Angeles Lakers, the team will retire Pau Gasol's No. 16 jersey Wednesday in March. announced.

Gasol, who turned 42 last month, will head to his arena in Los Angeles on March 7 as the Lakers host his Grizzlies in Memphis, Gasol's first team in the league. will raise his jersey number. { .

"Beyond gratitude and honor!!!" Gasol responded on Twitter.

The 7-foot-1 Spanish player has been named an All-Star in his six games, including three with the Lakers, before retiring last October. announced. He was drafted 3rd overall by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2001 NBA Draft, but was traded to the Grizzlies on draft day.

After averaging 18.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game in his seven-plus seasons with Memphis, he was traded to the Lakers in February 2008 before his deadline. The deal changed the direction of the league and changed the Lakers. Gasol also retired with number 8 and 24. He teamed with Bryant and left L.A. from 2008 to 2010. won the title in 2010.

In 1,226 NBA career games (1,150 starts), he has played for the Grizzlies (2001-08), Lakers (2008-14) and Chicago Bulls (2014-16). , averaging 17.0 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. , San Antonio Spurs (2016-19), Milwaukee Bucks (2019).

Gasol joins Lakers legend Abdul-Jabbar and Hall of Famers Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett as just four NBA players to record at least 20,000 points, 11,000 rebounds, 3,500 assists and 1,500 blocks in their careers. He's one of the players.

Gasol won two silver medals at the Olympics and he won one bronze medal in Spain, and is remembered as one of the greatest passes to his center in NBA history.

– Field Level Media