Two-time NBA champion Pau Gasol retires after 23-year career

Two-time NBA champion Pau Gasol retires after 23-year career

  • Lakers
Oct 06
SW Creative
  • SportsWriters

Former Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol announced his retirement from basketball on Tuesday.

“I’m here to tell you that I’m going to retire from professional basketball,” Gasol told reporters at Barcelona’s Liceu theatre. “It’s a difficult decision after so many years but it’s a decision I’ve taken carefully.”

The 41-year-old started his professional career with FC Barcelona in 1998 before he was drafted third overall by the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the 2001 NBA Draft.

After that, Gasol was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies and spent seven seasons there before the Los Angeles Lakers acquired him in 2008. On February 5, he made his debut in Purple and Gold against the New Jersey Nets and scored 24 points and had 12 rebounds.

Gasol’s partnership with late NBA great Kobe Bryant will always be remembered and cherished by Lakers fans for winning back-to-back NBA championships in 2009 and 2010.

“I’d have liked him to have been here today but sometimes life is unfair,” Gasol said of Bryant, who died in a helicopter accident in January 2020. “He taught me to [be] a better competitor, a real winner, I considered him like an older brother.”

After leaving Los Angeles in 2014, Gasol continued playing for several NBA teams: Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs, and the Milwaukee Bucks. In February 2021, Gasol returned to Spain to play in Liga ACB for FC Barcelona.

  • Pau Gasol

    Pau Gasol Sáez is a Spanish former professional basketball player. He is a six-time NBA All-Star and a four-time All-NBA team selection, twice on the second team and twice on the third team.

  • Marc Gasol

    Marc Gasol Sáez is a Spanish professional basketball player who last played for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association .

  • Los Angeles Lakers

    The Los Angeles Lakers are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles.

  • Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bean Bryant was an American professional basketball player. A shooting guard, he spent his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association .