Pau Gasol
Professional basketball player
Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol i Sáez is a Spanish professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a four-time All-Star, and a three-time All-NBA selection, once on the second team and twice on the third team. He has won two NBA championships, both with the Lakers. He was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2002 with the Memphis Grizzlies.
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LA Lakers Purge Front Office As The Magic Johnson Era Commences
Huffington Post - 5 days
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Spurs' Gasol elected to Players' Association executive board
Reuters.com - 9 days
(Reuters) - Six-times NBA All-Star Pau Gasol of the San Antonio Spurs claimed another honor on Friday when he was elected to the National Basketball Players Association's executive committee.
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Spurs' Gasol undergoes left hand surgery: reports
Yahoo News - about 1 month
San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol underwent surgery on Friday to repair a broken ring finger on his left hand and will miss the next few weeks of the NBA season, according to multiple reports. Yahoo Sports and ESPN, each citing unnamed sources in website reports, said the 36-year-old Spaniard had the operation so he would be able to return as quickly as possible. ESPN said the timetable for Gasol's return could be four to eight weeks while Yahoo said it could go as long as six weeks.
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NBA roundup: Spurs cruise past Nuggets despite Pau Gasol breaking a finger before game
LATimes - about 1 month
San Antonio center Pau Gasol broke a finger in warmups, Coach Gregg Popovich was ejected in the second quarter, but the Spurs still had no trouble in a 118-104 victory over the visiting Denver Nuggets on Thursday night in San Antonio. Kawhi Leonard scored 34 points, rookie Dejounte Murray added...
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Leonard scores 31 as Spurs thrash slumping Lakers
Yahoo News - about 1 month
Kawhi Leonard poured in 31 points in just three quarters as the San Antonio Spurs dominated in every facet of play with a emphatic 134-94 blowout of the Los Angeles Lakers. San Antonio's 134 points were a season high, as were the 72 points scored by the Spurs in the first half and the overall margin of victory of 40 points. Pau Gasol added 22 points for San Antonio, while LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker added 13 each, all in just three quarters of the lopsided game.
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Spurs romp past Raptors, 76ers edge Timberwolves
Yahoo News - about 2 months
The San Antonio Spurs dominated Toronto 110-82, handing the Raptors their worst defeat of the season in a clash of elite teams. Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 23 as the Spurs, second in the Western Conference behind Golden State, raced to a big first-quarter lead that they wouldn't relinquish. Firing on all cylinders on their home floor, the Spurs led by 30 points going into the fourth quarter, which starters Leonard, Aldridge, Tony Parker and Pau Gasol all sat out.
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Aldridge leads Spurs past Pelicans
Yahoo News - 2 months
(The Sports Xchange) - LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22 points in 26 minutes of play and Manu Ginobili added a season-high 17 points off the bench as the San Antonio Spurs manhandled the New Orleans Pelicans 113-100 on Sunday at the AT&T Center, winning their fourth straight game. Kawhi Leonard added 13 points for San Antonio (22-5) while Tony Parker and Jonathan Simmons had 12 points and Patty Mills scored 11 points for the Spurs, who have won 8 of 19. Pau Gasol pulled down a season-high 14 rebounds in 24 minutes of play.
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Oly - Spain edges Australia for men's hoops bronze
Yahoo News - 6 months
- NBA star Pau Gasol scored 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Spain captured the Rio Olympics men's basketball bronze medal Sunday by defeating Australia 89-88 in a thriller. The Spaniards grabbed a third consecutive Olympic podium finish after silver medals in 2008 and 2012, having lost each time in the championship game to the United States. Patty Mills, one of four NBA champions on the Australia roster, scored 30 points to lead the Boomers, who finished fourth to just miss out on their first Olympic men's basketball medal.
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Column: More Olympic Heartache for Gasol at Hands of US
ABC News - 6 months
Pau Gasol has lost to Team USA in four straight Olympic tournaments, and it's clear that string of losses is wearing on the Spanish star
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Tony Parker retires from international play after France's elimination
Yahoo News - 6 months
France’s Tony Parker drives the ball around Spain’s Nikola Mirotic during the quarterfinal round. The ongoing Olympic men’s basketball tournament in Rio de Janeiro figured to be the swan song for several of the best non-American players in the sport’s history. Pau Gasol of Spain, Manu Ginobili of Argentina and Tony Parker of France (coincidentally all members of the San Antonio Spurs) are all nearing the ends of their basketball careers and are unlikely to compete in international play either in 2019’s FIBA Basketball World Cup or the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
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Spain leads record 34 NBA players out to topple USA
Yahoo News - 7 months
Spaniards settled for second best to US NBA stars at the past two Olympics, but Pau Gasol and his teammates hope their third upset attempt is charmed. Outside of the American dozen of NBA standouts, a record 34 NBA players are on other Olympics rivals, five more than in 2012. Apart from Team USA, Spain offers the most NBA experience at the Rio Olympics with seven active players and three former NBA players in the lineup.
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Spurs Officially Add Pau Gasol to Help Replace Tim Duncan
NYTimes - 8 months
Gasol, 36, who played in Chicago the past two seasons, has been one of the N.B.A.’s most talented and versatile big men for the last 15 years.
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Spurs make it official, sign veteran Pau Gasol
Reuters.com - 8 months
(Reuters) - The San Antonio Spurs, looking to fill a void left by the retirement of future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan, officially added Pau Gasol on Thursday in an effort to shore up their front line.
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Nowitzki rejoins Mavericks, Gasol goes to Spurs
Yahoo News - 8 months
German star forward Dirk Nowitzki has agreed to terms on a two-year deal to stay with the Dallas Mavericks, while Spanish star Pau Gasol will join the San Antonio Spurs in NBA free agency deals. Nowitzki has a two-year deal worth $40 million, The Dallas Morning News and ESPN said about the plans unveiled Tuesday, while Gasol has made a verbal agreement worth $30 million over two years. "After many days of a lot of thinking, I've decided to join the spurs! Looking forward to this new chapter with the best aspirations!" Gasol tweeted to confirm his deal.
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Pau Gasol makes it official: 'I've decided to join the Spurs'
LATimes - 8 months
Pau Gasol sent out a tweet Tuesday that confirmed news that had been widely reported the previous day - he's signing with the San Antonio Spurs. https://twitter.com/paugasol/status/750335841898156033 Gasol, who won two NBA titles with the Lakers, reportedly will earn $30 million over two years....
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Pau Gasol poised to join Spurs, Duncan to retire?
Yahoo News - 8 months
Pau Gasol has agreed to join San Antonio on a two-year deal worth $30 million as Spurs legend Tim Duncan mulled retirement, reports said Monday. Spanish star Gasol has verbally agreed to join San Antonio after spending the past two seasons with the Chicago Bulls. The former Los Angeles Lakers player averaged a double-double (16.5 points, 11.0 rebounds) per game last season but was unable to lead the the Bulls into the playoffs.
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NBA All-Star might skip Rio Olympics over Zika fears
CNN - 9 months
Pau Gasol, two-time NBA champion and member of Spain's national basketball team, explains why he is may skip the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Pau Gasol
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    On July 14, 2016, Gasol signed with the San Antonio Spurs.
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    On April 2, 2016, he became the 36th player in NBA history to reach the 10,000-point/10,000-rebound mark.
    More Details Hide Details Gasol's mother, Marisa, was a medical doctor, and his father, Agustí, was a nurse administrator. When Pau was born, his family was living in Cornellà, but he was born in Barcelona, at Sant Pau Hospital, where both of his parents worked. When he was six years old, his family moved to another Barcelona suburb, Sant Boi de Llobregat, where he spent the remainder of his childhood. His parents moved to the Memphis suburb of Germantown, Tennessee, after he signed with the Grizzlies, and enrolled his younger brothers Marc and Adrià in Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis. They planned to move to the Los Angeles area when Pau was traded to the Lakers, with Agustí accepting a job with a health-care company in that area; although the Grizzlies obtained the rights to Marc's services as part of the trade, he was expected to re-sign with his Spanish team Akasvayu Girona. However, when Marc decided to sign with the Grizzlies, their parents chose to stay in Germantown. Agustí now works from home for the same company, while Marisa now volunteers at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
    On February 9, Gasol was named as Jimmy Butler's replacement on the 2016 Eastern Conference All-Star squad.
    More Details Hide Details On February 27, he recorded his eighth career triple-double and first as a Bull with 22 points, 16 rebounds and a career-high 14 assists in a 103–95 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. At 35 years old, he became the oldest player to record a triple-double since Kobe Bryant did so at 36 years old in 2014. On March 7, he recorded his second triple-double of the season with 12 points, 17 rebounds and 13 assists in a 100–90 win over the Milwaukee Bucks, becoming just the fourth player 35 years or older with multiple triple-doubles in a season, joining Jason Kidd, Kobe Bryant and Paul Pierce. On April 2, in a loss to the Detroit Pistons, he became the 38th NBA player to reach 10,000 career rebounds. He also became the 36th with 10,000 points and 10,000 rebounds.
    On January 25, 2016, he recorded his first career first quarter double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
    More Details Hide Details He finished the game with 19 points and 17 rebounds, as the Bulls were defeated by the Miami Heat 89–84.
  • 2015
    On December 5, 2015, Gasol became the 116th player to reach 1,000 regular-season games.
    More Details Hide Details He had 13 points and 11 rebounds against the Charlotte Hornets for his ninth double-double of the season.
    On April 9, 2015, he recorded a league-best 51st double-double of the season with 16 points and 15 rebounds in an 89-78 win over the Miami Heat.
    More Details Hide Details He recorded his 54th double-double of the season in the regular season finale on April 15 against the Atlanta Hawks to finish as the league-leader in double-doubles in 2014–15.
    On January 1, 2015, Gasol recorded a career-high 9 blocks, along with 17 points and 9 rebounds, in the 106-101 win over the Denver Nuggets.
    More Details Hide Details Ten days later, he scored a career-high 46 points on 17-of-30 shooting in a 95-87 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
  • 2014
    On July 18, 2014, Gasol signed with the Chicago Bulls.
    More Details Hide Details He said after he was introduced: "It was a gut feeling. I thought Chicago was going to be the best fit for me. It's a great challenge, but I'm driven by challenge. I look forward to it."
  • 2013
    Gasol was owed $19.3 million in 2013–14 in the final year of his contract, which would cost the Lakers around $50 million including luxury taxes.
    More Details Hide Details He became a free agent after the season.
    On January 7, 2013, Gasol received a blow to the face from Denver's JaVale McGee in the fourth quarter of a 112–105 loss.
    More Details Hide Details He suffered a concussion, forcing him to miss the next five games. In his first game back, he came off the bench after having started his first 345 games with the Lakers. In the next game, he returned to the starting lineup and scored 25 points against Toronto, only his second 20-point game of the season. However, in the next game on January 21, D'Antoni moved Gasol to a reserve role and started Earl Clark, a change the coach considered permanent. On February 5 against the Brooklyn Nets, Gasol tore the plantar fascia of his right foot. Gasol had tweaked the fascia in the first half, but played through the soreness until he felt it pop when he tried to block a shot by Brook Lopez towards the end of the game. He returned over six weeks later on March 22 after missing 20 games, with D'Antoni returning him to the starting lineup over Clark. After a two-game adjustment period, Gasol's play was solid, and Bryant insisted that Gasol receive the ball in the post. D'Antoni stated that Gasol had played well since January, and attributed the forward's earlier struggles to injuries and the team's evolving offensive system. "I have a lot more confidence in him now, and he's playing great", D'Antoni said. He finished the season with career lows in points (13.7) and field-goal percentage (.466), and his rebounds (8.6) were his lowest since his first season with Los Angeles.
  • 2012
    On November 18, 2012, in a win against the Houston Rockets, Gasol scored his 15,000th career point.
    More Details Hide Details Bothered by tendinitis in both knees since training camp, Gasol sat out eight games in December before returning to the starting lineup. Later, he was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, but continued playing. General manager Mitch Kupchak told Lakers season-ticket holders the team needed Gasol to be more involved.
  • 2011
    He won the 2011–12 seasonlong NBA Community Assist Award.
    More Details Hide Details After a 1–4 start to the 2012–13 season, the Lakers replaced head coach Mike Brown with Mike D'Antoni. Gasol was struggling after seven games under D'Antoni, averaging 10.1 points and 8. rebounds while shooting 38.8 percent, and he was benched in the fourth quarter in multiple games. The team had difficulties getting Gasol involved in D'Antoni's offense, which historically had not had post players playing forward. Gasol ranked only 27th in the league in post-up points with 2.7 per game, down from prior seasons when he was fifth in 2010–11 and ninth in 2011–12.
    During the 2011–12 NBA season, Gasol and teammate Lamar Odom were subjected to trade rumors involving former New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul. After the trade fell through, Gasol vowed that it would not affect the way he played. Odom, on the other hand, was angry at the Laker organization and was traded to the 2010–11 NBA champion Dallas Mavericks for a future first round pick.
    More Details Hide Details After Lakers co-captain Derek Fisher was traded in March 2012, Gasol joined Bryant as co-captains of the team.
  • 2010
    In 2010, he was chosen as the 15th-smartest athlete in sports by Sporting News.
    More Details Hide Details Challenged by Lakers' coach Phil Jackson to be more assertive while Bryant recovered from offseason knee surgery, Gasol started the season's first week averaging 25.3 points on 52.5 percent shooting, 10.3 rebounds, and five assists per game as the Lakers started 3–0. He was named Western Conference Player of the Week. He earned his third straight All-Star selection and his season averages of 19 points and 10 rebounds were nearly identical to what he had put up as a Laker the previous three seasons. Pau's play also merited him All-NBA second team honors for the first time in his career. In the playoffs, Gasol only averaged 13 points on 42% shooting over 10 games, and the Lakers were swept by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round. Gasol had the worst post season performance of his career. Lakers Hall of Famer and ESPN analyst Magic Johnson cited Gasol as a possible trade option for the Lakers to acquire Magic center Dwight Howard. Gasol ignored the false reports about his relationship status with his girlfriend as the cause of his poor performance and has accepted the criticism of his play as valid.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    On December 24, 2009, Gasol signed a 3-year extension with the Lakers worth $64.7 million.
    More Details Hide Details Gasol earned his third All-Star appearance as a reserve for the Western Conference and finished the regular season with averages of 18.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.7 blocks. In Game 6 of the first round, Gasol grabbed 18 rebounds and his last-second putback eliminated the Oklahom City Thunder. In the conference semifinals against the Utah Jazz, he averaged 23.5 points and 14.5 rebounds, and finally in the conference finals against the Phoenix Suns, he averaged 19.7 points with 7.2 rebounds. In Game 7 of the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics, Gasol scored 19 points, (6–16 FGM-A, 7–13 FTM-A) grabbed 18 rebounds and recorded two blocks as the Lakers repeated as champions.
    Gasol then won his first NBA championship ring when the Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic in the 2009 Finals.
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  • 2008
    Gasol earned his second All-Star appearance as a reserve for the Western Conference squad during the 2008–09 NBA season, his first as a Laker.
    More Details Hide Details He was also named Western Conference Player of the Month after helping the Lakers to an 11–2 record for the month of February that included road wins over Boston and Cleveland. He finished the regular season with averages of 18.9 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1 block per game.
    Gasol scored 14.7 points per game on .532 shooting in the 2008 Finals against the Boston Celtics, which was below his scoring average of 18.9 during the regular season, However, he led the Lakers in rebounding with 10.2 per game throughout the championship series, up from his regular-season average of 8.4.
    More Details Hide Details Los Angeles lost in six games against Boston in the Finals, including a 131–92 loss in Game 6. In the Playoffs, Gasol was the second leading Laker in points (16.9), rebounds (9.3) and assists per game (4.). He was the leader in blocks per game (1.90) and was tied with Lamar Odom with the most postseason double-doubles (10). On January 2, 2009, in a win against the Utah Jazz, Gasol scored his 10,000th career point.
    On February 1, 2008, Gasol was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers along with a 2010 second round draft pick for Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie, the rights to Marc Gasol (Pau's younger brother), and 2008 and 2010 first round draft picks.
    More Details Hide Details There has been some controversy surrounding the trade. Chris Wallace denied in an ESPN article that he had been ordered by owner Michael Heisley to make the Grizzlies more attractive to a potential buyer. Wallace said, "No one put pressure on me to do this, and Michael Heisley has actually been reluctant to move Pau." He also said that they had been "trolling" the waters for a while and dealt with a number of teams. He selected the Lakers deal because "it didn't get any better than this." When Gasol departed the Grizzlies, he held twelve franchise records, including games played, minutes played, field goals made, free throws made and attempted, offensive, defensive, and total rebounds, blocked shots, turnovers, and points. Per game statistics, he leads Memphis in defensive and total rebounds along with blocked shots. On February 5, he made his first Lakers appearance in a game against the New Jersey Nets, during which he scored 24 points and had 12 rebounds in a 105–90 win over the Nets. On March 14, Gasol sprained his ankle in a game against the New Orleans Hornets, stepping on the foot of teammate Vladimir Radmanović in the first quarter. Gasol was expected to miss the remaining three games of the Lakers' road trip after x-rays came up negative. Gasol returned to the starting lineup on April 2 against the Portland Trail Blazers and played nearly thirty-two minutes, registering 10 points, six rebounds and seven assists.
  • 2007
    On January 24, 2007, Gasol recorded his second career triple-double against the hosting Utah Jazz, garnering 17 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists.
    More Details Hide Details He also registered 2 blocks and one steal.
    He surpassed Shareef Abdur-Rahim (7,801 points) as the Grizzlies' all-time leading scorer on March 7, 2007, against the Toronto Raptors (7,809 points at the time).
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  • 2006
    Gasol has since had much success with the Spanish team, winning the 2006 FIBA World Championship and the 2009 and 2011 EuroBasket tournaments, being chosen as the Most Valuable Player in the first two; he also won silver medals at the 2003 and 2007 EuroBasket, and the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.
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    Gasol missed the first 23 games of the 2006–07 NBA season due to a broken foot suffered near the end of Spain's semifinal win over Argentina in the 2006 FIBA World Championship.
    More Details Hide Details He would go on to be named Most Valuable Player of the tournament, which Spain won. He had a season-high 34 points (most by a Grizzly that season), and eight rebounds and tied a career-high and franchise record with eight blocks on January 29 against the Sacramento Kings, and surpassed Shareef Abdur-Rahim as the franchise's all-time leader in free throw attempts on January 31 against the Dallas Mavericks. He became the all-time franchise leader in field goals made on February 6 against the Houston Rockets, and became the all-time franchise leader in minutes played on February 7 at Dallas.
    On February 9, 2006, making his first appearance, Gasol was selected to play in the 2006 NBA All-Star Game in Houston, Texas as a reserve center for the Western Conference.
    More Details Hide Details At the time, he was one of four players ranked among Western Conference forwards in the top ten in points, rebounds, assists and blocked shots. He was the first Spanish basketball player as well as the first Grizzlies player to ever make it to the All-Star Game.
  • 2005
    He scored 31 points and blocked four shots on January 11, 2005, against the Indiana Pacers to earn 5,000 points and 500 blocks in his career, becoming the 10th fastest player to reach 5,000 points/500 blocks since 1973–74.
    More Details Hide Details He also helped his team make it to the playoffs for the second time in his career, but they were eliminated in the first round and did not win a single game against the Phoenix Suns. In his fifth year with the Grizzlies, he became the franchise's all-time leading rebounder on March 24 against the New York Knicks when he grabbed his 3,072nd rebound in a Grizzlies uniform. He made 29 consecutive free throw attempts from January 24 to 28, tying the second best mark in Grizzlies history, including two straight games going 12–12 from the line, tying the best single-game mark in franchise history. Once again, they were eliminated in the first round and did not win a single game against the Dallas Mavericks.
  • 2004
    Gasol was also the highest-scoring player of the 2004 Summer Olympics, and Spain's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics, replacing the injured Rafael Nadal.
    More Details Hide Details In 2014, Gasol was named to the All-tournament team of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. In the 2015 FIBA Eurobasket, Gasol was named the MVP of the competition after some amazing performances, averaging 25.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game (he was the competition leader for points per game, and 4th in rebounds per game). During the knockout matches of the competition, Gasol inspired the Spanish side which was missing many of its stars like Ricky Rubio, Juan Carlos Navarro, Alex Abrines and his brother Marc Gasol. Gasol scored 40 points in the semifinal against France, which was half of his team's points. The 35-year-old player was also named the competition's leader for blocked shots per game (2.3). Gasol is very athletic and quick for a 7-footer (213 cm), allowing him to play both the power forward and center positions, much like fellow European players Toni Kukoč and Dirk Nowitzki. He is a refined scorer in the post and midrange; his overall game is near-ambidextrous and makes it difficult for opposing teams to defend. Gasol uses a variety of midrange jumpers, hook shots, up-and-under moves, and shot fakes to score very efficiently. In addition, his foot speed relative to his size allows him to run the fast break and finish effectively. He is also a skilled passer for a big man, earning 3.3 assists per game over his career.
  • 2003
    He grabbed the 1,500th rebound of his career on November 12, 2003, against the Orlando Magic and scored his 3,000th career point on October 31, 2003, against the Boston Celtics.
    More Details Hide Details Despite having 22 points in Game 4 against the San Antonio Spurs, the highest by a Memphis players in the playoffs, his team was eliminated in the first round, not winning a single game against San Antonio. This was both the Grizzlies and Gasol's first trip to the NBA Playoffs.
  • 2001
    Gasol's first competition with the senior Spain national basketball team was the 2001 EuroBasket tournament, having previously won the 1998 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship and 1999 FIBA Under-19 World Championship with Spanish junior teams.
    More Details Hide Details Being considered, against his own will, the leader of the team, Gasol ended up with the bronze medal in the competition.
    After entering the NBA draft, Gasol was selected third overall in the first round in the 2001 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks, who traded his draft rights to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Shareef Abdur-Rahim.
    More Details Hide Details In Gasol's first season with the Grizzlies, he won the Rookie of the Year Award, and was named to the All-Rookie first team. He averaged 17.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game, and was also the only team member to play in all 82 games that season. Gasol led the team in scoring (19. points per game) in his second year with the Grizzlies, and for the second year in a row, played in all 82 games. Gasol missed the first game of his career, during his third year, with a foot injury on April 5, 2004, which snapped his string of 240 consecutive games played.
    Barcelona was victorious in the Spanish National Cup championship game in 2001, and Gasol was named Most Valuable Player.
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    Gasol was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the third overall pick in the first round of the 2001 NBA draft, but his rights were traded to Memphis.
    More Details Hide Details He currently holds the Grizzlies franchise records for field goals made and attempted, free throws made and attempted, offensive, defensive, and total rebounds, blocked shots, turnovers, and points. After seven seasons with the team, Gasol was traded to the Lakers in 2008. In 2014, he signed with the Chicago Bulls. Gasol has won two Olympic silver medals, an Olympic bronze medal, a FIBA World Cup title and three EuroBasket titles with the Spanish national basketball team. Pau Gasol was born in Barcelona. He began playing basketball as a center with his school team, Alvirne, and he eventually signed with Cornellà. When he was sixteen, he began playing for Barcelona's junior team.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    After moving to the senior team of Barcelona, Gasol played just 25 total minutes in the Spanish ACB League 1998–99 season, and averaged 13.7 minutes per game in the ACB the next year.
    More Details Hide Details However, in his final season in the ACB, Gasol averaged 12.4 points and 5.8 rebounds in 24.7 minutes per game.
    He also won both the 1998 Albert Schweitzer Tournament and the 1998 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    Born on July 6, 1980.
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