The Los Angeles Lakers announced Wednesday that they will retire Pau Gasol's jersey during the upcoming NBA season.
Gasol is a six-time NBA All-Star, the 2001-02 NBA Rookie of the Year, and a two-time NBA Champion. He averaged 17 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 3.2 APG, and 1.6 BPG across 1,226 games with five different teams. The Spanish big man was a key factor in the two championships he won alongside Kobe Bryant with the Lakers. His illustrious playing career is Hall of Fame worthy, an honor he may also receive in 2023.
Gasol joined the Chicago Bulls ahead of the 2014-15 NBA season. During his two-year stint in the Windy City, he made the All-Star team twice and helped lead the Bulls to a playoff appearance. Gasol appeared in 150 games for the Bulls and averaged 17.6 PPG and 11.4 RPG. The offense often ran through him during his time in the red and black.
It's always cool to see a great player, teammate, and person receive an accolade like this. Pau Gasol's No. 16 will head to the rafters of Crypto.com arena on March 7, 2023.