Pau Gasol's shirt is already in the Olympus of the Lakers: this has been the emotional withdrawal of '16'

The expected moment arrived. With the paraphernalia that American sports care for so much, not without a high dose of emotion from him in the middle of the show, Pau Gasol officially became a legend of the Los Angeles Lakers this morning of March 8 in Spain. That’s how he explains it the ’16’ that hangs from the top of the Crypto.com Arena, the mythical Staples Center, which no one else will be able to use again in the yellow team. A unthinkable feat to be able to achieve a few years ago, but what has been achieved by the unrepeatable player who brought an entire generation a little closer to the NBA, a real ET (as the great Andrés Montes would say) that we were lucky that he was born Spanish.

It was at halftime of the game between the Lakers and Memphisthe team where Pau Gasol made his debut in the North American league and went from being the lanky European designated as soft to one of the most dominant interior players in the league and all star. It had to be in front of his Grizzlies, another sample of how the NBA takes care of the details. Before the thunderous ovation of an audience that once again transmitted the importance it had in the 2009 and 2010 ringsthe black hole that was next to the ’24’ of his friend Kobe Bryanthis battle partner in those two championships, became Gasol square before the tears of the power forward born in Barcelona.

Because the emotion could with Pau in some moments of the ceremony. It was not be for lowerly. The Lakers wanted it to be Vanessa Bryant, Kobe’s wife, the one who through a beautiful video recalled the words of the one who was a great friend of Gasol until the fateful accident in 2010. In them he predicted with the same confidence that he showed on the track that the moment lived last night would arrive. That his jersey would hang in the canopy next to his.

Pau Gasol’s ’16’ will guard every Lakers game from now on along with a collection of talent hardly equaled: Kobe himself, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, James Worthy… A true milestone that few can boast of, but one that was earned freehand with some numbers of 17’7 points, 9’9 rebounds, 3’5 assists, 2 blocks and 0’6 steals per game in the 429 games he played as laker from 2008 to 2014.

In between, he emerged champion in the 2008-2009 season, knocking down the Orlando Magic of Dwight Howard, and in the remembered seven-game series from 2009-2010, prevailing in the seventh for the title against the boston celtics by Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and company.

When talking about Pau Gasol, it will be impossible not to refer to the fact that his legacy was such that he came to put his tentacles among the greatest of one of the most outstanding teams in the sporta consecration that, of course, he already had unanimously in Spanish basketball, which he led to the top by signing exhibition after exhibition.

A competitive beast that forced keep thousands of people up so that they could see how their adventures evolved in an NBA that had references in every corner that you looked at, and Pau not only put close to the starsbut it achieved overcome most of them on the basis of work, effort and continue to evolve. And that ’16’ that completely changed everything already has its just prize. Thanks, Paul.

The expected moment arrived. With the paraphernalia that American sports care for so much, not without a high dose of emotion from him in the middle of the show, Pau Gasol officially became a legend of the Los Angeles Lakers this morning of March 8 in Spain. That’s how he explains it the ’16’ that hangs from the top of the Crypto.com Arena, the mythical Staples Center, which no one else will be able to use again in the yellow team. A unthinkable feat to be able to achieve a few years ago, but what has been achieved by the unrepeatable player who brought an entire generation a little closer to the NBA, a real ET (as the great Andrés Montes would say) that we were lucky that he was born Spanish.

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Deborah Acker

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