Pau Gasol retires after 23-year profession, two NBA titles, three Olympic medals | More sports News – Times of India

BARCELONA: Spanish basketball nice Pau Gasol introduced on Tuesday that he’s retiring from the game after a 23-year profession.
“I’m here to tell you that I’m going to retire from professional basketball. It’s a difficult decision after so many years but it’s a decision I’ve taken carefully,” Gasol, 41, advised a information convention at Barcelona‘s Liceu theatre.
Gasol, who stands 7 ft 1 inch, made his skilled debut in 1998 with Barca as a centre earlier than being signed by NBA aspect Memphis Grizzlies in 2001.
He received NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and 2010 whereas being chosen within the All-Star workforce on six events.
Gasol later performed for Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs and had a short stint with Milwaukee Bucks plus 4 months at Portland Trail Blazers, the place damage prevented him enjoying.
He returned to Barcelona earlier this yr, serving to his boyhood membership finish a seven-yr wait to win the Spanish championship in June.
Gasol was a talisman for Spain, serving to them win the Olympic silver medal on the 2008 and 2012 Games plus bronze in 2016.
He recovered from nearly two years out injured to compete on the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, the place Spain misplaced within the quarter-finals to eventual winners the USA in his closing worldwide.
Gasol started the information convention by detailing his battle to beat a stress fracture he suffered in his left foot in 2019.
“Not many doctors thought I’d be able to recover but I’m a person who likes challenges and I wanted to fight to do the improbable,” he stated.
“I got to the point where I was relaxed about my career ending, I was at peace. But when things went well I took the decision to sign for Barcelona which wasn’t in my plans. But I managed to win the league with the club where it all began and where I made my debut. It’s been very special.”
Gasol additionally paid tribute to the late Kobe Bryant, his previous Lakers workforce mate who died in a helicopter accident in January 2020.
“I’d have liked him to have been here today but sometimes life is unfair,” Gasol added.
“He taught me to a better competitor, a real winner, I considered him like an older brother.”

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