By TALES AZZONI, AP Sports activities Author
MADRID (AP) — Pau Gasol introduced his retirement from basketball on Tuesday, ending a profession that lasted greater than 20 years and earned him two NBA titles and a world championship gold with Spain’s nationwide staff.
The 41-year-old Gasol had already introduced his farewell from worldwide basketball in August after Spain misplaced to america within the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Video games, which marked his fifth Olympics.
Gasol had been with Spanish membership Barcelona since February. His profession had stalled earlier than that as a result of a left-foot stress fracture that lingered and stored him from taking part in for practically two years.
“I will retire from skilled basketball,” Gasol mentioned. “It’s a tough resolution after so a few years, but it surely’s a choice that I actually thought over.”
The retirement announcement was made in an occasion at a opera home in Barcelona attended by former teammates and relations, together with his spouse, younger daughter and brother Marc.
Gasol received two NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers, in 2009 and 2010, and averaged 17 factors and 9.2 rebounds in 1,226 regular-season video games with 5 NBA groups, together with the Memphis Grizzlies, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs and Milwaukee Bucks. He was the No. 3 decide within the 2001 NBA draft, being chosen by Atlanta and traded to Memphis.
Gasol final performed within the NBA with the Bucks in 2019. He signed with the Portland Path Blazers that yr however by no means obtained to play.
Gasol received a world championship title with Spain in 2006, along with European titles in 2009, 2011 and 2015.
He helped Spain win Olympic silver medals in 2008 in Beijing and 2012 in London, in addition to a bronze in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.
Gasol just lately received an election to characterize athletes for the following seven years on the Worldwide Olympic Committee. He joined an IOC membership checklist drawn variously from European and Center East royal households, worldwide sports activities our bodies, enterprise leaders and 12 athletes elected by their friends.
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