In what was a bittersweet moment Tuesday, Pau Gasol officially announced his retirement from professional basketball. During the seven seasons Gasol was a member of the Lakers, he was impressively dominant, extraordinary versatile and not only the big man Kobe Bryant needed, but also the one Lakers’ fans deserved.
Once Gasol made his retirement official, reports soon followed that the team was already preparing to retire his jersey in the near future. It’s the correct honor for a player who succeeded at the highest of levels on and off the court.
Gasol’s departure from the league will undoubtedly leave a void, but fortunately, his impact on the game will be carried on by a slew of bigs who have adapted his flare, touch and sheer utility. Tuesday was a farewell, but Lakers fans and basketball fans alike will thankfully soon get their chance to let Gasol know just how much he meant to them when his No. 16 uniform is hung in the rafters at Staples Center where it belongs, and when he is inevitably soon inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as well.
In this week’s edition of Talk-O-Tuesday, our hosts Alex Padilla and Alex Regla waxed poetic about Gasol’s playing career and impending jersey retirement. The duo also touched on the latest quotes and videos coming out of Lakers’ practice, and then finally went through the league’s annual general manager survey, which was surprisingly unkind to Anthony Davis.
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