Gasol retires after 23-year profession, two NBA titles, three Olympic medals

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BARCELONA, Oct 5 (Reuters) – 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, informed a information convention at Barcelona’s Liceu theatre.

Gasol, who stands 7 toes 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 quick stint with Milwaukee Bucks plus 4 months at Portland Trail Blazers, the place damage prevented him taking part in.

The returned to Barcelona earlier this yr, serving to his boyhood membership finish a seven-year 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 virtually 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.

Reporting by Richard Martin; Editing by Ken Ferris

Soccer Football - Pau Gasol Press Conference - Theatre Liceu, Barcelona, Spain - October 5, 2021  Pau Gasol and FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta during the press conference  REUTERS/Albert Gea

Soccer Football - Pau Gasol Press Conference - Theatre Liceu, Barcelona, Spain - October 5, 2021   Pau Gasol during the press conference   REUTERS/Albert Gea

Soccer Football - Pau Gasol Press Conference - Theatre Liceu, Barcelona, Spain - October 5, 2021   Pau Gasol during the press conference   REUTERS/Albert Gea