The 16 of Pau Gasol already shines within the Olympus of the Lakers

Gasol’s quantity 16 shirt has been on since tonight on the prime of the Lakers stadium together with Kobe Bryant’sThe reminiscence of Kobe Bryant has been one of the vital thrilling moments of the night timeThe Spanish heart has been surrounded by all his household and associates and colleagues of the ‘golden junior’ and the Lakers

Already empty, silent and with the lights off, just one highlight stays on on the Arena in Los Angeles. The one who illuminates the shirt with the quantity 16 of Pau Gasol who tonight has turn into half, without end, of the legend of the Los Angeles franchise. “To town of Los Angeles, to ‘the nation of the Lakers’: I like you deeply, I like you without end. Thank you for making me really feel so particular,” the Spanish heart stated emotionally within the heart of the sphere the place he has lived such nice moments

Surrounded by his complete household, Pau stepped on the Lakers park tonight wearing full size and with the 2 NBA champion rings on his fingers. He didn’t come to present, as he has all the time accomplished when he has worn the yellow jersey, however to obtain.

In the previous Staples Center there was just one quantity immediately. The 16 that all through his sports activities profession the middle of Sant Boi has worn on his again and that from tonight might be without end subsequent to the 32 of his nice buddy Kobe Bryant. His brother, who by his widow, Vanessa Bryant, gave him one of the vital particular presents of the night time.

“There is not any debate. When he retires, he may have his quantity on the prime of the flag. The actuality is that we’d not have received these two titles with out him. We understand it, everyone knows it,” Kobe stated then. Through tears he has listened to his message, and thru tears Gasol has devoted probably the most emotional phrases of the night time to him.

“I miss him rather a lot, like many people. The brother who raised me up, impressed me, challenged me to be a greater participant and to be a greater man. I like you, brother”, Pau stated whereas the complete stadium broke into applause. “Not in one million years,” he stated, may he think about a night like this, reminding himself of Kobe’s “Mamba Mentality”: “Be the perfect you might be.”

The six-time All-Star additionally remembered that legendary seventh recreation towards the Celtics within the 2010 Finals. “It looks like yesterday (…). What an evening, I’ll always remember it and I do not suppose you’ll both,” he stated.

Gasol thanked his household, associates and teammates (“you deserve a chunk of this shirt,” he stated) and guaranteed that he’ll proceed his profession off the pitch, with the Gasol Foundation, “making this world a more healthy place.”

surrounded by his personal

In addition to his spectacular expertise and fierce aggressive spirit, the Lakers maintain a really particular place for Gasol for his kindness, grace, humility and charitable work.

In this culminating second of his profession, the person from Sant Boi was accompanied by his spouse and youngsters, by his dad and mom and brothers -including Marc Gasol-, and by unforgettable teammates from the ‘golden juniors’ reminiscent of Juan Carlos Navarro, Felipe Reyes, José Manuel Calderón and Raúl López.

But colleagues from his years of wine and roses within the Lakers reminiscent of Derek Fisher or Metta Sandiford-Artest and franchise references reminiscent of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had been additionally current. Who couldn’t be was LeBron James, who’s recovering from damage. Apart from the celebs, he highlighted above all the love and recognition of a virtually full Arena to pay tribute to a Gasol whose identify and quantity will stay without end within the heaven of the Lakers and the Olympus of the NBA.