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Basketball maestro Marc Gasol announces retirement after 13 NBA seasons

After an illustrious career spanning 13 NBA seasons and seven additional years in Spain, the formidable Marc Gasol has officially announced his retirement from professional basketball. The 39-year-old, renowned for his tenure with the Toronto Raptors, bid farewell to the sport after last playing for Bàsquet Girona, a team he co-founded in 2014.

During his time with Bàsquet Girona, Gasol showcased his enduring skills, averaging 10.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game across 30 appearances last year. Not only was he a player for the team, but he also held the position of the team’s president. Despite not taking the court in the current season, Gasol’s impact and legacy remain indelible.

Standing at 6-foot-11, Gasol, a three-time NBA All-Star and two-time All-NBA player, etches his name in basketball history as the recipient of the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2013. His influence extended beyond individual accolades, notably contributing to the Toronto Raptors’ NBA championship victory in 2019. Gasol joined the Raptors in 2019, traded for Jonas Valanciunas and Delon Wright, and played a pivotal role in the historic series against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Marc Gasol was a part of Grizzlies before signing with Raptors

Before his time with the Raptors, Gasol spent 11 seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies, becoming the organization’s second-all-time leading scorer. Shams Charania reports that the Grizzlies plan to retire Gasol’s No. 33 jersey, a fitting tribute to his impact on the team.

Gasol’s journey also included a stint with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he signed a two-year deal after the 2020 season. However, he returned overseas after a single season with the Lakers. Gasol leaves behind an impressive international legacy, having played a crucial role in leading the Spanish Men’s National team to numerous triumphs, including two World Cup gold medals, two FIBA EuroBasket gold medals, and two Olympic silver medals. As the basketball world bids farewell to a true legend, Marc Gasol’s contributions will be remembered as a testament to his skill, leadership, and championship pedigree.

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