Retiring his Lakers jersey, Gasol considers it an honor for him

Retiring his Lakers jersey, Gasol considers it an honor for him.

May 5, 2020, Clutchpoint – During his time with the Lakers, Pau Gasol helped the team win two NBA championships as the second in command. That makes it likely that he will see his No. 16 jersey retired with the Lakers, and in an interview with Clutchpoint, Gasol talked about the relevance.

If it does happen (jersey retirement), it would be an honor for me,” Gasol said. It would mean a lot to me, and the fans would be happy. If this comes true, it would be more than a dream come true for me.”

Lakers Retired Jerseys

Every team in the NBA sets different standards for jersey retirement, and the Lakers are considered one of the strictest teams. As one of the NBA’s giants, the purple and gold, 70 years of team history, got 16 championships, but also only retired the jerseys of 10 players. And the Celtics, who have a similarly illustrious team history, have retired as many as 22 NBA jersey numbers.

As you can imagine, with such strict criteria, any player who can enjoy the honor of retiring a Lakers jersey is, without exception, a huge star. These ten Lakers stars are –

Wilt Chamberlain (No. 13): 1968-1973 season is also the last five seasons of his career spent in the Lakers, including the 71-72 season he led the Lakers to win the NBA championship, and was crowned FMVP. November 9, 1983 his No. 13 jersey was retired by the Lakers.

Elgin Baylor (No. 22): 1958 first-round draft pick, 14 years of his career all for the Lakers, averaging 27.4 points, 13.5 points and 4.3 assists per game, 11 times selected as an All-Star, 10 consecutive best team. But it was a bad time to be born, never winning a title in his career. His number 22 jersey was retired by the Lakers on November 9, 1983.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (#33): After transferring to the Lakers in 1975, he played in Los Angeles for 14 seasons, forming the two pillars of the Lakers with Magic, leading the team to five NBA championships. During his time with the Lakers, he won four regular season MVPs, one Finals MVP, 13 All-Star selections, 10 Best XI’s, seven Best Defensive XI’s, three Caps, and one Rebound King. He was the greatest superstar of the 70’s. On March 20, 1989 the number 33 jersey was retired by the Lakers.

“Magic” Johnson (No. 32): 13 seasons of career all play in the Lakers, ShowTime era leader, won five championships, three regular season MVP, three Finals MVP, 12 times selected for the All-Star, 10 times selected for the best lineup, known as the greatest point guard of all time. 1992 On February 16, No. 32 jersey was retired by the Lakers.

James Worthy (#42): Played all 12 seasons for the Lakers, was a core member of the ShowTime era, won three championships, one Finals MVP, and was named an All-Star seven times. 42 was retired by the Lakers on December 10, 1995.

Gayle Goodrich (#25): Played 9 seasons for the Lakers, was one of the core members of the 1971-72 championship team, and was selected as an All-Star 5 times in his career. 25 jersey was retired by the Lakers on Nov. 20, 1996.

Wilkes (#52): Played 8 seasons for the Lakers, won 3 championships and was selected as an All-Star 3 times. 52 jersey was retired by the Lakers on Dec. 28, 2012.

Shaquille O’Neal (#34): Spent the peak of his career with the Lakers for 8 seasons, winning 3 championships for the team, throughout his career, he won 4 championships, 1 regular season MVP, 3 Finals MVP, 15 All-Star selections and 14 Best XI selections. 34 jersey was retired by the Lakers on April 2, 2013.

Kobe Bryant (No. 8/24): 20 years for the Lakers , won five championships, one regular-season MVP, two Finals MVP, four All-Star Game MVP; a total of 18 times selected for the NBA All-Star team, 15 times selected for the NBA’s best lineup, 12 times selected for the NBA’s best defensive lineup. He is one of the top scorers in NBA history and the Lakers’ all-time scoring champion. on December 19, 2017, the Lakers hosted the Warriors and held a retirement ceremony for Kobe’s two jerseys, No. 8 and No. 24, at halftime.

Gasol’s personal peak was with the Grizzlies, but with the Lakers was the stage where his team honors rose to the top. He played seven seasons with the Lakers, helping the team win two championships in 2009 and 2010, being selected as an All-Star six times and being named to the Best XI four times. Considered by Kobe as the best teammate of his career.

Compared to the 10 superstars who have retired their jerseys, Gasol, as the core of the Lakers’ last two titles, is still able to meet the standard in terms of honors. And he wore the number 16 jersey is not considered a legendary number, the more well-known in history in addition to him is Peja and Jerry Lucas.