Pau Gasol considering retiring from basketball
Two-time NBA champion Pau Gasol admits he’s thinking about retiring from basketball.
Gasol signed with the Portland Trail Blazers last summer. But he was unable to rehab his foot injury and the team waived him.
Gasol gave El País — a daily newspaper based in Madrid, Spain — an interview recently and revealed that retirement is on his mind since he’s getting older and his foot is still in recovery:
“With this recovery process and the injury that I have been dealing with for more than a year, it’s undoubtedly inevitable to think about retirement,” Pau Gasol said. “Also, taking into account that I will be 40 years old in a few months. So, it’s definitely on my mind.”
Gasol, who began his NBA career with the Memphis Grizzlies, split time last season with the San Antonio Spurs and Milwaukee Bucks. He appeared in 30 games because of the foot injury and averaged 3.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists while shooting 44.7 percent from the floor, 46.2 percent from beyond the arc and 70.0 percent from the free-throw line.
Gasol has career NBA averages of 17.0 points and 9.2 rebounds with the Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Spurs and Bucks. He won two titles with Kobe Bryant on the Lakers after Los Angeles acquired him from Memphis.
Gasol is a six-time NBA All-Star and was the 2002 Rookie of the Year with the Grizzlies. He will be a future Hall-of-Famer one day. But hopefully Gasol can play one more season before calling it quits.