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  • Both his parents played second-division basketball in Spain.
  • Maintenance staff at his school had to build a special desk for him because he was too tall.
  • Planned to become a doctor, but dropped out of med school after a year to pursue basketball.
  • Drafted third by the Atlanta Hawks in 2001, but was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, where he played for seven years before being traded to the L.A. Lakers in 2008.
  • Won the NBA Rookie of the Year award in 2002.
  • Has won two NBA Championships (2009, 2010) and three Olympic medals with Spain (silvers in 2008 and 2012; bronze in 2016).
  • Has worn the same jersey number (#16) for both Memphis and L.A.
  • Joined the Hoops for St. Jude charity program in 2009. The charity benefits the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
  • Speaks English, Catalan and Spanish fluently, and is nearly fluent in Italian and French.


  • Marisa Gasol — Mother
  • Marc Gasol — Brother
  • Agusti Gasol — Father
  • Adria Gasol — Brother


  • Attended University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

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  • Birth Name: Pau Gasol Sáez
  • Birth Place: Barcelona, Spain
  • Profession: NBA player

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