In the history of basketball, Pau Gasol is one of the most accomplished basketball players in the history of the game. In 2002 he was called the NBA Rookie of the Year, making him the initial non-American player to have won the award.
To date he has won every title there is to be won in the NBA. Universally, he has won in the Olympics as well as in the FIBA world cup. In 2008, Pau became the first Spanish player to reach the NBA final.
Pau Gasol Biography
Pau is a Spanish NBA player who was born on 6th July 1980, in Barcelona, Spain, to Marisa and Agusti. His parents shifted him to Sant Boi de Llobregat when he was just 2 years old, despite the fact that he was born across Barcelona.
Due to his father being a nurse administrator and his mother being a prevalent medical doctor, neither of his parents had any experience in Basketball. In High School, Pau Gasol played for his school team before signing with the Catalan basketball team Cornella.
At the age of 16, Pau was drafted into Barcelona’s junior team. The younger brother of Pau, Marc Gasol, is also an NBA player who is presently playing with Toronto Raptors.
Pau Gasol Career
During 2001, Memphis Grizzlies came calling and contracted for him where he played for them till 2008 when he boarded for Los Angeles Lakers. His initial season with the Grizzlies saw him capturing the Rookie of the year award.
Pau’s first two seasons with the Grizzlies saw them playing all 164 games and only came to miss a game in his 3rd season with a foot grievance. On February first, the Grizzlies agreed to trade him for numerous players to Los Angeles Lakers, a trade that was surrounded by some controversies.
After 4 days, he made his debut with the Lakers, where he recorded 24 points and 12 rebounds. He went on to play for the Lakers till 2014 when he joined the Chicago Bulls. Pau Gasol only had two years with the Bulls before joining San Antonio Spurs for three years beginning in 2016.
His foot grievance saw him being released by the spurs during 2019 and contracted with Milwaukee Bucks and only played 3 games for them before being released again owing to injury. The Portland Trail Blazers contracted him the same year but abandoned him without making a single presence for them.
Pau Gasol Net Worth
In 2009, he signed a three-year contract with the Lakers which is worth $64.7 million. He became the NBA Champion in 2010 and is aligned with NBA Legends. Based on several reports, Pau’s net worth will be nearly $125 million by 2022. A major part of his income comes from his advertising and basketball career.
Not only has this, but Pau also has several endorsements deals with the topmost brand that assist in growing his net worth or worth. The world’s finest Spanish former professional basketball player Pau Gasol has a predicted net worth of $ 125 Million. Day by day, his net worth is rising.
He signed a contract worth $64.7 million in 2009 which helped make him rich. As per predictions, he earns a predicted $2.5 million per year for endorsements alone. During 2014, he earned $19 million per season, but he has made more than $100 million based on his hard work and experience.
Pau Gasol Relationship
In July 2019, Gasol wedded Catherine McDonnell. He shared an image from his wedding on Instagram.
On 13th September 2020, the couple’s girl child Elisabet Gianna Gasol was born.
Pau Gasol Awards
During his career, awards and medals have been the order of the day. In 2001, he was the NBA champion, a feat he would repeat during the following year. 2002 saw him becoming the NBA Rookie of the Year, an honor that was yet to be won by a non-American player.
Among his several awards are 6 NBA all-stars awards, 2 Mr. Europa awards, Two FIBA Player of the Year awards, and 4 Eurostar awards. So far, he has gathered a record twenty medals with the Spanish National Team, among them 6 gold medals.
Pau Gasol Interesting Facts
Pau Gasol was elected to the International Olympic Committee in 2021. With the Spanish national basketball team, Pau has won a FIBA World Cup, 3 EuroBasket Titles, 2 Olympic silver medals, and an Olympic bronze medal. In addition, he was voted FIBA World Cup MVP in 2006 and FIBA EuroBasket MVP in 2009 and 2015.
In 2003, he was selected as a UNICEF ambassador and has subsequently participated in several campaigns, involving numerous trips to Africa to participate in UNICEF programs.