Pau Gasol was born into a family with a long basketball history and has been melting our hearts in the right places since he started performing on the court. The athlete started his basketball career in 1998 and played for several teams such as FC Barcelona (1998-2001), the Memphis Grizzlies (2001-2008), the Los Angeles Lakers ( 2008-2014), and the Chicago Bulls (2014-2016). He currently represents the San Antonio Spurs in the basketball league since 2016.
In the course of his successful career, Pau has exceeded 11,000 rebounds and 20,000 points and has become the 34th “NBA” star to play over 40,000 career minutes. Did we already mention that the basketball player has had a great career? Yes, the basketball player is very popular because he has excelled over the years despite the challenges of the game. His accomplishments include two-time NBA champion (he won both titles at the Los Angeles Lakers), six-time NBA All-Star, NBA Rookie of the Year 2002, and four-time All-NBA selection (2x second and 2x third team). On an international level, Gasol holds a FIBA World Championship title, an Olympic bronze medal, 3 EuroBasket titles with the Spanish basketball team, and two Olympic silver medals.
Pau Gasol’s Bio
The Center/Power Forward of San Antonio Spurs was founded in Barcelona, Spain on July 6, 1980, by the parents of the athletes Agusti Gasol (father) and Marisa Sáez (mother). As an adolescent, he was not only interested in basketball, but also in football and rugby. Later, after he grew up, he shifted his interest to basketball. At first, he was never interested in a career in basketball, as he wanted to become a doctor. After graduating from high school, Pau enrolled in medical studies but dropped out because of his involvement in basketball.
At the age of sixteen, Gasol started to represent the junior team of Barcelona at games. He also won both the 1998 FIBA European Under-18 Championship and the 1998 Albert Schweitzer Tournament. After his brilliant performances in the competitions, Pau switched to the Barcelona national basketball team. In the Spanish ACB league, the power forward played a total of 25 minutes in the 1998-1999 season and played an average of 13.7 minutes per game in the ACB the following year.
Pau participated in the NBA draft and was subsequently selected by the Atlanta Hawks as third in the first round of the 2001 NBA draft. The Hawks allegedly traded Gasol’s draft rights to Memphis Grizzlies, a Memphis, Tennessee-based basketball team, in exchange for professional American basketball player Shareef Abdur-Rahim.
His Parents and Brother
Pau was born as the son of a mother who is a doctor and a father who works as a hospital administrator. Both parents played professional basketball in Spain. His father measures 6 feet 3 inches, while his mother stands at a height of 6 feet 1 inch. The basketball player, who was named Pau Gasol Sáez after his birth, is the first son of his parents; he has two younger brothers who are also prominent basketball players.
The immediate younger brother of Gasol is Marc Gasol. He started his basketball career in 2003 and is currently playing for the Memphis Grizzlies after being drafted by the team as the 48th overall candidate in the 2007 NBA selection. Together with the Grizzlies, Marc effortlessly won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2013. The 7-foot 1-inch center has been a regular fixture for the Spanish national basketball team since 2006. The younger Gasol is also a three-time NBA All-Star and two-time member of the All-NBA team. Marc Gasol was born on January 29, 1985, in Barcelona, Spain, and has been married to Cristina Blesa since 2013. His net worth is estimated at $19.69 million from 2015.
The last child of Agusti and Marisa is named Adria Gasol. He was born on October 5, 1993, in Barcelona, Spain. Adria currently plays men’s basketball for UCLA Bruins and weighs 99.9 kg. Like Pau, he defends his team in the middle position, which corresponds to his height of 2.07 meters.
Wife or Girlfriend – Who is She?
Regarding his marital status, Pau Gasol is not yet married but he is dating Silvia Lopez Castro and recently Catherine McDonnell. Castro and Pau have been together for many years although some unreliable blogs say that the two of them have split up in the meantime and that the basketball player has recently started hanging out with Catherine McDonnell. However, neither Pau nor Catherine has to confirm or deny the report so far.
Height, Weight, and Body Stats
There is no doubt that the Spanish-born center forward has all the prerequisites to fit into the basketball game – he has a good height as well as the general physical fitness for a match. As his NBA draft records show, Pau Gasol is 7ft 0 inch (2.13 m) tall and weighs 250 lb (113 kg), which obviously fits his gigantic stature.