LOS ANGELES — Pau Gasol will join a long line of legendary great men when his number retires from the Lakers’ rafters next season.
LA will honor Gasol’s number 16 on March 7 when it hosts the Memphis Grizzlies, the team announced Wednesday as part of its planned 2022-23 release.
Traded from Memphis to LA in 2008, Gasol, along with Kobe Bryant, led the Lakers to three consecutive NBA Finals appearances and two championships.
Gasol played in LA until 2014, when he signed with the Chicago Bulls as a free agent. He earned three of his six career All-Star appearances during his time with the franchise.
Last fall, he retired from basketball after a final season in his native Spain.
Gasol’s jersey hangs alongside Hall of Fame centers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal and Wilt Chamberlain, as well as Bryant, Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, James Worthy, Gail Goodrich and Jamaal Wilkes.