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Two-time NBA champion Pau Gasol announces retirement; Lakers to retire his No. 16 jersey, per report

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Gasol’s impact on the Lakers was felt immediately after he was traded to L.A., helping them get back to the Finals just a few months after joining the team. The following season, once Gasol was fully acclimated into the Lakers’ system, he and Bryant put together a 65-win season in L.A. en route to a title. Due to his importance with the franchise, the Lakers are planning on retiring Gasol’s No. 16 jersey, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Aside from the Lakers, Gasol also spent time playing for the Chicago Bulls – where he garnered All-Star honors twice – the San Antonio Spurs and Milwaukee Bucks, but his tenure with the Lakers was by far the peak of his time in the NBA. Toward the end of his career, foot injuries began to trouble the versatile big man, and his final year in the NBA came with the Bucks during the 2018-19 campaign.

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