The sixth season of Legends Of Sport’s podcast concludes this week with repeat guest and special friend of LOS, Lakers legend Pau Gasol! The Los Angeles Lakers recently retired Pau’s #16 jersey and in August, he will be enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2023.
Hear Andy and Pau discuss the genesis of his Lakers jersey retirement, reflections on his Hall of Fame induction, his trade to the Lakers in 2008 & the revitalization that ensued, his personal introduction to the Lakers-Celtics rivalry, his transition from European ball to the NBA, his relationship with Phil Jackson, his remarkable return from injury to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, thoughts on his legacy, the importance of making an impact, conversations with Kobe about fatherhood, helping athletes transition after it ends, and so much more!
Other Topics Discussed in this Episode:
2:51 Pau reflects on his Lakers jersey retirement on March 7, 2023
8:53 Pau recalls his trade to the Lakers, Kobe’s leadership and how the team instantly “flipped the switch” to a championship mentality
14:35 Lakers vs. Celtics rivalry, 2008 & 2010 Finals and Pau’s physical matchup against KG
17:35 How Pau adjusted to the NBA’s more physical style of play
20:25 Pau’s close bond with Coach Phil Jackson
23:05 Playing in his 5th Olympic Games representing Spain at Tokyo 2020
27:58 The impact and legacy Pau wants to create through his children and the Gasol Foundation
31:50 Pau’s 2013 book Life / Vida with photographer Lori Shepler, chronicling his life on and off the court
33:52 Pau and Kobe’s conversations about fatherhood
38:50 Pau’s desire to help professional athletes transition to 2nd career post retirement