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What is the net worth of Pau Gasol?
Pau Gasol is a retired professional basketball player from Spain who has a net worth of $120 million. Pau, a six-time NBA All-Star, played for the Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs, winning two consecutive NBA championships with the Lakers. Internationally, Gasol has achieved many honors, including an Olympic medal, one FIBA World Cup title and three EuroBasket titles.
During his NBA career, Pau Gasol earned $225 million in salary alone. At the peak of his career in 2013/2014, Pau earned $19 million per season from the Lakers.
Early life and beginning of career
Pau Gasol was born on 6 July 1980 in Barcelona, Spain to Marisa, a medical doctor, and Augusti, a nurse administrator. Both his parents played basketball in organized leagues. He has two younger brothers named Mark and Adria. Although he started playing rugby as a youth, Gasol soon turned to basketball. However, he did not originally intend to pursue a career in sports. Upon hearing of Magic Johnson’s HIV diagnosis in 1991, 11-year-old Gasol decided he wanted to become a doctor and find a cure for the disease. As a result, as a young adult, he enrolled in medical school at the University of Barcelona. Ultimately, he left after a year as his career at FC Barcelona progressed.
Early in his playing career, Gasol signed with Cornella. At the age of 16, he started playing for the junior team of FC Barcelona. With the Spain national under-18 team, he won both the Albert Schweitzer Tournament and the FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship in 1998. The following year, he made his debut in the FC Barcelona senior team. When the team won the Spanish National Cup in 2001, Gasol was named the tournament’s MVP.
In the 2001 NBA draft, Gasol was picked by the Atlanta Hawks, who immediately traded him to the Memphis Grizzlies. In his first season with the Grizzlies, Gasol became the first overseas player to win NBA Rookie of the Year honors. He led the team in scoring during his second year, and in 2003, helped the Grizzlies make the NBA playoffs for the first time in franchise history. The team made it to the playoffs again in 2005.
In his fifth year with the Grizzlies, Gasol became the franchise’s all-time leading rebounder, helping the team reach its third playoff. Gasol earned several other distinctions. In 2006, he became the first Spanish player and the first Grizzlies player to make the All-Star Game. He became the all-time franchise leader in both field goals and minutes played.
Los Angeles Lakers
Gasol was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in February of 2008. In his first game, he scored 24 points in a 105–90 victory over the New Jersey Nets. The Lakers made it to the playoffs, where they defeated the Denver Nuggets in the first round. The team then advanced to the Conference Finals by defeating the Utah Jazz, and defeated the San Antonio Spurs to reach the NBA Finals. Ultimately, the Lakers lost to the Boston Celtics in six games. The following season saw even better success, when the Lakers won the NBA Championship over the Orlando Magic to give Gasol their first championship title. He and the Lakers repeated their success the following season, winning the championship in seven games over the Boston Celtics. The following year, however, the Lakers were swept by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the playoffs, and Gasol had the worst season of his career.
Gasol continued to struggle during the 2012–13 season under new Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoine. He was afflicted with tendinitis of both the knees as well as plantar fasciitis. In January of 2013, he suffered a concussion after being hit by JaVale McGee in the fourth quarter of a 112–105 loss. Shortly after returning to the lineup, he tore the plantar fascia of his right foot, causing him to miss even more games. Gasol finished the season with a career low in points and field-goal percentage.
Playing ahead and retirement
In July of 2014, Gasol signed with the Chicago Bulls. He found renewed success in the team, recording a career-high 46 points in a 95–87 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in January of 2015. He scored several double-doubles and triple-doubles, and became 38.th NBA player to reach 10,000 career rebounds.
Gasol signed with the San Antonio Spurs in 2016, and was released in 2019 in a buyout agreement. Thereafter, he signed with the Milwaukee Bucks, with whom he played three games before suffering an ankle injury at the end of the season. Thereafter, Gasol signed with the Portland Trail Blazers, but was waived without playing any games. In February of 2021, he returned to Spain to play briefly for FC Barcelona, before officially retiring in October.
In the Spanish national basketball team, Gasol first participated in the 2001 EuroBasket tournament, where they won the bronze medal. He achieved great success with the Spanish team, winning the 2006 FIBA World Championship and the 2009 and 2011 EuroBasket tournaments. In 2017, Gasol became the all-time leading scorer in FIBA EuroBasket history. Among his other honours, he won silver medals at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics and bronze medals in 2016.
Personal life and philanthropy
In 2019, Gasol married Katherine McDonnell. The next year, they had a daughter named Elisabeth. In his spare time, Gasol enjoys reading historical novels, playing keyboards, and attending operas and concerts.
Gasol is heavily involved in philanthropic efforts. After being named UNICEF ambassador in 2003, she began participating in a number of campaigns focused on infant survival, nutrition and children’s rights in Africa. He has also worked with organizations such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Spain’s Fundación Atresmedia.
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