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PAU GASOL

PERSONAL

Named MVP of the 2006 FIBA World Championships in leading Spain to the gold medal, despite missing the final due to a broken fifth metatarsal in his left foot ... Played for Spain in the 2004 Olympics, averaging 22.4 ppg, and 7.3 rpg ... Parents are Marisa, a physician, and father, Agusti, a hospital administrator... Has two younger brothers: Adria and Marc, a 6-10 center who played high school basketball at Lausanne in Memphis for two seasons before joining Pau's former team of F.C. Barcelona back in Spain ... Pau and Marc were teammates on the Spanish national team during the 2006 World Championships ... Parents both played second-division basketball in Spain ... His parents and brothers lived with him in Memphis during his rookie season ... Speaks three languages: Catalan, Spanish and English ... Native of Catalonia, a region on the coast of Spain ... Planned to become a doctor and attended a year of medical school at the University of Barcelona at age 18 until pro basketball changed his plans ... Began playing at the age of seven, and started as a point guard until he was 13 ... First contact with the NBA was at age 12, watching the original Dream Team on television win the Olympic Gold Medal in Barcelona in 1992 ... Lists Michael Jordan as the most exciting player he's ever played against ... Is a five-year sponsor of Tickets for Kids with "Pau's Amigos" ... Is a member of the Grizzlies' All-Star Reading Team, and has participated in the Grizzlies' Stay in School Challenge Reception ... Participated in the Read to Achieve Tip-off event at the Collierville Town Library last season where he read to kids, signed autographs and helped open the reading and learning center inside the library ... Has done public service announcements for Memphis City Schools Reads, UNICEF and Memphis City Schools Fight Free Fifty, which encourages MCS students to go 50 days without fighting in school ... Met with patients of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital during their Thanks & Giving Campaign last year... Along with the PSA he did for UNICEF, during the summer of 2005 he visited South Africa with the organization to act as an ambassador in the fight against AIDS. Learn more about Pau's activities as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador.

PRE-NBA

An early entry candidate for the 2001 NBA Draft ... Member of one of the top teams in the ACB, the top professional basketball league in Spain ... Was a member of teams that won the ACB Championship and Junior World Championship in 1999 ... Playing for Barcelona's junior team, he was an integral part of the team that won the 1998 Albert Schweitzer Tournament and the 1998 European Junior Championship ... Was named MVP of the Spanish National Cup (Copa del Rey) after leading team to victory in Malaga, Spain ... Delivered a breakthrough season in 2000-01 as a 20-year-old playing for F.C. Barcelona ... Played in 29 of team's first 33 games, averaging 11.3 points and 5.2 rebounds in 23.8 minutes.




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Category: Lakers Roster | Added by: KobeBryant (16/December/2010)
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