Pau Gasol says he's going home, signing again with Barcelona
FILE - Milwaukee Bucks' Pau Gasol warms up before the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Milwaukee, in this Thursday, March 7, 2019, file photo. Pau Gasol is going home, announcing Tuesday that he will sign to play with FC Barcelona again and rejoin the franchise with which he started his professional basketball career more than 20 years ago. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash, File)BARCELONA – Pau Gasol is going home, announcing Tuesday that he will sign to play with FC Barcelona again and rejoin the franchise with which he started his professional basketball career more than 20 years ago. Gasol is a six-time NBA All-Star, winning a pair of championships with the Los Angeles Lakers. The 40-year-old who was born in Barcelona last appeared in the NBA on March 10, 2019, for Milwaukee.
Former Lakers player names newborn after Kobe Bryant’s daughter, Gianna
Former Laker’s player Pau Gasol has given a very meaningful name to his newborn daughter — one that honors the Bryant family. Gasol and his wife, Catherine McDonnell’s first child was named in honor of Kobe Bryant and his late daughter, Gianna. The newborn’s full name is Elisabet Gianna Gasol. Elisabet Gianna Gasol 😍, a very meaningful name for our super beautiful daughter!! Kobe and his daughter Gianna were victims of a helicopter crash, along with seven others, in Calabasas, California.
Grizzlies' Ja Morant wins NBA's rookie of the year award
(AP Photo/Mike Ehrmann, Pool, File)LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. The first three baskets of Memphis season set the tone for Ja Morants rookie year. Morant was announced Thursday as the runaway winner of the rookie of the year award for 2019-20, the first Grizzlies player to win the award since Pau Gasol in 2001-02. Morant averaged 17.8 points and 7.3 assists this season, picking up three Western Conference rookie of the month awards along the way. 1 pick in the 2019 draft missed much of his rookie season while dealing with injury. Memphis lost the first and only game of that series to Portland, meaning the Grizzlies were just two wins shy of the postseason.
Kobe Bryant Honored at 2020 ESPYS With Touching Performance by Snoop Dogg
Kobe Bryant is gone, but not forgotten. Almost five months after the NBA star's untimely death in a helicopter crash, the Los Angeles Lakers champion was honored on Sunday night during the 2020 ESPYS. Rapper Snoop Dogg performed a moving tribute to Bryant during the two-hour virtual show. @SnoopDogg pays tribute to Kobe pic.twitter.com/9X2P1ldoQC SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 22, 2020Prior to the performance, the ESPYS called the segment "a love letter to Kobe Bryant from the people of Los Angeles." For more on Bryant's passing, watch the clip below:RELATED CONTENT:How the 2020 ESPYS Will Honor Kobe BryantVanessa Bryant Urges Congress to Pass New Helicopter Safety ActKobe Bryant's Pilot May Have 'Misperceived' Orientation of Helicopter
AP source: Pau Gasol, Spurs set on $30 million, 2-year deal
The San Antonio Spurs didn't waste any time after losing out in the Kevin Durant sweepstakes. The Spurs agreed to a two-year deal with veteran forward Pau Gasol on Monday, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The Timberwolves offered him a two-year deal worth $36 million to open negotiations, but Gasol wanted to play for a team that was ready to contend for the championship. The Spurs will have to make roster moves to accommodate Gasol's deal, which was first reported by Yahoo Sports. Should that happen, Gasol gives the Spurs a player who could slide right into that role.