Marc Gasol: Memphis will retire its No. 33

Marc Gasol has been a symbol of European basketball and beyond: his professional playing career spanned 20 years and he won everything he could win, including an NBA title in 2019 with the Toronto Raptors, two World Cups and two European Championships with the Spanish national team, and a EuroCup with Girona in 2007, but it is in Memphis where he is still most fondly remembered by locals.

With the Memphis jersey, Marc Gasol played a whopping 769 games, succeeding his brother Pau in the hearts of the Grizzlies people, whose style of play personified to the fullest that grit’n’grind, a philosophy of life applied on the parquet that made those Grizzlies one of a kind: together with Zach Randolph, he formed for several seasons one of the best pairs of longs in the entire NBA and made Memphis competitive as never before and, for now, in the future.

For all these reasons, the Tennessee franchise has decided to to retire jersey number 33, which will hang from the ceiling of the FedEx Forum on April 6 and will no longer be worn by any player of the Grizzlies, who will celebrate the youngest of the Gasol brothers as they have already done for their friend Randolph.

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