Native to the Mediterranean city of Barcelona, Spain, Marc Gasol and his brother Pau, became massive basketball icons pretty early on. Pau was the first one to cross the Atlantic and established himself as an NBA superstar. But his brother, Marc, followed in his footsteps pretty soon after.
The Gasol family moved to Tennessee in 2001 when Pau joined the Memphis Grizzlies. Marc Gasol played high school basketball at Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis where they nicknamed him, “The Big Burrito.” After that, he went back to Spain to play in La Liga ACB for FC Barcelona. In 2007, he was drafted by the Lakers, but had his rights traded to Memphis for his brother, Pau, before he ever played an NBA game. He spent the first 10 seasons of his career with Memphis, and was one of the founding fathers of the “Grit and Grind” Grizzlies who catapulted the franchise to new heights.
And now, he will officially join the Lakers family for at least 2 years. With Gasol, L.A. brings in a former All-Star to fill the void in the middle created by the departures of Javale McGee and Dwight Howard, who recently signed with the Philadelphia 76ers as a free agent.