Gasol took last summer off from playing with the Spanish national team, which he called “one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever had to make,” but here he was, playing basketball again in the city that he’s embraced as though he’s always lived here.
Gasol’s relationship with Memphis didn’t start out that way.
When Pau was in training camp, we [Pau, Marc, younger brother Adria, and their parents, both medical professionals from Spain] came here and stayed downtown at the Marriott, and then we moved into an apartment in Germantown.
We were all living in a three-bedroom apartment, the five of us.” Later, Gasol attended White Station High School for two days before anyone figured out he lived in Germantown and couldn’t actually attend a (then) Memphis City School.
What follows is a quick roundup of what we know so far.