(CNN Spanish) – Spanish basketball legend Pau Gasol announced his retirement at a press conference on Tuesday.
“Today considering everything, I am here to communicate what you have already been able to guess: I am going to retire from professional basketball. It is a difficult decision after so many years, but it is a considered decision,” said the Spaniard.
He added that he had wanted to retire while playing, and not diminished by injury, “or on crutches.” Gasol thanked the press, fans, his teammates and coaches.
I invite you to follow the press event live in which I will talk about my professional future. Thank you!
I invite you to follow press event, where I will talk about my professional future. Thank you very much! https://t.co/4KIkoHgEFP
– Pau Gasol (@paugasol) October 5, 2021
The 41-year-old two-time NBA champion had returned to the club where he began his career as a professional basketball player, FC Barcelona, after being inactive since 2019.
Whether as an ambassador for UNICEF or the NBA Cares program, Gasol has long been an advocate for children’s causes and realized early in his career that his status on the court could help people off the court. .
That desire to create change was what gave rise to the Gasol Foundation, led by Gasol and his brother Marc, who played for the Los Angeles Lakers.