Marc Gasol, who made countless memories during his time with the Toronto Raptors, is officially a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.
After signing a fully guaranteed two-year deal with the defending champs, the 35-year old looks to have a hand in winning the second NBA title of his career. With him, Gasol brings lasting memories from winning his first title in 2019.
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In his introductory presser with the Lakers, Gasol took the time out to speak on how much the city of Toronto and his Raptors teammates mean to him.
"Firstly, I'm going to miss Toronto," Gasol began (per Josh Lewenberg). "Toronto, it's been a great place. My family was settled there, very comfortable. They really enjoyed their time. My kids loved their school. Teachers, parents at the school, everybody that we interacted with we're going to miss dearly."
Gasol, who saw his level of play take a step back this past season, admitted as much as he explained his decision to ultimately join the Lakers, adding that "that's just the way, sadly, this business goes, but I thought my run in Toronto could not get better.
We were always chasing the next ring but I wasn't sure I was going to be able to be the player that they needed me to be there in order to win it. I thought the right thing to do for me was to join the Lakers and contribute to what they've got going on."
Having won a championship in 2019, Gasol knows just as much as anyone what is necessary to win a title in the NBA. He spoke with deep reflection on winning that title and the unbreakable bond will always exist between him and his Raptors teammate.
"I told my teammates that remain there - Kyle, Freddy, Pascal, Norm, and the rest of the guys, and even coach - how much they mean to me, how much they helped me. I'm gonna miss them a lot, I can't lie to you, because we went through something together that's very unique, very special and creates a bond forever, and no one can take that away from us."
Later, Gasol took to Twitter to share one final parting message to the franchise and the city of Toronto.
Thankful for the relationships and memories that will last a lifetime #Toronto pic.twitter.com/48jpTgHltL- Marc Gasol (@MarcGasol) November 25, 2020
Now, Gasol looks to reach the mountaintop with a Lakers team that has also added Montrezl Harrell and Dennis Schröder this offseason. The 2020-21 NBA season is set to tip-off on Dec. 22, 2020.
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