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Memphis Grizzlies pay tribute to Marc Gasol in first game back in Memphis

Los Angeles Lakers' veteran center Marc Gasol returned to Memphis for the first time in nearly two years, receiving a touching tribute from his former team.

Gasol's last game in Memphis came on Feb. 5, 2019, where he was applauded with a standing ovation, however with no fans in the stands due to COVID-19 protocols, the Grizzlies honoured the Spaniard with a video tribute.

Prior to the game, Gasol reflected on the emotional return to Memphis where he spent the first 11 years of his NBA career.

"It's not just another game just because of the building we're in and how special it is to me," Gasol told The Commercial Appeal. "Obviously once the jump ball starts, all those emotions go away but up until that moment, it's going to be special."

Across 769 regular-season games for Memphis, Gasol averaged 15.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game, earning three All-Star selections, two All-NBA nods (2013, 2015), and was named Defensive Player of the Year (2013).

Gasol was traded to the Toronto Raptors in 2019 where he went on to win an NBA championship. He spent two seasons in Toronto before signing with the Lakers in free agency this off-season.

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