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Jimmy Butler surprises former teammate Pau Gasol on Lakers jersey retirement

Jimmy Butler surprises Pau Gasol on Lakers jersey retirement originally appeared nbc sports chicago

The Los Angeles Lakers retired Pau Gasol’s No. 16 jersey on Tuesday night at Arena when they host the Memphis Grizzlies.

Gasol becomes the 12th to have his jersey number retired, and it’s a emotional moment Because his jersey was placed in the rafters directly next to Lakers legend Kobe Bryant’s numbers 8 and 24.

There were many people in the building to congratulate Gasol on this tremendous feat, including Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler. Butler and Gasol were teammates The Chicago Bulls from 2014 to 2016 and the two developed a close relationship.

Gasol was clearly surprised at Butler’s visit, as the Heat star was seen walking to the arena floor with Gasol’s Lakers jersey on. He was immediately seen hugging Gasol and his family.

Butler flew to LA between Heat home games to celebrate with Gasol, and then flew back to Miami to prepare for the team’s Wednesday night game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“What’s this boy’s name? Pau?” Butler said about Gasol with a smile. “I’m here because of Pau, obviously. Congratulations my brother Pau. I love you. Well deserved. The Hall of Fame is coming soon. We all know it. Appreciate you for being me, my brother.” We do.

Gasol played for the Bulls after leaving the Lakers in 2014, and Butler was drafted by Chicago in 2011, and played there until 2017.

During his time there, Gasol played in 150 games and averaged 17.6 points and 11.4 rebounds.

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