PHOTO: An 11-year-old Kendall Marshall met Pau Gasol in 2003


It’s crazy how life can have these kind of coincidences.

Back in 2003, an 11-year-old Kendall Marshall met Pau Gasol – who was 22 at the time, the same age as Marshall is now – at the 2003 All-Star Weekend in Atlanta. Gasol was in town to play in the Rookie-Sophomore game as a second-year player after winning the Rookie of the Year award in 2002.

Marshall posted the photo of the encounter to his Instagram account today and Gasol later responded on his Twitter account.

“Time flies!” Gasol wrote.

Little did Marshall know at the time that later he’d be teammates with Gasol in Los Angeles. The same goes for Gasol, who likely never expected to be traded to the Lakers and win two NBA championships, let alone end up playing alongside the 11-year-old kid who wanted to take a photo with him.

That’s life.

Written by Ross Pickering

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