Five years ago today, it all started: Pau Gasol suited up for the Los Angeles Lakers for the first time in a win versus the (then) New Jersey Nets.
Of course, now they’re the Brooklyn Nets and that 7-foot Spaniard has two championship rings, but some things are strangely the same, as well as the date: Gasol was starting at center then (posted 24, 12 and 4 assists in his debut) and he will tonight, too. Kobe Bryant was passing the ball a lot that night (just 6 points but he dished out 8 assists and 5 rebounds) and he’s been doing that a lot recently, also.
Derek Fisher had 28 points that night, so that isn’t happening.
However, enjoy the video below: it was the start of something great. Hopefully, Gasol will be able to put on a similar performance tonight. They’re going to need it.