Let’s meet celebrated basketball player, Marc Gasol, whose exchange in the NBA made history. After his draft rights were transferred to the Memphis Grizzlies for his elder brother Pau Gasol by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2008, the epic trade entered the records as the only known instance where an NBA player was traded in exchange for his own sibling.
Marc joined other talented players in the big league after his selection by the Los Angeles Lakers as the 48th overall pick in the NBA Draft of 2007. The tall and handsome Spanish B-baller is popular as a versatile sportsman who plays from the center position, sporting the number 33 jersey for the Memphis Grizzlies.
His stint with the Grizzlies won him the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2013. Also, he has won the NBA All-Star title for three good times just as he has been named to the All NBA Team twice. Even before his NBA draft, the basketball player has been a notable member of the Spanish National Basketball Team, he was first identified with the team in 2006. Marc has two Olympic silver medals under his belt, a EuroBasket bronze medal, a FIBA Basketball World Cup title, and a EuroBasket silver medal.
Other accolades he has received include the Prince of Asturias Award for Sports, the NBA-All Rookie Team and All-Defensive Team honors, and more.
Marc Gasol Biography
The non-religious Marc Gasol was born as Marc Gasol Saez in Barcelona Spain on the 29th of January 1985. His dad, Agusti Gasol, a hospital administrator, played second division basketball during his youth in Spain. This was also the case with his mum Marisa Saez who is now a qualified medical doctor.
Born under the sun sign of Aquarius, Marc grew up in Spain alongside two brothers Pau and Adria. Pau is the most popular among his brothers. Like Marc, he is a famous basketball player in the National Basketball Association. Pau won the NBA Championship during his time with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Marc Gasol attended Lausanne Collegiate School located in Memphis. It was at Lausanne that he earned “The Big Burrito” as his nickname. As at the time of this writing, the famed basketballer lives with his family in Memphis, Tennessee USA.
His Wife, Brother, and Family
We can conveniently surmise that the Gasol family is a sport-oriented one, both his father Agustí Gasol who works as a hospital administrator and his mother Marisa Sáez who earns a living as a medical practitioner played second division basketball in their country Spain.
During his teenage years, precisely in 2001, his family had to relocate to the Memphis suburb of Germantown, Tennessee. This was after his older brother Pau Gasol Sáez popularly known as Pau Gasol was drafted into the NBA by the Atlantic Hawks.
A delve into the love life of the gigantic basketball player revealed that he is no longer single or dating, Marc is married to Cristian Blesa. From what we learned, their connubial life started on the 7th day of July 2013 after dating for a long time. The fruit of that union, a beautiful daughter named Julia, came in November 2014.
It has been more than five years of marital bliss and the couple is still counting, there is no doubt that they are completely smitten with each other; divorce or separation seems to be very far from them. Even as people have shown a great deal of interest in knowing more about Marc’s wife, his daughter, and what their family life revolves around, these details are hard to come by.
Height, Weight, and Body Stats
The big and bold basketball player stands well above 7 feet in height, NBA records listed his height at an astounding 7 feet 1 inch which is approximately 2.16 m. The veteran sportsman’s listed weight is 116 kg which complements his great height. Marc’s colossal size led to him being nicknamed Big Burrito during his high school years.
Marc Gasol has normal fair skin with distinct cheeks. His hair is brown in color, straight and always cut short while his eyes are green. It is said that Gasol’s chest measures 48 inches, his biceps 17 inches and his waist, 42 inches.