Pau Gasol’s First All-Star Start Will Make History

For the very first time in his illustrious career, Bulls’ Spanish big man Pau Gasol has been named a starter in the All-Star game.

Spending his first 13 seasons in the Western Conference, Gasol made four All-Star appearances, but was never voted in as a starter by fans despite all the fanfare that comes with helping the Los Angeles Lakers to two championships.  This is Gasol’s first All-Star appearance since 2011.

Fair to say, his decision to move East has been a success to say the least. Although he is 34 years old, Gasol has found new life in Chicago, as he is in the process of putting together perhaps the best all around statistical year of his career. He is currently averaging 19.3 points, a career high 11.8 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks, also a career high (per 36 min.).

He will be joined in the starting lineup representing the East in Madison Square Garden by John Wall, Kyle Lowry, LeBron James, and Carmelo Anthony.

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Also worth noting that Pau Gasol’s brother Marc is starting for the Western Conference. Marking the first time in NBA history two brothers will be starting in the same All-Star game.

Other starters for the Western Conference are Stephen Curry, Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin, and Chicago native Anthony Davis.

All-Star weekend starts February 13, with the game being played on the 15th.


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