ANDhe Endesa League game between Barça and Casademont Zaragoza played at the Palau Blaugrana was stopped at minute 16 in tribute to Pau Gasol, who this Tuesday announced his retirement as a professional basketball player.

On the same day that the Spanish player confirmed his farewell to the slopes in a ceremony held at the Gran Teatro del Liceo in Barcelona, ??the Barça team -first and last club in which he was a member- played the early duel of the sixth day of domestic competition.

For this reason, before the match, the ACB explained that, according to Barça and Casademont, it would dedicate the 16th minute – Gasol’s historic dorsal – to applaud the Catalan power forward.

Thus, the match, with 33-27 favorable to the local team, stopped four minutes before the break so that those present at the Palau Blaugrana applauded the former player of the Spanish team for a minute, while the Palau video scoreboards broadcast historical images of Gasol.

The public of the Barça pavilion stood up to remember a player who in the 2000-01 season exploded on that same court to make the jump to the NBA, and who a few months ago, at the age of 41, played his last games as a professional to close his second period as a Barça player with the conquest of a League.

Via Marca.com