Raptors’ Marc Gasol gets standing ovation in first home game in Toronto


Marc Gasol finished with 7 points, 6 rebounds in his Toronto debut and the Raptors won their 4th straight game as they beat the New York Knicks by a 104-99 final.

The person spoke Thursday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the National Basketball Association has not held the trade call.

Gasol said long-time Raptor Jose Calderon, a close friend from their many years together toiling for Spain, offered him the place he still has in Toronto, but Gasol indicated that might not have been a serious offer, since it's being renovated. The 76ers and Bucks have also made major moves as the trade deadline nears, with Philly landing Tobias Harris and Milwaukee getting Nikola Mirotic.

Star point guard Jeremy Lin is slated to reinforce the Toronto Raptors to push their playoff chances. It's exciting. You feel happy.

Although this is the first time that the 34-year-old Gasol has been traded in his 11-year career, the warm welcomes, guidance of others and familiar faces within the organization seem to be helping with his transition. "He's a good player".

Gasol appreciates Toronto's Spanish connection. Raptors assistant Sergio Scariolo coached Spain.

"I gave it my all (in Memphis)", Gasol states.

Gasol's blue-collar work ethic made him one of the Grizzlies' most popular players. Marc was drafted 48th overall by the Lakers in the 2007 draft, then traded to Memphis as part of a deal that sent brother Pau to L.A.

After years of being the biggest star in Memphis, his debut with Toronto was the first time he watched the opening tip of an National Basketball Association game while healthy from the sidelines since December 26, 2008.

"It's not as emotional probably". "You put things into perspective". "Memphis fans - we get some fans in the stands - but not as many as you guys, or "us" now".

"You look at the team and the way the franchise is set up and everybody around it, you understand what they're going for. It's all great things".