The monumental moment came with 9.21 left on the clock in the third quarter and in doing so became only the tenth foreign born player in the NBA to rack up 15,000 points following the likes of Hakeem Olajuwon (Nigeria), Dominique Wilkins (France), Patrick Ewing (Jamaica), Dirk Nowitzki (Germany), Tim Duncan (U.S. Virgin Islands), Rolando Blackman (Panama), Steve Nash (South Africa), Kiki Vandeweghe (Germany) and Detlef Schrempf (West Germany).
“It feels good,” Gasol said after the game.
“I think it’s something to be proud of and I’m happy that I’ve been able to reach this milestone and I want to continue.
“I want to continue to be as productive as I’ve been throughout my career and it feels good. It’s a good milestone to reach.”
After the made jumper Gasol pumped both of his fists in recognition of his achievement, the Lakers public address announcer sounded out his accomplishment which was met with a standing ovation from the fans.
After the victory on Sunday night Kobe Bryant was quick to praise Gasol’s achievement.
“Hopefully, people will talk about him a little bit, sing his praises a little bit,” Bryant said.
“He’s not the type to toot his own horn. I think it’s important for the city of Los Angeles to pay him respect for what he’s done for this franchise.
“He kind of goes under the radar, slips under the map for whatever reason, but he’s a fantastic player.”
Under Mike D’Antoni, Gasol could well further to flourish under with the new offensive plays that Lakers fans have been promised. Over the last year there have been rumors that Gasol would be traded and on more than occasion has been the center of Lakers fans complaints. No one can doubt the fantastic achievement and long may it continue.
“I just wanted to be successful,” Gasol said.
“I just wanted to make it and earn respect and succeed, and hopefully make people proud of what I was doing and make myself proud of myself.”