Led Spain to the silver medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, averaging 19.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.13 blocked shots ... Named MVP of the 2006 FIBA World Championships in leading Spain to the gold medal, despite missing the final due to a broken fifth metatarsal in
his left foot ... Played for Spain in the 2004 Olympics, averaging 22.4 ppg, and 7.3 rpg ... Parents are Marisa, a physician, and father, Agusti, a hospital administrator ... Has two younger brothers: Adria and Marc, the latter a center for the Grizzlies who played high school basketball at Lausanne in Memphis for two seasons before joining Pau's former team of F.C. Barcelona back in Spain ... Marc was drafted by the Lakers in the second round of the 2007 NBA Draft and subsequently was involved in the trade bringing Pau to Los Angeles ... Pau and Marc were teammates on the Spanish national team during the 2006 World Championships and 2008 Beijing Olympics ... Parents both played 2nd-division basketball in Spain ... Parents and brothers lived with him in Memphis during his rookie season ... Speaks three languages: Catalan, Spanish and English ... Planned to become a doctor and attended a year of medical school at the University of Barcelona at age 18 until pro basketball changed his plans ... Began playing at the age of seven, and started as a point guard until he was 13 ... First contact with the NBA was at age 12, watching the original Dream Team on television win the 1992 Olympic Gold Medal in Barcelona ... Ambassador for Spain's UNICEF Committee ... In summer of 2005, visited South Africa with UNICEF as an ambassador in the fight against AIDS ... Traveled to Angola in the summer of 2007 with UNICEF where he visited a children's hospital and raised awareness for children with HIV and AIDS ... Pau has participated in UNICEF and the NBA’s “Unite For Children, Unite Against AIDS Campaign” since its inception in 2006 and is also an ambassador for FAD and the Youth Association “Sonar Despierto” ... In 2009-10 and 2010-11, participated in the Hoops for St. Jude program (monetary donation for every point scored) ... In March of 2010, announced a partnership with Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (involved in community outreach initiatives on behalf of hospital and interactions with Orthopaedic patients ... Along with brother Marc, took part in the NBA’s Basketball without Borders event in Barcelona, Spain in September of 2010.
Drafted by Atlanta in the first round (third overall) of the 2001 NBA Draft ... Draft rights traded to Memphis along with Lorenzen Wright and Brevin Knight for Shareef Abdur-Rahim on 6/27/01 ... Acquired by the Lakers along with a future 2nd round draft pick from the Grizzlies in
exchange for Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie, the draft rights to Marc Gasol and two future first round picks on 2/1/08 ... Two-time NBA Champion (2009, 2010) ... 4-time NBA All-Star (2006, 2009, 2010, 2011) ... Has earned All-NBA honors in each of the last three seasons (Second Team in 2011; Third Team in 2009 and 2010) ... Named 2008, 2009 and 2010 European Player of the Year by La Gazzetta dello Sport ... Western Conference Player of the Month (February 2009) ... 7-time Western Conference Player of the Week (weeks ending 10/31/10, 3/22/10, 2/22/09, 2/8/09, 3/26/06, 3/2/06, 1/2/05) ... 2006 FIBA World Championships Gold Medalist with Spain (MVP of tournament) ... Led Spain to silver medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics ... Led Spain to its first ever European gold medal at the 2009 Eurobasket championships (MVP of tournament) and helped them repeat as champions again in 2011 ... 2002 NBA Rookie of the Year and All-Rookie First Team member ... 4th player ever to go straight from Europe to the NBA and score 10,000 points ... Grabbed 6,000th career rebound 11/23/10 vs. Chicago ... Scored 13,000th career point 1/19/11 at Dallas ...Posted 2,000th career assist 2/26/10 vs. Philadelphia ... Recorded 1,000th career blocked shot 4/14/09 vs. Utah ... One of six players in NBA history to record at least 21 points, 19 rebounds, eight assists and five blocks in a single game (2/8/10 vs. San Antonio) ... 6th fastest player (among players who debuted since 1973-73 (first season of blocked shots)) to record 13,000 points, 6,000 rebounds, 2,000 assists and 1,000 blocks ... Has posted four career triple-doubles and 317 career double-doubles ... Owns 331 career 20+ point games, 40 30+ point games, two 40+ point games and 326 career 10+ rebound games.
Acquired by the Lakers along with a future second round draft pick from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie, the draft rights to Marc Gasol and two future first round picks on 2/1/08.