Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol made history on Thursday when they were voted the first pair of brothers to start in the same All-Star Game. Pau, of the Chicago Bulls, was voted as a starter for the East, while Marc, of the Memphis Grizzlies, will start for the West.
After the voting was finished, Marc noted how memorable it will be to be out there with his brother to start the game.
''Knowing that I will be facing my brother Pau for the opening tip, it will be a true accomplishment for our family and a memory I will cherish for the rest of my career,'' Marc Gasol said in a statement through the Grizzlies. ''It holds special meaning to be voted in by the fans, and I look forward to representing my teammates, the organization, the city of Memphis and entire Mid-South community and Grizzlies fans across the world.''
Pau is in his first season with the Bulls after leaving the Lakers in free agency over the summer and will play in his fifth All-Star Game. He is averaging 18.6 points and a career-high 11.5 rebounds for the Bulls, who are the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 28-16 record. He scored a career-high 46 points earlier this month against the Bucks.
Marc is in his seventh year with the Grizzlies and is averaging 19.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists. It is his second All-Star selection and the first time he has been voted a starter. The Grizzlies are tied for the No. 2 seed in the West with a 30-12 record.
The Spanish siblings will start against one another in the All-Star Game on Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden.
- Jack Jorgensen