Marc Gasol surprised by all the Raptors fans in NYC

Atlanta Hawks guard Jeremy Lin drives into Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Atlanta Hawks guard Jeremy Lin drives into Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Now an National Basketball Association veteran, the Asian-American first made headlines when he burst onto the scene in 2011-12 with the New York Knicks, inspiring a global craze known as 'Linsanity.' The craze was so significant that when he hit a game-winning shot against the Raptors in 2012, it drew a huge cheer - in Toronto. The player affectionately known as "Big Spain" said suiting up for team with lofty post-season aspirations, plus a Spanish connection, eased his transition. The veteran is with the team and was a shootaround on Saturday morning.

Jose Calderon picked up a lot of assists while playing for the Toronto Raptors - 4,288 regular season dimes and another 67 in the playoffs to be exact. Imagine having all of them here. But the Grizzlies advanced past the first round of the post-season just three times in the past decade, and didn't make the playoffs at all a year ago. "The amount of energy that you feel around the city is great". "And what you're playing for, it's exciting as well".

On February 7th the Raptors finally got their man. Gasol was sent to Toronto in exchange for Valanciunas, Delon Wright, C.J.

"I gave it my all (in Memphis)", Gasol said, according to Lewenberg. Marc attended tiny Memphis private high school Lausanne Collegiate School. Gasol was also named Defensive Player of the Year in 2013.

So, while being traded might have been a tough adjustment earlier in his career, Gasol sounds like he was ready to make this move.

The US-based sports network's website said Lin, a 30-year-old point guard best known for his "Lin-sanity" run of success with NY in 2012, could wind up with the Canadian club by mid-week.

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