Gasol brothers revel in NBA All-Star first for siblings

Fri Feb 13, 2015 5:29pm EST
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pau Gasol and younger brother Marc have enjoyed many things together in life, but Sunday will provide them with an NBA first when they share the floor in the All-Star Game.

The Spaniards will become the first brothers to start the annual game and as centers for their conference teams will face off for the jump ball to open the contest in Madison Square Garden.

They commanded a horde of attention that rivalled the throng surrounding LeBron James and Kevin Durant during Friday's All-Star Media Day.

Who will win the tip?

Marc, 30, of the Grizzlies took the question somewhat seriously.

"I don’t think it matters who wins it," the West center said. "I know we’re both going to go for it, no matter what we say right now."

Pau, 34, now with the Bulls of the East after six-plus seasons with the Lakers, touched on the historical significance.

"It's a once in a lifetime experience," he said. "For this to be the first time is extremely meaningful. We're just thrilled as a family, overwhelmed."   Continued...

Feb 12, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol (16) shoots the ball against Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) during the first quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports