Before a teammate of Pau Gasol, Kendall Marshall was a fan.
The now 22-year old starting point guard for the Lakers posted the above picture to his Instagram while with Gasol during 2003 All-Star weekend in Atlanta. The 7-foot Spaniard was then in his second season with the Memphis Grizzlies participating in the Rookie Challenge (now known as the Rising Stars Challenge).
At the time, Marshall was 11 years of age growing up in Dumfries, Virg., and was even rated the top player for his age group by one publication.
Marshall went on to play two seasons at North Carolina, earning the Bob Cousy Award in 2012, which is awarded to the nation’s top point guard. He set an ACC single-season record that year with 351 assists.
Prior to the Lakers 102-100 overtime loss, Marshall had recorded at least 10 points and 10 assists in five straight games. He became just the third player in the NBA to record five such consecutive games joining Ty Lawson and Chris Paul.