Los Angeles Lakers to Retire Pau Gasol’s No. 16 Jersey

Pau Gasol’s name and number are headed to the rafters…

The 42-year-old Spanish former professional basketball player will join a long line of legendary players when his number is retired in the Los Angeles Lakers‘ rafters next season.

Pau Gasol

The Lakers will honor Gasol’s No. 16 on March 7 when it hosts the Memphis Grizzlies, the team has announced as part of its schedule release for 2022-23.

Gasol, a six-time NBA All-Star and a four-time All-NBA team selection, was traded from the Memphis to L.A. in 2008 and teamed with Kobe Bryant to lead the Lakers to three straight NBA Finals appearances and two championships.

Gasol played in L.A. until 2014 when he signed with the Chicago Bulls as a free agent. He earned three of his six career All-Star appearances in his time with the franchise.

He retired from basketball last fall after a final season in his native Spain.

Gasol’s jersey will hang alongside Hall of Fame centers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal and Wilt Chamberlain as well as Bryant, Magic JohnsonJerry WestElgin BaylorJames Worthy, Gail Goodrich and Jamaal Wilkes.

Rauw Alejandro Releases Dance-Pop Track “Todo De Ti”

Rauw Alejandro is giving it everything

In a departure from his signature urban-leaning sonority, the 28-year-old Puerto Rican singer/rapper has released “Todo De Ti,” a dance-pop track with summer anthem potential.

Rauw Alejandro

Produced by Mr. NaisGai, the single allows Alejandro to show off not only his dancing abilities and rollerskating skills, but also his chameleonic abilities to shift gears and go from hard-core reggaeton to a sweet, groovy pop tune.

Spreading ’80s dance-floor nostalgia, the track is accompanied by an atmospheric video directed by Marlon Peña.

The video includes Alejandro’s smooth dance moves and a cameo by four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal, who joins Alejandro and company in a skating ring dance battle. 

Trujillo & His Metallica Bandmates to Appear on CBS’ “Carpool Karoake: The Series”

Robert Trujillo is sharing a special ride…

The 52-year-old Mexican American musician and his Metallica bandmates will belt out their hits in CBSCarpool Karoake: The Series, which will be streamed on Apple Music, the portal’s first series.

Robert Trujillo

Based on James Corden’s Late Late Show popular segment that has become a viral video sensation, Carpool Karaoke: The Series will feature 16 celebrity hosts — one of whom is Corden, paired with Will Smith — riding along in a car together as they sing tunes from their personal playlists and surprise fans who don’t expect to see big stars belting out songs one lane over.

In addition to Corden, Smith, Metallica, those appearing in the series include Shaquille O’Neal, Seth MacFarlane, Billy Eichner, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Ariana Grande, Chelsea Handler, Blake Shelton, Michael Strahan, Jeff Gordon, John Cena and more.

In a panel for the show at the Television Critics’ Association summer press tour, Corden addressed what the series means for the famed bit on The Late Late Show. “I’m still going to see my kid on the weekends,” said Corden. “This just became a wonderful platform to see these people in a such an intimate environment. I don’t feel it’s mine.”

Carpool Karaoke is produced by CBS Television Studios and Fulwell 73. Corden and Ben Winston serve as co-creators and executive producers along with executive producer and showrunner Eric Pankowski.

Pitbull to Perform as Part of TNT’s “Road Show” During NBA All-Star Weekend

Pitbull is ready for a star-filled night…

TNT will bring its “Road Show” to the NBA All-Star weekend, featuring a performance from the 36-year-old Cuban American rap superstar to get the party started.

Pitbull

The network has announced that the 70,000 square-foot hub is coming to New Orleans and will be located near Smoothie King Center, where the All-Star game will be played on Sunday, February 19.

The wildly popular Inside The NBA studio show with Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal will broadcast live from there.

Pitbull will put on a free show after the All-Star Saturday night competitions, including the slam dunk contest, take place.

There will also be interactive experiences for the fans, basketball clinics and merchandise for sale. The “Road Show” will be setup on Thursday, February 16 and run through the weekend.

Diaz to Appear on “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night”

It’s game on for Cameron Diaz

The 41-year-old half-Cuban American actress will appear during Jimmy Kimmel’s primetime editions of Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night.

Cameron Diaz

For the seventh consecutive year, in conjunction with the NBA Finals, ABC will air the late night talk show host’s primetime specials, which will air every night of the NBA Finals beginning with Game 1 on Thursday, June 5.

Broadcasts will feature basketball editions of Kimmel’s signature comedy bits Mean Tweets and Lie Witness News.

In addition to Diaz, guests for these shows include Jason Segel, Tracy Morgan, Mila Kunis, Martin Lawrence, Snoop Dogg, Psy, Ice Cube and more.

Previous JKL: Game Night guests include President Barack Obama, Adam Sandler, David Beckham, Liv Tyler, Magic Johnson, Will Ferrell, Matthew McConaughey, Ashton Kutcher, Drew Barrymore, Chris Rock, Danny DeVito and Denzel Washington.

Previous JKL: Game Night  specials have premiered comedy pieces featuring Mike Tyson, Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley and Dwyane Wade.