Marc Gasol surprised by all the Raptors fans in NYC

Jose Calderon greets Marc Gasol before a game in Memphis in 2010. More

Jose Calderon greets Marc Gasol before a game in Memphis in 2010. More

The 34-year-old, who'd lived in Memphis since he was 16 and had been with the Grizzlies for 11 seasons, was traded for the first time last week when the Raptors acquired him in a blockbuster deal at Thursday's National Basketball Association trade deadline.

Star point guard Jeremy Lin is slated to reinforce the Toronto Raptors to push their playoff chances.

Lin will replace the recently dealt Delon Wright, providing more reliable shooting, more of a pick-and-roll feel as an initiator, more experience, but quite a bit less at the defensive end than Wright.

Gasol appreciates Toronto's longstanding Spanish connection.

Oh, yeah, Toronto was to take on Brooklyn later in the evening, with the home fans getting their first chance to see Gasol in action live.

Gasol has spent his entire National Basketball Association career with the Grizzlies.

At 34 years old, Gasol may no longer be an All-Star. "It's all great things". During his tenure, the Grizzlies have been a perennial playoff team. He's used to egos not being as important and as front and centre as they are on many National Basketball Association sides.

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Gasol stepped onto the hardwood with 2:20 remaining in the first quarter and the Raptors down 23-17.

He came off the bench again on Monday after also doing so in his debut against NY.

"They told me all great things about the organization and the city, so I couldn't be more excited about it", Gasol said.

Of course I'm talking about Kyle Lowry's unusual but glorious pregame ritual. The player affectionately known as "Big Spain" said suiting up for team with lofty post-season aspirations, plus a Spanish connection, eased his transition. It's not so much about my role now. "We want to get him on floor as quick as we can".

It is a power move for Toronto, as it looks to improve its roster as it vies with Philadelphia and Milwaukee, among others, in the Eastern Conference. "And what you're playing for, it's exciting as well".

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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