Veteran Gasol Makes Spanish Pre-Games List
Muhammad Irfan 1 month ago Sat 19th June 2021 | 06:10 PM
Madrid, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 19th Jun, 2021 ) :Double silver medalist basketball veteran Pau Gasol has made Spain's pre-list for the Olympics in Tokyo, the Spanish federation announced Saturday, giving the 40-year-old a fresh tilt at glory.
The pivot is named in the 18 who will be targeting a medal in Japan after Sergio Scariolo's 'Roja' squad is whittled down to 12.
Though in the twilight of his career Pasol, who turns 41 on July 6, won the Spanish league crown with Barcelona in midweek after almost two seasons spent on the sidelines with an ankle injury which put an end to his hopes of prolonging a long NBA adventure which notably saw him win two titles with the Los Angeles Lakers.
"We have all been able to see how he made a great effort to be useful to his club and bring something to the table and he became an increasingly important player," said Scariolo explaining his decision to take Gasol in his 18, a list which includes brother Marc Gasol.
After the squad meets up on June 25 in Madrid the Spaniards will finalise preparations with a July 18 meeting in Las Vegas against the United States from where they will fly out to Japan for an opening match against the hosts on July 26.
Spanish Olympic pre-selection: Point guards: Ricky Rubio, Carlos Alocen, Sergio Rodriguez.
Shooting guards: Alex Abrines, Dario Brizuela, Sergio Llull.
Small forwards: Alberto Abalde, Sergi Martinez, Rudy Fernandez, Xabi Lopez-Arostegui.
Power forwards: Victor Claver, Pierre Oriola, Juancho Hernangomez, Sebas Saiz.
Centers: Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol, Usman Garuba, Willy Hernangomez.