Pau Gasol is working on his return to the NBA and a place in the Spanish Olympic team in Tokyo. The six-time All-Star World Champion and two-time NBA Champion told ESPN on Wednesday.
This 40-year-old gasoline dealer from LA… Lakers as one of his dream destinations.
It makes sense and makes history, said Gasol, who won the 2009 and 2010 Lakers titles with Kobe Bryant. I’m not gonna lie. It would be very special, and now that my brother [Mark] is here, even more special. But I’m not in a position to be very demanding right now. I don’t have 10 sentences on my desk.
Mark Gasol, Pau’s 4.5-year-old younger brother, signed a two-year contract with the Lakers last month for $5.25 million.
Pau Gasol has been out of the game since March 2019 and has suffered two stress fractures to his left leg since then, he told ESPN. Doctors found a first stress reaction in the fall of 2018, when the gasoline began its third season with San Antonio spurs, he said.
Gasol and his agent recently discussed training camps with some NBA teams, but Gasol preferred to install more air conditioning before entering into serious negotiations, he said. He is educated in Northern California, where he lives with his wife, Katherine McDonnell, and their three-month-old daughter, hoping to return to the NBA as a more glorious coach.
I want to be able to do my part to feel useful, Mr. Gusol. Not just to be here. That’s not who I am. I want to enjoy it, and players generally enjoy the game.
It’s not clear what the Lakers’ interest is in a gas meeting. Petrol hasn’t played five out of five since the operation, he said. He organized 2-on-2 games with local players, including a former Stanford player and an NBA team member who plays offshore in the Bay Area, Gasol said.
Essence organized weekly coronavirus tests for training partners and made them wear masks during contact training, he said. In between sessions, he asks his training partners to maintain a social distance, wear masks and take other protective measures. During the pandemic, it was difficult to go beyond a few training partners.
It doesn’t look like we live in a bubble, Ghazol said.
But the contact drilling platforms are a long way from where the remediation of the GZOL started after two interventions in 2019. In the beginning he could barely get any weight on his leg. He had to strengthen them with some basic exercises: He turned his toes around a towel on the floor and then used his toes to lift and lower the handle a few times in a row, he said.
He started wearing hiking boots and then walked on soft ground like grass and sand.
There were good days, and then there were bad days when you talked: Is it really worth it? Maybe it’s time to let go, Ghazol said.
The Grasol brothers switched in 2008 when Memphis traded Grizzly Senior Grasol for a – at the time largely ridiculed – packaging with Mark, who was playing abroad at the time.
Pau Gasol tried to convince the Grizzly leaders to hire Mark in 2007 and then, as soon as the Lakers chose him as 48th, exchange him. When Grizzly changed gas seven months later, a member of Memphis’ board made a joke in Pau: We finally got [Mark], Thank you, Pow, remember Senior Gusol. I said: It’s not exactly how I imagined it.
The brothers discussed where Mark could draw in his recent period as an independent agency.
He had several teams who were interested, Pau Gasol said about his brother. What he valued the most was the possibility of winning another championship. Playing for the Lakers is such a unique franchise. This is the chance of a lifetime and it’s very special for us to be the first brothers to play for the Lakers.
It would be incredible if one day I could join the team, added Gasoline.
Gasol also wondered if he would want to play in some kind of bubble environment that would separate him from his wife and daughter Elizabeth Gianna Gasol, whose middle names Gasol and McDonnell were chosen in honor of Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna.
But Baezol is determined to try again in the NBA. He spoke out before ending his career in Barcelona, where he played before coming to the United States, but he kept saying he’d rather stay in the NBA.
Then the Olympic Games of 2021 will take place in Tokyo. Gasol has supported the Spanish national team at four consecutive Olympic Games and helped them win silver medals in 2008 and 2012 and bronze medals in 2016. Gasoline was injured last year when Spain won the FIBA World Basketball Championship.
To play five Olympic Games would be incredible, Mr Gasol said.
According to him, after his retirement, Gasol will have an interest in working in every function of the NBA team. He’s just not ready for that.
I’d like to get back on the NBA list one day – and maybe not that far, Gazol said.