Tuesday, August 3

“It was a special moment”

  • The pivot celebrates his return and Jasikevicius assures that if he is well he will play the Classic on Sunday

In his first game in his second stage at Barça and before his first Clásico this Sunday after his return to Barcelona, ​​Pau Gasol gave Madrid the first upset. The Barça defeat in the return of the Catalan pivot makes the whites meet Efes, one of the ogres in the Euroleague. Almost 20 years after his last match as a Barça player and more than two after his last official match, Gasol wanted to show right off the bat that he is not out for a walk, but rather that he wants to help win the Euroleague, his last remaining title in the overwhelming record of the two-time NBA champion.

“It was a special moment,” he acknowledged after the crash. “I have tried to do my best every second, without a doubt with room for improvement. But very happy to have been able to play, to have been able to feel like a basketball player again and to have tried to do my best. Now I want to rest first, recover and play the next game and improve game by game ».

From his hand came six of the first eight points of the team that has sought him insistently, especially Calathes. Although he accused the two years of inactivity, the prodigy of Sant Boi showed some flashes of his talent.


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Sarunas Jasikevicius, his former partner in Gasol’s first stage at the Palau and today his coach, gave him 13 minutes in his debut. The Lithuanian coach was also pleased to see him back on the track. «I am very happy with the return of Pau. It is great news for him and for the club, “he said. «I have seen him in the same line of training in the last month. I think he played well. In some situations he was incredible and in others he lacked a bit of rhythm but it is surely the most positive news today. The key with Pau is that we will live day by day. On the Classic if everything is fine, he will play ».

They met very little, just one season in the Barça first team, and a damn appendicitis prevented them from winning together the first Barça Euroleague, which would arrive a year later, when Gasol had already been chosen Rookie of the Year in the NBA. Now, Gasol and Jasikevicius hope to win the third Barça European crown.


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