Wednesday, December 8

Pau Gasol returns to Barça

  • At the age of 40, the pivot wants to regain competition rhythm to reach the Olympics

  • Two decades later, after an intense career in the NBA, he returns to the Palau Blaugrana

  • The player, who has not played for almost two years due to a serious injury, would not charge anything

Pau Gasol will return to Barça. In his 40s and 20s after leaving the Palau to head for the NBA, the pivot of Sant Boi will wear Barça again. Since Barça got rid of Tomic in the summer and he was left without a team, he began to fable with the return operation that has finally crystallized once the physical and economic conditions of the player have made it possible. You will be able to play in both the League and the Euroleague as the registration period for the European competition for players who have not played a continental tournament ends on February 24.

“Pau Gasol is very well, he seems very recovered”, commented this week Jorge Garbajosa, president of the FEB, even predicting the possibility that he will take advantage of these months, now with the Barça shirt, to recover the rhythm of competition and arrive well at the next Tokyo Olympics.

Two years without playing

The return of Gasol was already planning since Barça parted ways with Tomic in the summer. The club considered the operation unviable then, so other alternatives were explored. But, according to the club, the physical and economic conditions have changed since then. The two-time NBA champion, who was already paid as Barça’s ambassador in the US, will not receive more than what he already received from the club while he picks up pace to be in tune for the Tokyo Games. The center, who has not played for almost two years, feels fit to return to the courts. “Every week stronger and with better feelings,” Pau Gasol tweeted just 48 hours ago.

Just an hour before the news spread, Toni Freixa, one of the candidates for the club’s presidency, already hinted at this possibility of the return of Gasoline.

Now Gasol will be under the command of his former partner Jasikevicius conversation. “You all know the love I have for Pau, he’s a friend of mine. It wouldn’t be bad, wouldn’t it?” Said the Lithuanian myth on the day of his presentation as a Barcelona coach.

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It will also match Nikola Mirotic, locker room partner on the Bulls and Bucks, two of the teams Gasol has played for in the NBA. ‘Rookie’ from the 2001-2002 season with the Grizzlies, has also defended the colors of the Spurs and especially the Lakers, with which he got two champion rings along with the ill-fated Kobe bryant.

His last game was on March 10, 2019, with Mirotic at his side with the Bucks, although his last team was the Portland Trail Blazers, with whom he did not play for a minute. Now, almost two years later, Niko and Pau will try to give Barça their third Euroleague, the first for Sant Boi. His debut could take place this coming Friday at the Palau Blaugrana against Asvel Lyon-Villeurbanne on the 26th day of the regular phase of the continental tournament.

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