Pau Gasol to play for Spain in Euro Championships
Information about the tournament Pau Gasol and Ricky Rubio will be competing in.
Guardian: Pau Gasol and Ricky Rubio were included in the Spain squad on Monday for the 2009 European Championship (Eurobasket) in Poland.
Forward Gasol has just helped the Los Angeles Lakers win the NBA championship, while 18-year-old Rubio hopes to join him in the United States next season if he can negotiate a release from his contract with Spanish side DKV Joventut.
Point guard Rubio was selected fifth in the NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves last week.
New Spain coach Sergio Scariolo brought in Carlos Cabezas for injured Toronto Raptors guard Jose Manuel Calderon, and Victor Claver for retired captain Carlos Jimenez.
World champions Spain were runners-up to Russia in the last Eurobasket final in Madrid two years ago. This year’s tournament is in Poland from Sept. 7-20.