According to the Spanish basketball federation website, Pau Gasol will play for his Spanish team this summer
“This year, my intention is to be available for the Spanish team if the coach feels he can count on me,” Gasol said in Spanish in a report on the team’s website. “I would like to help Spain win another European Championship.”
Gasol, averaged career lows in the 2011 playoffs, only averaging 13.1 points, and 7.8 rebounds per game. Those averages pale in comparison to his regular season averages of 18.8 points, and 10.2 rebounds per game.
This is indeed a different off-season than Gasol is accustomed to. He has admitted to having unfortunate “personal issues”, and even said, “I collapsed” in the playoffs.
Gasol has played with Spain in the summer in the past and gone on to win Championships with the Lakers. However, Mark Medina from the LA Times brings up something to remember, “He also broke his left index finger in the 2009 off-season while practicing with the Spanish national team and suffered strained left and right hamstrings that sidelined him for a combined 17 games with the Lakers during the 2009-2010 campaign.”
Considering Pau Gasol’s poor play in the postseason do you think playing for his national team will be a good thing, or bad thing? Vote Below!