Pau Gasol to Play in European Championships

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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!

Do you think Pau Gasol Should Participate in the European Championships?

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JOU6B2TWGCA56CLJKKXDI6YTOU USA

    Pau complains that he ran out of gas in the playoffs and yet he wants to play Euro ball?? So what kind of energy is he going to bring next season?? Only he knows that, but judging the way he played in the playoffs may not be a good idea to play Euro ball…………..I’m just sayin…… 

    • Anonymous

      UR RIGHT..IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE AND PART OF ME THINKS HE IS DOING THIS AND DOESN’T CARE WHAT L.A.  AND LAKER FANS THINK BECAUSE ‘WE’ HAVE GIVEN HIM SUCH A HARD TIME.  IT’S HIS WAY OF SAYING HE WILL DO WHAT HE WANTS AND DOESN’T CARE WHAT OTHERS THINK OR SAY ABOUT HIM. 

  • Lakeshow1

    Dump his butt if he does…..

  • Only good teams get Rings

    I hear Gasol want to see what it is like to play “team” ball with players that know the game.  Like the Guru, Gasol is fed up with the immaturity of the likes of Kobe, Bynum and Kardashian.  Brown wants Kobe gone anyway, so we’ll see what happens.  Go Purple!

    • Anonymous

      HATE UR NAME DOUCHE AND U SOUND LIKE AN IDIOT ..WHERE DO YOU GET SO MUCH INSIGHT?  MORON

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T25GSDTFRBNX6WZGKYBNGHDMRQ Margarite

        What wrong with you guys? Some of you dudes need to get off of Kobe’s Ass.Everytime someone says something about Kobe you lil bitches come out of the woodwork. Every one don’t worship Kobe like you.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EBSP2NHQGTSVYUHYANRNCEYDUM 123KID

    I would rather see him rest, work out, and keep in touch with Mike Brown. Maybe be coached with a past NBA great and learn new moves and build some strength or even work with Bynum and just build better chemistry or something. I mean going to play for your country team is good for conditioning, but it aint going to help you with your own teammates in LA, especially with the so-called fatigue issue causing them to lose.

    • Anonymous

      Which is ironic for many reasons, if only because the Lakers had the most fucking time off last offseason than they did the last 2 before. 

      If fatigue was a factor, it likely wasn’t physical. And if it was, it didn’t come from rest between seasons; it had a lot from Phil wearing Gasol down by playing him 40+ min a game. 

      That’s it. Nothing to see here.

      I can’t believe (or can I) how fast the lemmings here change their opinion. When the Lakers lost, saying it was due to fatigue or no motivation were deeply unpopular. Now everyone would rather believe that then the fact that there might have been chemistry problems or dare say Dallas was a better team.

      Stop with this fatigue nonsense.

  • NoDefense

    he should be well rested,he was a no show fror the playoffs

    • Anonymous

      He and Kobe sat out the FIBA championship last year and got plenty of rest, yet they had the worst seasons of their career this year. Meanwhile, Odom, who played in Turkey, had his best.

      Logic? You don’t have it.

  • Guest

    He need to work with Tim Grover and beef up over the offseason. But it’s good he’ll get his form back and stay in shape in the likely event of a lockout so he can be ready to go when the season starts.

  • Abel Lua

    Let him be… im a huge soccer fan and te way soccer works is no matter whaclub they play for if its a FIFA date and a player gets called to the national team they have to go! I think they r pros and they know themselves enough to know what’s good for them and their teams. I kind of like the idea so he can get his rythem ready for next season especially if ther is a lockout….

  • Anonymous

    What’s the matter with these selfish players who are paid unimaginable salaries then go mess around in the off season and risk coming back injured and potentially ruining a season for the team that is paying for their outlandish lifestyles. There should definitely be a ban of doing so written into all their contracts.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, how dare he want to go represent his country? How selfish is that? Messing around and being patriotic when there’s no money involved…freakin’ selfish thing to do. I mean look what happened the last time he played for Spain in the summer! What does he want, ANOTHER NBA Championship ring? Frickin’ selfish bastard!

      • Anonymous

        I think the word to decribe you is pendejo.

        • Fooliocoolio

          Actually, the only pendejo es tu. 

          If you’re going to hate on Gasol for doing this then maybe you should hate on Kobe, Odom, and everyone that’s ever played for their country during the offseason before.

          If you had your idiotic way, we could kiss those Dream Team medals goodbye.

          • Anonymous

            kiss my culio foolio.

  • jeff

    Pau;
    Sorry for your personal issues, however, I am looking forward to seeing you at your normal output next year for Coach Brown.  I know you have a commitment to your country, however, you also have a commitment to your LA Fans and I am one of your biggest.  Looking forward to next year.
     

  • ICE CREAM MAN

    well, the last couple of years he patricipated the lakers made it to the finals.  this time around he didn’t participate and we got bounced in the second round.  I say let his ass play and maybe he will come back with a more positive attitude.

    • Anonymous

      You took the words right out of my mouth ICM! Pau didn’t collapse from exhaustion. He collapsed mentally. It’ll be good for him to go home, get refreshed, compete, stay in shape and come in ready to get into a new flow next season.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T25GSDTFRBNX6WZGKYBNGHDMRQ Margarite

    Maybe Pau is getting sick of Kobe! A lot of Laker players don’t want to play with the me first ball hog. Who’s skills are on a decline.

    • ICE CREAM MAN

      That might be true but a 75% Kobe is still better than a 100% roll player anyday.

  • jonanater

    he was warn out physically – thats why we lost to dallas….. so we should wear him down even more?

    There is nothing to think about. No way we should let him

    • ICE CREAM MAN

      Not true.  In the last 3 games he had 26-4, 17-17, 18-13 (points and rebounds).  His average with the exception of oklahoma when he went for 26-4.  He was his usual dominant self then all of a sudden he sucked in the playoffs.  Not gradually sucked but as soon as the jump ball went against the hornets, Gasol just sucked.  If he was tired then it should of shown at the end of games but he started games non-existant.  It had to of been a personal issue. 

      either way he should go home, get his head on straight and ball with a mission of unfinished business with either bynum or howard.

  • Anonymous

    Why not, look at last year FIBA, almost everyone that play for Team USA, had become better player include Odom.

  • KembaWalker2Lakers

    They should make a third option addition to this pole “How many think pau gasol should be traded for gerald wallace and lemarcus aldridge… seriously trade him, once a quitter always a quitter”