Pau Gasol returns to Barcelona

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Saturday, February 20, 2021 –
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The 40-year-old pvot, who played his last game in March 2019 with the Bucks, will play with Barça until the end of the season to prepare for the Olympic Games

Gasol, during a game against the Knicks, in December 2017.
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  • Pau Gasol.

    The imminent end of the mystery

  • No offers.

    “I am not in a position to be demanding”

Such is the misrule in Barcelona that it had to be Toni Freixa, one of the candidates for the Barça presidency, who will raise the hare. Pau Gasol, probably the best Spanish player of all time and double NBA champion with the Lakers, to wear the Barça colors again. I will at least until the end of the season. Time that the 40-year-old pvot considers sufficient to prepare for his participation in Tokyo, in what would be the fifth Olympic Games of his career.

Operated twice for a navicular stress fracture in his left foot, the last time Pau Gasol played a game was on March 3, 2019 with the Milwaukee Bucks. I mean, two years ago. A free agent in the NBA, he saw his options to return to top competition in the United States grow increasingly difficult, so he never ruled out a return to Europe.

It was Gasol who gave Barcelona all the economic facilities in the world to return to play at the Palau. In any case, the pvot had already been collected from the Barça entity since March 2009, when former president Josep Maria Bartomeu signed an agreement with the player in Miami whereby the basketball player would become “strategic advisor, global ambassador and partner of the Blaugrana club in the United States.

In fact, the Barça club is still managed by that Management Commission that presides Carles Tusquets, limited, according to the statutes, “to the necessary and essential acts for the maintenance of the normal activities of the club and the protection of its interests”. The Manager, who has authorized this operation, could not sign Manchester City center-back for the first football team Eric Garca after the candidates for the armchair (Joan Laporta, Vctor Font and Toni Freixa) did not agree.

Looking for a hole

Pau Gasol will be able to play this Euroleague, whose registration period ends on February 24 (the period ended on January 6 exclusively for those players who arrived from another Euroleague club). Hence the rush to finalize the negotiation as soon as possible. The pvot of Sant Boi will also be able to help his team in the Endesa League, where the Catalans are second in the classification after two victories of the team of Pablo Laso.

Conversation Jasikevicius, Pau Gasol’s former teammate at Barcelona in the 2000-01 season, was basing his success as a coach at the Palau on group power over individualities. The Lithuanian will now have to make room for a legendary basketball player in his dressing room. With all that this implies. Pau Gasol thus joins one of the most powerful squads in the history of Barcelona, ​​together with Niko Mirotic -with whom Pau Gasol also shared dressing room in the Bulls and the Bucks- Cory Higgins, Nick Calathes The Brandon Davies.


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