Thursday, February 25

Pau Gasol returns to Barça: confirms his signing until the end of the season

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You only had to wait a couple of days for your own Pau Gasol broke the news. The FC Barcelona will once again have in its ranks the winner of two rings of the NBA. This Tuesday the pivot himself made a statement announcing his return to what was his home during his first steps in world basketball. Go back to your Barça, which he will try to help in achieving a Euroleague who currently lead and of a Endesa League in which, for now, they chase the Real Madrid.

In any case, the main objective of this return is to prepare in an elite team for the Tokyo Olympics that, after the pandemic, will be held in the summer of this 2021. The postponement helped him to improve his recovery of the foot, which perhaps in 2020 was not completely one hundred percent. In any case, the pivot has made this bet to be at the best possible level in what will be his last great national team tournament.

On May 11, 2019, Gasol underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture in the navicular bone in his left foot. Back then I was playing in the Milwaukee Bucks and the goal was that the following season, the 2019/2020, could be at the best level again. But it was not like that. Although that summer he would sign for the Portland Trail Blazers, the veteran basketball player would not play in the NBA again. While on training campus, rehab proved that recovery was not complete and he would step aside to find the root of the problem.

That would mean that the China World Cup, where the Selection was finally crowned with gold. Resignation gripped the average fan and few trusted that, at 40, he would be able to return to a remarkable level. the same Alfonso del Corral explained in THE SPANISH in December 2019 it was bad news “that the bone has not consolidated in six months”. In any case, he gave the example of Sabonis when he signed for Real Madrid, who they helped to overcome a bone problem and thus regain his best level.

Confinement and Kobe

A month later he received a stick bigger than his injury. Kobe Bryant he crashed his helicopter in The Angels and he died with his daughter Gianna. The relationship he had with the NBA star with whom he won his two rings was “brothers”, as both claimed. This, in one way or another, affected his recovery. Now, a year after this event, he will always remember him in the name of his first daughter, Elisabet Gianna Gasol.

Covid-19 brought with it the confinement of the whole world. Gasol took out his most supportive figure and carried out several campaigns to help health. Meanwhile, he continued his recovery, published videos in which he showed that his condition was improving and winked at both Barça and the NBA, where his brother Marc had signed for Los Angeles Lakers, a team with which Pau won both rings. After spending several months training in California, he returned to Barcelona.

The return

Before being chosen in position number three of the NBA Draft By 2001, Pau Gasol Sáez had become an institution at Barça. In his second season at the club, he was key for the culé team to raise the Liga ACB and the Copa del Rey of that same year. He was the MVP of the final tournaments and his loss in the Euroleague in the match against the Benetton Treviso it was fundamental.

With two ACB Leagues and that King’s Cup under his belt, he will now have the option of making his record grow more than enriched, especially by the National Team: two silver and one bronze medals at the Olympic Games, one gold at the World Cup three golds, two silver and two bronzes in European They have made him the best player in the history of the country in this discipline.

[Más información: Pau Gasol y el ejemplo de gestionar una fortuna como jugador de la NBA]

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