This Olympics offered everyone the chance to see Michael Phelps’s last swim, Usain Bolt’s last run and Simone Biles take the spotlight. If you’re a basketball junkie then, more importantly, this was the last time we were able to see Pau Gasol compete for the Spanish team and Manu Ginobili compete for the Argentinian team. 313 more words
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RIO DE JANEIRO — At 36 years old and surrounded by NBA talent, Pau Gasol is still El Rey of Spanish basketball.
Gasol led Spain to its third straight Olympic medal, scoring 31 points (making 12 of his 15 shots) and grabbing 11 rebounds in an… 556 more words
Pau Gasol, at age 36, was once again the fulcrum of the Spanish international team.
In the Rio Olympics, he averaged a team-high 17 points and 8.7 rebounds a game coming into the semifinal Friday against the USA, where he had 23 points and was the only reliable scoring option for Spain (they were 8-of-26 from three, and a lot of those were uncontested looks). 243 more words
Pau Gasol's coach suggested he might not play, but then Gasol put up a game-high 23 against the US instead
In Rio, the USA had been trying to make the pretty play and showing very little grit. If the game got ugly, so did the Americans. 584 more words
Team USA advanced to the gold medal game in men’s basketball on Friday despite a determined effort from a game Spain squad. The Americans survived with a 82-76 victory, putting them within a win of a title at the 2016 Olympics. 195 more words
From the minute that Spain’s men’s basketball coach in Rio Sergio Scariolo said that Pau Gasol might not play against the USA in the semifinals due to a calf injury, the universal reaction was essentially the… 155 more words