Pau Gasol starts fifth Olympics: “Being here is a privilege”

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Giannis Askounis

26/Jul/21 17:16

The Olympic Games are underway for Spain and veteran big Pau Gasol

By Johnny Askounis/

Pau Gasol discussed Spain grabbing the opening win in the Olympic Games, him representing his country at this level for the fifth time, Luka Doncic highlighting Group C action, and more.

“The first game is generally used as a way to find your rhythm and fit in the team. Today, we had many different rotations, which will probably be less moving forward,” he pointed out to Spain’s national public radio service following the win over host Japan, “We are happy with the result. I believe we had some good moments. We ended up winning an important game. We undoubtedly have room for improvement.”

Gasol, 41, lasted 14 minutes confirming his fifth Olympic Games. His first appearance dates back to 2004. He was back in the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Games. He ultimately made his way to the 2020 Olympic Games after previously returning to FC Barcelona at the club level.

“It is an honor to play for this team, for our country, and especially in the Olympic Games,” he said, “Being here is a privilege and a great reward for the work done. I am enjoying every second.”

He had nine points and four rebounds helping his side move past tournament host Japan. Earlier, Slovenia beat Argentina in the other Group C affair behind a sensational performance by Luka Doncic.

“We watched him. This kid is an extraordinary talent. Argentina is coming up,” he mentioned focusing on Thursday’s fixture before the Group C finale versus Slovenia, “We only worry about the next game.”

The two-time NBA champion was also asked about Juancho Hernangomez and the Minnesota Timberwolves preventing him from competing in the Olympic Games with La Roja.

“It is a hard loss for him and also for the team,” he pointed out, “It is a bit unfair because of how events unfolded.”