The end of an era for Spanish basketball
By Eurohoops team at Eurohoops.net / email@example.com
Spain was eliminated by Team USA in the Olympic quarterfinal earlier today and it marks the end of an era for the Gasol brothers. Pau and Marc Gasol both retire from the Spanish NT after an incredible run throughout this century.
Pau, 41, confirmed his retirement on COPE, stating that he will now reflect and assess his future, while he has not decided about retirement yet. He spent the previous season with FC Barcelona. During his time with the senior Spanish NT, he has won 11 medals in three different international competitions, including gold in the 2006 FIBA World Cup and gold at the 2009, 2011 and 2015 EuroBasket.
His brother Marc, five years younger, also bids goodbye to the Spanish NT after Tokyo’s Olympics, although he has confirmed that he will complete his contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, as reported by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
Marc, 36, signed with the Lakers last season, during which he averaged 5 points, 4.1 rebounds across 52 games with the team, making 41% of his attempts from the three-point line.
His run in the NT ends with 9 medals, including two FIBA World Cup gold ones (2006, 2019), while he has also lifted the 2009 and 2011 EuroBasket titles alongside Pau.