Gasol does not rule out Juancho: "The door is not closed"

The pivot spoke during the second Spanish Basketball Gala organized by the Spanish Basketball Federation and the newspaper Marca.

The Spanish Federation (FEB) and the newspaper Marca have held this Tuesday the second Spanish Basketball Gala in the gardens of the Duque de Pastrana complex, in Madrid, with the presence of the men's and women's teams that are concentrated in the capital preparing the Games from Tokyo. An act to reward the best of the basket sport in Spain and which is resumed after a blank year due to the pandemic.

This gala celebrated its first edition on July 25, 2019, just on the twentieth anniversary of the gold achieved in the final against the United States by the gold juniors. On this occasion, there have been nine winners. Internationals Laia Palau and Pau Gasol, both 41 years old, have received the Special Award for their career, while Lolo Sainz has been recognized as a Legend for a life dedicated to basketball as a player and coach in which he won 38 titles and two medals with the Selection.

For his performances in the season just ended, 2020-21, Xabi López-Arostegui, who has just changed Joventut for Valencia, is awarded as the best national player and Cristiña Ouviña (Valencia Basket), as the best player. For their part, Sergio Rodríguez (Armani Milan) and Alba Torrens (now at UMMC Yekaterinburg, with whom he has won his sixth Euroleague) are the best national players in international competition. In the youth section with the greatest projection, prizes for Usman Garuba and Raquel Carrera. The future is his, but the present of Spanish basketball goes through the Tokyo Games, which will start in less than two weeks.Pau still hopes to have Juancho in Tokyo

The pivot of the Spanish team Pau Gasol said that "the door is not completely closed" to the participation in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games of his teammate Juancho Hernangómez, injured in the left shoulder during the first friendly against France, last Thursday in Malaga. "We do not give the opportunity for lost that he can be with the team. He has had an injury, we are going to see how he evolves, he is very excited to be with the team, the door is not completely closed", Pau Gasol said about colleague, who was diagnosed with a "grade 4-5 acromioclavicular dislocation in the left shoulder" last Friday.

"It was announced in a somewhat premature way at the time, it was a blow, we were all scared, but we are going to see how it progresses, and if he manages to be with the team, because he is an important player for us and I hope he will achieve it", Pau said. The eldest of the Gasol brothers considered that "while there is life there is hope" and explained that Juancho "has to be seen by one more specialist", although he is "in pain."

Pau Gasol faces "with enthusiasm and enthusiasm" the last great appointment of his career with the national team in Tokyo, a team that "maintains the spirit regardless of who it is" and hopes to "do well in Tokyo".The great historical dominator of the Games, the United States, has lost its last two friendlies against Nigeria (90-87) and Australia (91-83), something to which Pau does not attach much importance. "In the end everyone wants to play against the US and even if they are friendly, they are starting, they have a team with a lot of talent and they are still favorites," he concluded. "It is clear that it is rare to see the United States lose two games in a row, I think they have lost two since 1992, but they are still two friendly games and we have to give credit to Nigeria that they have good players and that they have not only won The US has scored 20 against Argentina, and Australia, which always competes, has great players and they will be there in the fight, "he concluded.

Garuba: "What makes me most excited about the Games is winning them"

The power forward of the Spanish team Usman Garuba, the youngest at 19 years of the Spanish team that will be in Tokyo 2020, said that what would make him most excited of these Olympic Games would be to "win" them. "The truth is that what I am most excited about is winning them, more than anything else. I have always been in competitive teams that have won things and what I would like the most is to win them," said the Real Madrid interior.

In the national team, he is sharing minutes with Pau Gasol, a reference from which he learns every day. "You learn a lot of things, I'm very happy to share a track with Pau, I've always seen him on TV, every day he gives me advice, today he has given me a couple of tips, I am learning from him every day," he explained.

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