PABLO ROMERO / COMMUNICATION AREA FEB
“If you can dream it, you can do it, remember it all started with a mouse”. With this famous phrase pronounced by Walt Disney, Marc Gasol’s time in the LEB Oro league with his Bàsquet Girona could be summed up perfectly. A world star who left behind any type of economic claim to be able to play where his heart desired him, in a Pavelló Fontajau where he began to forge himself as a player two decades ago and to which he promised to return in the future to try to return to the city all that it had given him.
A dream that had its first steps with the creation of the sports schools and the club itself and that has been climbing, under his presidency, from the EBA League to the LEB Oro. But it was not until this season when the project reached the dimension dreamed by its president. A path that began to trace an unstoppable ascending line with his debut on the floor, leaving aside the suit and tie to lead from within, from where only special players can do it.
For this reason, it has not been surprising that the unstoppable path of his team in recent months has led to a promotion that began to take shape with his debut against Levitec Huesca and that began to be a real possibility with the team’s classification for the Playoffs. All this fueled by an express classification for a Final Four that they ended up playing in their fiefdom in order to win the dream prize of promotion.
But first, the most complicated part remained, being able to turn that dream into reality through work. A message that no one was going to understand better than Marc himself, leading the team in a tough semifinal against ICG Força Lleida and overcoming physical discomfort after a hard blow that did not prevent him from jumping back on the court in the final, not without pain. . Quite a personal feat to contribute to the collective success of a team that, minutes later, celebrated the promotion with its president as the most valued man on the track.
Because his coronation as MVP was the dream outcome for a story from which Marc traced his own path.
He arrived to help the team break a negative streak of 7 consecutive losses, but Marc Gasol’s inertia in the game of the Girona team went much further. He thus confirmed it with the conquest of his first MVPs for a total of seven awards out of a possible 25. A 33% efficiency week after week and that has been the key to being able to meet both the demand for promotion and that legend that says that national centers end up reigning in the Final Four of the LEB Gold League.
The ideal quintet of the day:
With promotion at stake for their respective teams, the five protagonists of the ideal quintet of the Final Four managed to impose their law from the ranks of the two finalist teams. Men hardened in a thousand battles and who were decisive when it came to being able to opt for a challenge as ambitious as a promotion to the Endesa League. But only one of them was able to achieve it and that was none other than a team from Girona in which Albert Sabat (Basketball Girona) He starred in a whole lesson of leadership and experience already from the semifinals to be able to mark a path in which he was fundamental during the final stretch of the second round. In this way, the Catalan point guard managed to impose the style of his outer line on that of two men who had fought by force to be able to tip the balance towards the student side, a Johnny Dee (Movistar Students) who rose from the post of two to pave the way to the final and a Javier Beiran (Movistar Students) who served as the most regular of his team with a good job in two games.
Although the action was concentrated in the paint where two players were able to form the perfect partnership to overcome a demanding semi-final which they continued with a brilliant final, on the one hand a Max Fjellerup (Basketball Girona) who showed a great game between the lines and, on the other, a Marc Gasol (Basketball Girona) that was intractable in the different aspects of the game.
Base: Albert Sabat (Basketball Girona) 9 val: 9 points, 1 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 recovery.
Shooting guard: Jhonny Dee (Movistar Students) 6 val: 8 points, 4 rebounds and 3 fouls received.
Eaves: Javier Beiran (Movistar Students) 16 val: 13 points, 12 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 recovery and 2 fouls received.
Power forward: Max Fjellerup (Basketball Girona) 6 val: 19 points and 3 fouls received.
Pivot: Marc Gasol (Basketball Girona) val 27: 11 points, 8 rebounds, 4 recoveries, 2 blocks and 4 fouls received.
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Training: Llor Sports School
1997/99: FC Barcelona (Children)
1999/01: FC Barcelona (Udets)
2003/05: Winterthur FC Barcelona (EBA League and Endesa League)
2005/06: WTC Cornellá (LEB Silver)
2005/06: Winterthur FC Barcelona (Endesa League)
2006/08: Akasvayu Girona (Endesa League)
2008/19: Memphis Grizzlies (NBA-USA)
2019/20: Toronto Raptors (NBA-USA)
2020/21: Los Angeles Lakers (NBA – USA)
2021/22: Basketball Girona (LEB Gold)