Marc Gasol confirmed yesterday in the FIBA Turkey World Championships website that his brother Pau Gasol, the best Europeean basketball player in the world will not be participating in the 2010 World Championships in Turkey later this summer.

“I have no doubts that Pau will not be there, regardless of the play-offs,” Marc said.
“It has been 12 or 13 consecutive years with the national team and without any stop, with the exception of the EuroBasket in Belgrade.”

Playing in the NBA during the regular season (80+ games) and playoffs (30+) is a lot for a player and during Gasol’s 10-12 years on the Spain’s Mens Basketball National team he has never rested. It is his time to take a rest if they want him available for the 2012 Basketball Olympics in London.