Cthus 20 years after abandoning the discipline of Barça Basket to start his NBA adventure (two rings, six times all star, Rookie of the Year …) Pau Gasol He returns to the Barça club to close the circle of his sports career before participating in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. A few days have passed since his election and once he has taken possession of his new responsibilities.
Presentation of Pau Gasol in Barça Basket live
13:40: With this family photo with Nikola Mirotic, Adam Hanga, Pierre Oriola and Sarunas Jasikevicius the act of presentation of Pau Gasol with the t-shirt of Barça.
COMPANIONS AND JASIKEVICIUS COME OUT
Appear Saras jasikevicius, coach of the Barça team, together with Mirotic, Hanga and Oriola to welcome the new player of the Barça Basket Pau Gasol. A family photo with which the presentation ceremony ends. Now Pau Gasol will go to the changing rooms to dress short for a photo session.
END THE PRESS CONFERENCE
Pau points out the value of what he learned during these two seasons off the pitch and the pivot points out the importance of family and being surrounded by his loved ones. As for the differences between Pau Gasol from 20 years ago and this one, the player points out that he has the same ambition and the same illusion as the first day. And so the press conference ends.
WE HAVE NOT SET A SPECIFIC DATE FOR THE RETURN
“I appreciate the expectation for my return. We have an idea for the return, but we have not set a specific date. We are seeing how this week goes by to get closer to that date that we are all looking forward to. I hope it will be soon. It is important that I take pace to contribute to this team. “
THE ILLUSION, KEY TO THE RETURN
“The injury process has been very complicated. The alarms went off in San Antonio but we didn’t think it would be so serious. But as an athlete and because I am, I decided to push forward. After the second operation, a process began that we didn’t know was going to happen. to happen. I was 39 years old. But the illusion to play again is what has allowed me to be here today. But whatever happens, I have already had a privileged career “.
LA VUELTA, THANKS TO NAVARRO AND SARAS
“My return began with conversations with Navarro and the possibilities of returning to Europe and Barça. Thanks to Juan Carlos and Saras, who have seen him and trusted that he could be positive and that he can contribute as a player at a different time to me for the injury. We are all very excited “.
“I can contribute the experience of my career, of all the championships and tournaments that I have played. Matches of great demand. I can speak with players and coaching staff and with whom it is necessary. I can contribute with enthusiasm.”
TALKING ABOUT THE NEXT SEASON IS PRECIPITATED
“I do not rule out anything in life. The circumstances (playing without an audience) are what they are, but I only think about the day to day. And I will continue until the end of the season. Talking about the next one is a bit hasty”
I will try to contribute and complement this team that already exists to try to win all possible competitions.
“It is a unique occasion to sign a special season”
I have found a spectacular team with a great atmosphere. It is a unique occasion to sign a special season. I really want to be with everyone. I am delighted and I hope to respond to this illusion with play and contributing things “.
“IT’S A SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY”
“I don’t look any further. I focus on the day and the work I have to do to play again. I return home with the same ambition that I left with. I didn’t want to end my beautiful stage as a player with an injury. I want to end up enjoying and playing. “
“I AM WORKING WELL AND WITH GOOD FEELINGS
Barça TV begins the press conference of the presentation of Pau Gasol and they ask him about his recovery: “I’m working well and following the plan we had drawn up with the coaches. I’m happy with where I am and with good feelings”
“I HOPE I CAN PROVIDE UNIQUE THINGS”
The Spanish pivot wanted to thank the presence of colleagues, friends and his family and assured that he wants to “contribute unique things.” The player already poses with the shirt with 16 behind the back that will shine in this second stage in the azulgrana team. The player poses with his jacket with his entire family, including his six-month-old daughter.
PAU GASOL: “MY ASPIRATION IS THE EUROLEAGUE”
The protagonist also appreciates the possibility of having been able to return home: “I had always been asked when I was going to return and although I have always been linked to the club, now I can return and to help this great team that already exists and that is in a very good line. One of the aspirations is to be able to win the Euroleague, which is one of the titles that I lack “.
JOAN LAPORTA: “WE ARE THE BEST CLUB IN THE WORLD”
The new Barça president thanks Pau Gasol for once again defending “the colors of the best club in the world and we have the best athletes in the world such as Pau Gasol. We are accompanied by players like Oriola, Mirotic, coach Saras Jasikevicius and friends like Juan Carlos Navarro. It is an honor that you return home to the Palau “.
13:07: After the presentation enter Pau Gasol, the protagonist of the day. With a suit and a mask, the center of Sant Boi appears at the Palau. Takes the floor Joan Laporta.
13:05: The protagonists are arriving at the parquet of the Palau where the presentation of the best Spanish player of all time will take place. We have already seen Nikola Mirotic or the head of basketball for the Barça team, Nacho Rodríguez.
13:04: We are already live with the presentation of Pau Gasol as a new player of the Barça Basket. We are waiting for the appearance of the protagonists with the pivot of Sant Boi at the head, accompanied by the new president of the Barça entity, Joan Laporta.
12:51: Just 10 minutes for the presentation ceremony of Pau Gasol as a new Barça Basket player, almost 20 years after the Spanish player began his adventure in the NBA.
12:34 hours: This is how the Palau looks before the presentation of Pau Gasol. An act in which both the Barça coach, Sarunas Jasikevicius, like the three captains of the Barça squad: Adam Hanga, Pierre Oriola and Nikola Mirotic.