Pau Gasol Aims For Olympics, Possible NBA Comeback

Pau Gasol hopes to represent Spain in the Olympics this summer and hasn’t given up on a return to the NBA next season, tweets Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

Before either of those things can happen, Gasol will need to fully rehabilitate the left foot injury that forced him to undergo surgery last spring. Gasol, 39, signed with the Trail Blazers in July, but was never able to suit up for the team. Portland waived him in November.

“I’m in rehab right now, just focusing solely on and prioritizing getting my foot healed so I can get back out there and try to play again,” said Gasol, who was wearing a walking boot during an interview with ESPN Radio.

He admitted that retirement remains “a possibility” if the foot doesn’t heal the way he hopes. Gasol said it was a mutual decision with the Blazers to release him so he could do rehab work independently.

“We just agreed that it was better for me just to focus on the rehab and not have to be under a team kind of a schedule,” he added. “Just focusing solely and prioritizing my health, and from then we’ll see.”

Gasol played 18 NBA seasons and won a pair of championships with the Lakers. He played a combined 30 games for the Spurs and Bucks last year.

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8 thoughts on “Pau Gasol Aims For Olympics, Possible NBA Comeback

  1. Ezpkns34

    NBA comeback? Is he planning on finding a time machine between now and the summer?

  2. Doubt he would make the Spain team.
    Marc Gasol and the Hernangómez brothers take up 3 of the bigs spots

    • Otogar

      He is the best Spanish player ever, and this would be his last chance to play at the Olympics. If he’s recovered from his injury and he wants to go, I’m sure he will go. An NBA comeback seems much more unlikely (to say the least).

    • Best Spanish player ever that Coll but the dudes 40.
      Hakeem is the best basketball player from Nigeria doesn’t mean he is going to play for them either

      • Otogar

        In any national team there are always 3-4 players that hardly ever log in. You don’t leave a national legend out of the list until he’s ready to call it quits.

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