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Pau Gasol thinks Spain can win gold medal in London

Jun 1, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT

Pau Gasol Spain

The conventional wisdom is that the gold medal game Aug. 12 in London will see the USA vs. Spain. Kobe Bryant vs. Pau Gasol. Kevin Love vs. Marc Gasol. The world’s two best teams facing off.

Pau thinks Spain can win it.

Of course, he said that to FIBA.com in a very Pau Gasol way. Which is to say filled with qualifiers.

My expectations are high. It will be a tough competition for everyone but I’m looking forward to being in London. My teammates and I will fight for the gold medal. I think that we can win the tournament. We have a lot of talent and everyone will be very motivated to give it their all on the court. We’re afraid of no one.

Health is going to matter in this series. The United States will miss Dwight Howard (back surgery) when they have to face Spain’s big front line. Spain will miss Ricky Rubio.

As for other teams, we’ll break it down more as we get closer. But pretty much everybody on the Spurs will be there leading another country — Tony Parker for France, Manu Ginobili for Argentina — and that should make you a little nervous.

  1. jthammerstix - Jun 1, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    It doesn’t

  2. therealhtj - Jun 1, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    I think Laker fans everywhere wish Pau has an Olympic run for the ages and lifts his trade value through the roof.

  3. 00maltliquor - Jun 1, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Pau is Spain’s best player. If Pau can’t advance past the NBA’s 2nd round against only two of team USA’s players (Durant and Westbrook), what makes him think he can beat a team full of the NBA’s greats. Puh-leeease.

    • pacific123ocean - Jun 1, 2012 at 4:24 PM

      Wrong! Marc Gasol and Juan Carlos Navarro are better players than Pau Gasol. And, they have other quality NBA players, like Serge Ibaka , Rudy Fernandez, and Jose Calderon

      • 00maltliquor - Jun 1, 2012 at 4:58 PM

        LOL, Marc better then Pau?! Don’t kid yourself. LMAO! And if all those players you just named were American you think they would make the olympics for USA? Uhhh…NO!

        Look, I posted my initial comment partly to start a fire and see how all the international readers would react (are you one of them?) but in no way am I calling the Spanish team garbage or a bunch of hacks, I mean, they have a really good team, but for reals nobody anywhere on this planet can hang with the studs we are gonna roll out for the olympics. Gold or bust. U…S…AAAAAA!

      • tomtravis76 - Jun 2, 2012 at 8:20 AM

        Spain has other quality NBA players, while Team USA’s entire roster will be filled with the best players in the NBA(who are healthy). Gasol brothers, Navarro, Ibaka, Rudy and Jose don’t even get a sniff at making Team USA development squad.

        There will be good games, but no way this squad, playing in their final Olympics( lebron, wade, melo, kobe) leave London without gold.

    • connaniii - Jun 1, 2012 at 4:34 PM

      In case you hadnt heard; besides the Gasol brothers there are three other Spanish NBA All star caliber players (I’m not counting Ricky Rubio in because of his injury), which include Serge Ibaka! that’s a formidable frontline, and in Calderon as one of the guards playing the point and quite possibly Rudy Fernandez playing the shooting guard position then I would say they do have one of the top teams!

      • 00maltliquor - Jun 1, 2012 at 5:07 PM

        Plzzzzz…Calderon is so good that the Raptors are desperatly trying to replace him with either an old ass Nash, former D-leaguer twice cut Jeremy Lin or Kylllle Looowry (in Steven A. mocking voice)! Fernandez is a 2nd-3rd stringer on his own team in Denver. In no way are those guys all-star caliber. Neither is Serge, although I must admit I am a huge fan of him, but is NOT an all-star.

  4. 00maltliquor - Jun 1, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    USA all damn day. Nobody else even has a remote chance. Remember, the worlds best bballers come to the US of A to play for their career, not the other way around (unless it’s a lockout, lol!).

  5. BigBeachBall - Jun 1, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    ok spain, u want the trophy? It’s yours. Just send us a few of your senoritas and you can have it.

  6. lakerluver - Jun 1, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Pau should worry less about Spain and more about his inconsistent play for the LAKERS.

    • letangusespertplus - Jun 1, 2012 at 7:19 PM

      yeah you’re right. he should worry about that bus the lakers keep throwing him under. stop riding kobe like he didn’t lose that series for you.

  7. lakerluver - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Dude, without Kobe the LAKERS wouldn’t have ever made it to the Finals. I like Pau and appreciate everything he’s done for the LAKERS but it’s pretty much a known fact that he’s considered soft and at times lacks focus. All you have to do is look at his play last season in the playoffs. You may criticize Kobe about this and that but you can never question his heart or desire to win at any cost.

  8. jthammerstix - Jun 2, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    I question Kobe’s heart

  9. fanz928 - Jun 2, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Maybe that will happen if lbj wade Kobe Paul all missed out

  10. boilerup1869 - Jun 2, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Nah

  11. herkulease - Jun 2, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Team USA’s biggest worry is whether enough guys will make it to the camp uninjured or reasonable healthy.

    Rose, Howard and Aldridge are out.

    Westbrook, Durant, Wade, LeBron, Harden are still playing. If both the heat and thunder make to the finals. These guys will only have about a month to rest up for olympics.

    For spain they only have Ibaka left playing. They have only lost Rudy(back surgery) and Rubio.

  12. davidcl77 - Jun 4, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Who cares what he thinks. He’s soft. Bet he has a limp weinke.

  13. 11jlacy - Jun 5, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    A mouth can say anything!!!

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