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Pau Gasol shreds Brazil at FIBA World Cup (VIDEO)

Sep 2, 2014, 10:37 AM EDT

If you watched Spain’s destruction of Brazil in World Cup play on Monday, the assertion that those were the second and third best teams in the tournament would leave you feeling like it wasn’t a very strong tournament at all.

Brazil was helpless trying to stop Spain’s offense for much of the game, and Pau Gasol put on a show on both ends of the floor in leading his team to victory.

Neither Anderson Varejao nor Nene had any chance of slowing Gasol, who had it going from inside and out, and even rejected Nene with a clean block at the rim.

I’ve maintained since the middle of last season that Gasol would return to playing at a borderline All-Star level once he left the Lakers and was properly utilized in a new situation; this performance in World Cup play has to have left Bulls fans pretty excited for the future.

  1. bskeezy000 - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Pau is still wet. If D-Rose can stay healthy, I think they could knock off the Cavs – but that’s asking for a lot. Either way, the Bulls have a nice team, and should be back in the mix in the Eastern Conference.

  2. lazykiz - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Don’t worry, the great Plumlee will shut him down.

  3. chicitybulls - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Oh yeah. Noah and Pau on the court at the same damn time. Good luck getting something at the rim

    • duhwighthoward - Sep 2, 2014 at 2:34 PM

      Based on this video, you can see why the Bulls are better than the Cavs and Wizards. Stay Healthy, Derrick Rose. Don’t blow it for Pau!

      • dj3garrett - Sep 2, 2014 at 4:35 PM

        Based on a game between Spain and Brazil??? It’s a little different in the NBA… There’s this 3 second rule… Also, this Spain team didn’t have to worry about other NBA stars… Depending on the team, Gasol or Noah could be hanging out at the 3 point line all day…

      • asimonetti88 - Sep 2, 2014 at 4:49 PM

        “Also, this Spain team didn’t have to worry about other NBA stars…”

        Brazil’s frontline includes Anderson Varejao, Nene and Tiago Splitter… additionally Marcus Vieira is a former NBA draft pick…

      • money2long - Sep 2, 2014 at 7:50 PM

        don’t blow it for POW POW

  4. ebecks34 - Sep 2, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    The Pau Gasol 3 point is the most beautiful shot in basketball.

  5. romestar82 - Sep 2, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    proof of another dumb move made by my shotty laker team

    • sportsfan18 - Sep 2, 2014 at 12:35 PM

      uh, one may say that again… (and again, and again…).

    • smoothaswilkes - Sep 2, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      What dumb move was that? Pau left for less money than the Lakers offered. He wanted to go to a team that had a chance to win. The Lakers don’t. Besides, it’s better for the Lakers to bottom out this year and get back that top 3 protected pick from the Suns – with a little help from the ping pong balls.

      Given Kobe’s contract and how free agency hasn’t been working out, it’s time for the Lakers to get some more home grown talent on the team that they can control the next 4-5 years on the cheap. Once the young players start to mature then you bring in guys like Pau. After that the big name free agents will find their way back to the purple and gold.

      Of course most of the irrational or bandwagon Lakers fans have no tolerance for that. Remember the 90s much?

  6. thevza - Sep 2, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    As a Laker fan, I am happy for Pau. He deserves a change of scenery instead of withering away on a team that has refused to let him play to his strengths. I’ll always be a fan and enjoyed watching him team up with Kobe for so many years- it was a thing of beauty that even Laker-haters had to appreciate.

    • therealhtj - Sep 2, 2014 at 6:28 PM

      I think Lakers fans will regret losing Pau a little more than they realize.

      I think Bulls fans will not enjoy signing Pau as much as they realize.

    • blogsk3tball - Sep 2, 2014 at 10:38 PM

      As a Lakers fan i cant tell you how much i agree, and hope to see him do well.

  7. campcouch - Sep 2, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    An All-Star player performs at that level regardless of “utilization”. He needs to maintain health and get his numbers back up above what they’ve been the past two season over an entire NBA season, not just 3 tourney games.

  8. 2drunk2dunk - Sep 2, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    first shot on the clip was smoooooth

  9. blogsk3tball - Sep 2, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Pau is still the best (atleast top 3) big man in the world. International play – when he is utilised properly – shows it time and time again.

    As a Lakers fan, i am glad he is going to get some respect back. Our coaching hires did nothing but disrespect a guy who did everything we asked of him.

  10. imakcds - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    I said as soon as Pau signed with the Bulls that he will return to All Star levels because he now has a frontline that COMPLEMENTS his skills, and vice versa. Basketball is a TEAM game, and a good coach UTILIZES the skills of his players and blends those skills into a cohesive winning unit.
    The Lakers (D’Antoni) totally wasted his skills the past couple yrs, and I wish Pau nothing but the best and thank him for his stellar Laker career.

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