Pau Gasol named MVP of tournament after leading Spain to EuroBasket title
Pau Gasol was completely dominant in leading Spain to the EuroBasket championship, and was named MVP of the tournament after his team beat Lithuania on Sunday.
The question on the minds of Bulls fans is whether or not Gasol will be drained after exerting so much effort just a week or so before Chicago opens training camp to begin the NBA season.
“It was an incredible championship,” Gasol said. “We went through struggles early on but the team responded well, and with our backs to the wall, we understood that we had to play better defense.”
Gasol finished with 25 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, three blocked shots, one steal and no turnovers to earn the tournament's MVP award.
“It's of special significance to play this well at this stage of my career after all I've accomplished,” said Gasol, the 35-year-old Chicago Bulls center who has two NBA championship rings with the Los Angeles Lakers. “It is something I will remember until the end of my life.”