09/14/2021 at 3:41 PM CEST
The president of the Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB), Jorge Garbajosa, thought that a possible arrival of Marc Gasol to the club he chairs, the Bàsquet Girona, would be “Awesome“for the LEB Oro, second category of Spanish basketball and “an example of what Spanish basketball wants”.
The youngest of the Gasol brothers was transferred last week from Los Angeles Lakers to the NBA Memphis Grizzlies, and according to several US media, the The player’s wish is to terminate his contract and return to Spain, which could mean that he plays for Girona, of which he is president, and in which he has commented several times that he would like to retire as a professional athlete.
“Marc is very involved with Spanish basketball, he owns a club, president of Girona. If he takes that step, it would be an example of what he wants for Spanish basketball and his club, for LEB Oro it would be impressive, “said the FEB president in statements to the media after the presentation of the Endesa Women’s League in Madrid. Garbajosa acknowledged that the arrival of Marc Gasol would give “visibility” to the second league of Spanish basketball. “As were Bilbao, Betis, Estudiantes this year … He says that the competition has visibility and we have to keep working,” he added.
Marc Gasol, who is 36 years old, and his older brother Pau, who turned 41 in July, announced their retirement from the Spanish team basketball after falling in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games against the United States. On both cases their future is unknown, since Pau Gasol, who last season finished the course at Barcelona winning the Endesa League, still has not revealed if he will continue playing to basketball professionally.
“If he finally retires, which remains to be seen, he has to say it, There are no tributes large enough to live up to his career but also to his commitment to the Spanish national team and basketball. The figure of Pau, the significance of Pau … There are no words. I hope that the decision you make is the one that makes you happy as a person, continue playing or not“Garbajosa considered.