Jasikevicius: “Pau Gasol deserves 100% to be in the Hall of Fame”

Barça coach Sarunas Jasikevicius highlighted “the human face” of Pau Gasol, who on Tuesday announced his retirement as a basketball player. The Lithuanian coach, who last season he coached the Spanish power forward and coincided with him at the Barça club as a player In 2000, Gasol valued his career in the press conference after the match that his team won against Casademont Zaragoza (76-63).

I always say that I keep the human part of Pau. I met him in 2000 when he was a humble and normal boy, and now you can talk about all things with him. You feel that all the things he does he does from the heart, “said the Lithuanian coach.

On the same day of his retirement, the Los Angeles Lakers, with whom Gasol won two NBA rings, announced that they will withdraw the shirt with the Catalan player’s number 16, something that, according to Jasikevicius, proves that you deserve to enter “100%” in the ‘Hall of Fame’ (‘Hall of fame’) of American basketball.

Ponsarnau: “It has helped us to believe that we can be good”

The Casademont Zaragoza coach, Jaume Ponsarnau, assured for his part that the objective “was to learn” from the game against Barça. “Our goal was to learn from this match, we will learn but we know that there have been moments in which we have done things wrong and others in which we have done something better, “he said at the press conference after the match played at the Palau Blaugrana.

Noted that Barça took advantage of “his physique” and a “solid” basketball to “win clearly” a match that ended, in his opinion, when his players did not find “that offensive streak” that in the first half allowed them to keep the game level.

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Finally, the Catalan coach also had words of thanks to Pau Gasol, who this Tuesday announced his retirement as a basketball player. “He is a player who has been so involved in our basketball that he has helped us believe that we can be good,” said Ponsarnau, who highlighted Gasol’s “ability to lead”.

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