The legends deserve a farewell at the height of what they achieved during their career. Pau Gasol and Luis Scola They seek to put the finishing touch to unforgettable races, in which they were absolute benchmarks in their respective countries and became icons of world sport. Both are far from their best level, but each in his own way, seeks the opportunity to attend what would be their fifth Olympics. They were born the same year and led their teams in Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro 2016. The suspension of the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, allows them to face a farewell season with the desire and ambition to arrive in top form at their last dance.
Pau Gasol is in advanced conversations with the FC Barcelona in order to return home as the prodigal son who triumphed abroad and wants to feel the warmth of home. He continues to recover from the serious injury to his left foot that has kept him off the slopes for almost a year and has no other option than to be part of the Spanish Olympic team. With two silver and one bronze to his credit, the dream of reaping a gold is enough motor to keep Sant Boi in the fray, eager to give himself another opportunity to reap the only great achievement that he has not achieved in his career.
He will have to do it from a different role, but he is willing to assume whatever is for the common good. His physical condition makes it extremely difficult for him to find an NBA contract that would give him options to play quality minutes, something he will have at FC Barcelona under the leadership of his friend. Sarunas Jasikevicius, who will surely find a way to involve him in the dynamics of the group, ensure that he acquires a competitive rhythm and provide him with a role that will help his team fight for glory in Europe.
For his part, Luis Scola runs away from the pressure and demand of competing in the Euroleague and signing for Pallacanestro Varese it is the materialization of his fervent desire to compete continuously, always with his sights set on the Olympic event. « I am looking forward to competing again in the Olympic Games, for me it would be incredible. I want to work hard in Italy to return all the confidence they have placed in me and to be able to reach the best level with my team, » stated the AS, who was Olympic gold. in Athens 2004 and bronze in Beijing 2008. Everything is in the air before the coronavirus advances; If he did not remit for the summer of 2021, the icing on two legendary races could not be put, to the dismay of any fan.