MADRID (AP) — Spain included Pau Gasol in its preliminary squad for the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday.
The 40-year-old Gasol was among the many 18 gamers known as up by coach Sergio Scariolo to arrange for the Tokyo Video games. Solely 12 gamers will make the ultimate squad.
The 2-time NBA champion is making an attempt to play in his fifth Olympics. He was included after overcoming an extended damage layoff and a profitable return to Barcelona this season. He’ll flip 41 earlier than the video games open on July 23.
Gasol’s brother, Marc, additionally made the checklist, as did Ricky Rubio. Each had been key for Spain when it received the world championship two years in the past in China. A complete of eight world champions are on the preliminary checklist. Marc Gasol performs for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Different names within the squad embody Rudy Fernández, Sergio Rodríguez, Alex Abrines, Sergio Llull and newcomer Usman Garuba, who’s projected to be a first-round decide within the NBA draft subsequent month.
One other sibling pair — Juancho and Willy Hernangómez — had been included. Rubio and Juancho Hernangómez are teammates on the Minnesota Timberwolves. Willy Hernangómez performed this season for the New Orleans Pelicans.
The staff will start its preparations on Friday in Madrid.
Spain is a three-time silver medalist on the Olympics. It received the bronze on the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
The U.S. males are searching for a fourth consecutive gold medal.
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