Pau Gasol presented this noon in Barcelona the eighteenth edition of the La Pau Gasol Academy by Santander, which will be held at four venues in Barcelona from July 3 to 9: CEM Mundet, La Salle Bonanova, CE Hospitalet Nord and Colegio Padre Damián.
The ex-basketball player has valued all the news of the sport, from the promotion of Bàsquet Girona to the Endesa League, passing through the defeat of Barcelona against Madrid in the domestic competition until the withdrawal of the Olympic candidacy of Catalonia and Aragon for host the Winter Games in 2030.
Ascent of Girona. “Now there is a challenge of continuity, growth and adaptation to the highest category with a sustainable project that remains at this level for many years.”
Figure of Marc Gasol, president and player. “Marc has to lead the way and when some time passes we’ll see how we approach it.”
Olympic bid failed. “It’s a shame because it was an opportunity to send a joint candidacy message, which had an important value that sport unites. In the end it hasn’t been like that and it’s a shame. It’s a wise decision because an attempt has been made to politicize from the of Aragon. Catalonia, in the words of Alejandro Blanco himself, has had an exemplary behavior and the other party has not followed the same line and that is why the candidacy has fallen”.
Barça, without ACB title. “Madrid arrived with more strength and cohesion than Barcelona. It’s a shame because it’s an opportunity that hasn’t been taken advantage of after dominating much of the season. They haven’t finished well and Madrid showed a greater competitive spirit than Barça in the final stretch of the season. You have to do self-analysis and self-criticism so that next season will be different”.
When Barça plays with Girona I will have a broken heart
Turning point in Belgrade. “It has been seen that after the Final Four the team was affected and there have been things that have happened that have affected the team and that is shown on the track. I am not one to point out but to talk about things and solve them. Everyone The world has to do its job to create the atmosphere that is reflected in key moments of the season. I would have liked the result to have been different, but
You have to learn from this and improve. The last two years have been first in the regular phase, but if you are in the best moment, in the end you end up winning. This is what has happened in the NBA where the final was played by the Warriors and the Celtics.”
Duel between Barcelona and Bàsquet Girona. “I’m also Barça’s ambassador and I’ll have a broken heart, we’ll see if I’m in the box”.