August 29, 2016, 8:42 am
He’s been practicing with a Spanish junior team in preparation for his return and seems to be ready to rock. He’s been working mostly in half-court sets, which doesn’t exactly portend good things for conditioning, but is still a nice sign for all involved.
Gasol also claims he was a week or two away from being able to play for Spain at the Rio Olympics. His presence would’ve made Spain a far more dangerous team though they were still able to earn a medal without him. He touched on Spain’s semifinal matchup against the eventual champion American squad, saying ” They felt they could have beaten the U.S… I don’t know how big of a shot they had, but it’s true that you could see they could have beaten them.”
The game would’ve been far more captivating had both Gasols played, but that’s a thought exercise for another day.
Obviously a foot injury of that magnitude is nothing to take lightly. Gasol is probably on the optimistic side of the spectrum given the inherent bias involved in, you know, diagnosing your own medical condition, but there’s little reason to believe that he won’t be ready for the season. He’ll be key to Memphis’ postseason aspirations, as always, so getting the big man back quick and keeping him healthy is imperative this year.