Next October 5 will be one year since Pau Gasol announced his retirement from professional basketball and began a new stage, which he describes as entertaining, in which he was able to form part of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) athletes and get to know an NBA franchise from the inside.
“My day to day is entertaining”, defines the former basketball player in an interview with EFE coinciding with the presentation of the Pau Gasol Academy by Santander.
Settled for much of the year in San Francisco (United States), gasoline He has taken advantage of his first months away from the tracks to learn “in the first person” how the gear of the Golden State Warriors, current NBA champions, an experience that has allowed him to learn the keys to the success of a “high level” team.
“The Warriors they have been very successful because they have done things very well for many years, from the owners to the executive team that has formed Bob Mayersand a very good team of scouts”, highlights the former player of the Barcathe memphis grizzlies Y Los Angeles Lakersamong other equipment.
To this, in his opinion, has been added the commitment to Steve Kerr as coach, the good selections in the draft and keeping the core of players made up of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
“It is an accumulation of good decisions and they have created a culture that leads you to build a high-level team. This is what I have been able to learn by seeing it in the first person,” he highlights about his experience in the Warriors.
In the last few months, in addition to knowing the interiorities from the executive point of view of a franchise of the NBAhas tried to “contribute experience, knowledge and opinion” to a body such as the International Olympic Committee, being a member of the Athletes’ Commission, and has been “more” involved in the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE).
“I am enjoying this change of pace, assuming other responsibilities, contributing and collaborating in the world of sport and society in an important way,” he reflects.
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And he adds: “I am involved in developing the new Sports Law with my role as president and co-founder of the Gasol Foundation, with many initiatives to demonstrate the state of health of many children in the country, and also with the launch of the strategic plan for the reduction of childhood obesity”.
All this without forgetting his role as Vice President of the Basketball Gironateam recently promoted to the Endesa Leagueof which his brother, Markis president and player.
The continuity of his brother as a professional player is still unknown and, in this sense, the vice president of the Basketball Girona points out that everything will depend on how he is “on a physical and emotional level”.
“Mark He has to see to what extent he wants to continue playing, and if he wants to continue doing so with Girona after this epic, magnificent and historic feat he has achieved. The commitment of Mark with the club is total, and I will be here to help him and contribute whatever he tells me”, he specifies.
Beyond his new facet in the world of sport, Pau Gasol He does not forget Barça, the club in which he debuted and played in his last year as a professional, which this year has fallen in the semifinals of the Euroleague and in the final of the Endesa League at the hands of real Madrid.
“The Barca he has to identify what has happened, do an analysis, with self-criticism and improve certain things so that the team can win at key moments”, he argues gasoline.