Pau Gasol passes the medical examination with FC Barcelona.PACO LARGO / Europa Press
Pau Gasol passed the medical examination prior to the formalization of his signing for FC Barcelona . The 40-year-old returns to the Barça team 20 years after he left to start his successful NBA career, where he won two titles with the Lakers and was a six-time All Star.
The center of Sant Boi has not played since March of 2019 and in May of that year he underwent surgery in the United States for a navicular fracture in his left foot. He had to be operated on again months later and the recovery has been long and until a few months ago he could not begin to exercise on a court in California, where he lived.
After the medical tests, Pau Gasol went to the Palau Blaugrana where the junior team players were training. He was greeted with the new president of the club, Joan Laporta , and with his former partner, personal friend and technical secretary of training basketball, Juan Carlos Navarro. It is not yet known when Pau Gasol will be presented as a new Barça player. It is likely not before Laporta takes office as president. The next game for the basketball team is Thursday on the Real Madrid court, corresponding to the 29th day of the Euroleague.
Pau Gasol's signing for Barça closed on February 20. He traveled from California to Barcelona on March 3 and upon arrival he stated: “We have to see where I am after a year away from the slopes and I want to see how the body is, as well as the foot, to have a clear photo. Also see what kind of work I have to do, as well as the loads and training. ”