Pau Gasol will culminate his career at Barça, the team where he started playing when he was 16, with which he made his professional debut in January 1999 and with which he became a star of European basketball in the 2000-2001 season, before start his long period in the NBA
After a long, uncertain and unprecedented decision process due to the injury that prevented him from playing since March 10, 2019, the pandemic and the disruption in all competitions, from the NBA Until the Olympic Games, the emblematic Spanish player, at age 40, has reached an agreement with Barça to play for Barça until the end of the season.
Pau trains in northern California, on a field near the house where He resides with his wife Catherine McDonnell and their three-month-old daughter Elisabet Gianna. Operated twice for a navicular stress fracture in his left foot, he has worked hard on his recovery, although with all the inconveniences arising from confinement due to the pandemic. His personal physiotherapist Joaquín Juan has not been able to be with him as long as he would have liked. He has published several images of his training sessions on a court on social networks. The last game he played in the NBA was on March 3, 2019 with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Barça has just been proclaimed champion of the Copa del Rey, leads the Euroleague and is second in the Endesa League standings. Jasikevicius wanted to incorporate a center. The Barça coach knows Pau very well, with whom he came to play for Barça, and against whom he has faced on occasion in national team competitions. Mirotic, who signed for Barça in July 2019, is a personal friend of Pau, with whom he played for two seasons (2014-2015 and 2015-2016) with the Chicago Bulls, before the Sant Boi player signed for San Antonio Spurs.
Pau's return to Barça has been possible thanks to the good relationship that the pivot maintains with the entity. The center of Sant Boi signed an agreement with the Barcelona entity whereby he is, since March 2019, its strategic advisor and global ambassador in the United States.
Pau has suffered, for better and for worse, an intense and constant frenzy emotional for the past two years. He underwent foot surgery (May 9, 2019), saw his brother Marc win the NBA champion ring (June 13) and also the World Cup with the Spanish team (September 15), he married Catherine McDonell ( July 7), signed and soon after terminated his contract with Portland (July 25 and November 20). 2020 could not have started in a worse way. His friends Kobe Bryant (January 26), Pau Donés (June 9) and Carlos Ruiz Zafón (June 20) died, he turned 40 (July 6), and his first daughter Elisabet Gianna was born (September 10), with that middle name in honor of Kobe's daughter, who died in the same helicopter accident as her father. And finally, he has made the decision to return to Barça. Returning to compete in a high-level team was the premise to be able to fulfill his goal of competing in the Tokyo Olympic Games that will begin on July 23.