Pau looks forward to gold medal in Beijing Olympics

Pau looks forward to gold medal in Beijing Olympics

Postby JSM on Fri Jul 04, 2008 5:53 pm

China View: Spanish basketball star Pau Gasol is looking forward to working with his former coach and leading his country's attempt to win a basketball gold medal in the Beijing Olympic Games, the Spanish sports newspaper Diario AS reported Friday.

Gasol, who played in the NBA play-off final with the LA Lakers, will be preparing for the Games with new Spanish national coach Aito Garcia Reneses.

Gasol knows the coach well from his time at FC Barcelona when Reneses was Barcelona coach and he was a junior and believes the man in charge of the Spanish team has some responsibility for his subsequent success.

"He helped me evolve as a player and also to move to the NBA. I am looking forward to being under his orders, to see the details and his habits. He is a coach who likes intensity in the work and we want to see how the team assimilates that and responds," said Gasol.

The Spanish basketball side will travel to China on the back of the two most successful years in its history.

Under the guidance of former coach Vicente "Pepu" Hernandez they were crowned world champions in 2006 and then took the silver medal in last year's European Championships. However, Gasol believes another team has to be favorite to take gold in Beijing.

"The USA," he said. "They have got a great side, but we are going to fight hard to finish as high as possible."

"We have to play them on August 16 and that will be very special," he said. Reneses may only be Spain coach for the Olympic Games, before a possible move to Unicaja Malaga, but Gasol insists the Spanish players are not interested in rumors and are only focused on one thing.

"We are with the national team to prepare for the Olympic Games, which is a very important championship. That is all we are here for."

"We have a very strong squad made up of quality players and the team has shown that as a unit it is more important than any single individual," he said.
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Postby CaCHooKa Man on Fri Jul 04, 2008 6:52 pm

the only way hell get to hold a gold medal is if kobe lets him see his during training camp
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Postby Lord Johnny on Fri Jul 04, 2008 6:53 pm

go Pau :jam2: :jam2:
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Postby puffyusaf#2 on Fri Jul 04, 2008 10:10 pm

Guess Pau will be disappointed twice this year. Egh... maybe it'll make him a little tougher.
For what it's worth, the Lakers also clinched the Pacific Division, an achievement Bryant dismissed by saying "We don't hang divisions." No, only the big NBA championship banners are considered wall-worthy for the Lakers.
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Postby fanboyslim on Sat Jul 05, 2008 4:02 am

puffyusaf#2 wrote:Guess Pau will be disappointed twice this year. Egh... maybe it'll make him a little tougher.

Nah, he's said multiple times the USA are the favorites by a large margin and any medal will be a success.
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Postby nicehair911 on Sat Jul 05, 2008 12:44 pm

fanboyslim wrote:
puffyusaf#2 wrote:Guess Pau will be disappointed twice this year. Egh... maybe it'll make him a little tougher.

Nah, he's said multiple times the USA are the favorites by a large margin and any medal will be a success.


Not exactly the mentality you wanna have :bang:
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Postby fanboyslim on Sat Jul 05, 2008 2:11 pm

nicehair911 wrote:
fanboyslim wrote:
puffyusaf#2 wrote:Guess Pau will be disappointed twice this year. Egh... maybe it'll make him a little tougher.

Nah, he's said multiple times the USA are the favorites by a large margin and any medal will be a success.


Not exactly the mentality you wanna have :bang:

No, it's realistic, saying the USA aren't the favorites would be delusional. He also says Spain is gonna give their best to try and beat the USA, and I'm sure they'll have possibilities, but it'd be absurd to consider a silver or a bronze to be a failure in these games.
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Postby methodnredd on Sun Jul 06, 2008 2:56 pm

fanboyslim wrote:
nicehair911 wrote:
fanboyslim wrote:
puffyusaf#2 wrote:Guess Pau will be disappointed twice this year. Egh... maybe it'll make him a little tougher.

Nah, he's said multiple times the USA are the favorites by a large margin and any medal will be a success.


Not exactly the mentality you wanna have :bang:

No, it's realistic, saying the USA aren't the favorites would be delusional. He also says Spain is gonna give their best to try and beat the USA, and I'm sure they'll have possibilities, but it'd be absurd to consider a silver or a bronze to be a failure in these games.


There's first place and losers. That's it. Silver and Bronze are like division banners and Conference Champ trophies. Meaningless.
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Postby blocks on Sun Jul 06, 2008 8:40 pm

methodnredd wrote:
fanboyslim wrote:
nicehair911 wrote:
fanboyslim wrote:
puffyusaf#2 wrote:Guess Pau will be disappointed twice this year. Egh... maybe it'll make him a little tougher.

Nah, he's said multiple times the USA are the favorites by a large margin and any medal will be a success.


Not exactly the mentality you wanna have :bang:

No, it's realistic, saying the USA aren't the favorites would be delusional. He also says Spain is gonna give their best to try and beat the USA, and I'm sure they'll have possibilities, but it'd be absurd to consider a silver or a bronze to be a failure in these games.


There's first place and losers. That's it. Silver and Bronze are like division banners and Conference Champ trophies. Meaningless.


...to us, yes, anything less of a gold medal and domination is a failure...but are saying it would not be a great accomplishment if say the Iranian team won Bronze?
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Postby methodnredd on Mon Jul 07, 2008 12:29 pm

blocks wrote:
methodnredd wrote:
fanboyslim wrote:
nicehair911 wrote:
fanboyslim wrote:
puffyusaf#2 wrote:Guess Pau will be disappointed twice this year. Egh... maybe it'll make him a little tougher.

Nah, he's said multiple times the USA are the favorites by a large margin and any medal will be a success.


Not exactly the mentality you wanna have :bang:

No, it's realistic, saying the USA aren't the favorites would be delusional. He also says Spain is gonna give their best to try and beat the USA, and I'm sure they'll have possibilities, but it'd be absurd to consider a silver or a bronze to be a failure in these games.


There's first place and losers. That's it. Silver and Bronze are like division banners and Conference Champ trophies. Meaningless.


...to us, yes, anything less of a gold medal and domination is a failure...but are saying it would not be a great accomplishment if say the Iranian team won Bronze?


If they were gunning for gold and got bronze, I would say it's an accomplishment, but they wouldn't be true winners. The goal should always be gold, no competitor should every look at 2nd or 3rd and say that achieving that status is their goal, however.
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