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Marc Gasol says he won't play for Barcelona

Posted on: August 4, 2011 10:04 am
Edited on: August 4, 2011 10:46 am
 
By Matt Moore

FC Barcelona is such a popular (and thereby successful) team in Spain that if anyone was going to make big strides during the lockout luring NBA players back to play, you'd think it would be them. The NBA players who have played for them, and there have been quite a few, have always spoken highly of the situation, with Juan Carlos Navarro actually preferring to stay with the club rather than remain in the NBA (and the horrible-at-the-time Grizzlies). But for whatever reason, it's unlikely you'll be seeing too many NBA guys playing for FC Barcelona in Euroleague next year. 

Tuesday, Ricky Rubio said he would only return if the entire season were lost for the NBA. And on Wednesday, Marc Gasol told Marc Mundet of RAC1 in Catalonia that he doesn't think it would be fair to return to FC Barcelona since he would want to go back to the NBA when the lockout is over.  Gasol termed that idea as "selfish" and said that's just not the way he is. 

Gasol is a restricted free agent when the lockout ends and is due for his biggest payday, what will likely be a max contract (whatever that is for a player of his situation in the new CBA). It was his play that provided the backbone for the Grizzlies' playoff run, and he's considered one of, if not the best young overall center in the league outside of Dwight Howard. He played for two seasons with FC Barcelona after graduating high school in Memphis. 

So it would appear there will not be a reformation of the 2008 Spanish national team for FC Barcelona, but the team should do fine. It routinely wins its league and is considered one of the top European clubs even without Gasol. And if the entire season is lost, who knows?


(HT: HoopsHype)
Comments

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2011 11:50 pm
 

Marc Gasol says he won't play for Barcelona

Marc Gasol is staying healthy because he wants to play for the Warriors. After all Jerry West "drafted" him. Look it up. West did draft Gasol...in a round about way..according to Laker and Raptor fanswho claim to know what they are talking about.



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:27 pm
 

Marc Gasol says he won't play for Barcelona

Your front office would kill to have him on your team, dipwad.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2011 10:46 pm
 

Marc Gasol says he won't play for Barcelona

The Pistons suck...lol



Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2011 6:15 pm
 

Marc Gasol says he won't play for Barcelona

who cares? he sucks


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