Back from Vegas, I took in the Lakers-Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on Sunday and listened to a dejected Pau Gasol lament a lack of effort and espouse his frustrations over a lost Lakers season.
You can be damn well sure he is looking forward to the trade deadline, waiting to find out if he’ll play a single meaningful basketball game before summer arrives.
But once summer does arrive, the big Spaniard is going to have a lot left in the tank (pun intended).
And it is never too soon to ask the question: Can Gasol and the Spanish National Team win the World Cup on their home soil? Can they defeat a United states team that will have Kevin Durant as its anchor?
“Well, let’s see who they end up bringing over this summer. That’s what I’m most concerned about right now,” Gasol said. “We are a group that has been together for a long time, so that’s an advantage. We’re hungry and we’re going to play at home, so we’ll be ready to go.
“Prediction? I wish I knew, my friend,” Gasol said in closing. “We’re going to try to do our best and hopefully win the gold for our country.”