Raptors’ Marc Gasol reacts to possibility of pairing NBA championship and World Cup title
Following Spain’s 95-88 victory against Australia in the semifinals of the FIBA World Cup, Toronto Raptors big man Marc Gasol is in a unique position to potentially hold the NBA title and the World Cup trophy simultaneously.
When asked about this prospect, the 34-year-old veteran admitted that it is indeed a tremendous opportunity for him, but that he wants to remain focused on the upcoming championship game.
“I don’t want to lose a second to think what it would mean,” Gasol said, via ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. “You look at the big picture, I’m very fortunate I committed to the national team this summer.”
Spain will be facing either Argentina or France in the final match, with both teams currently engaged in a tight battle as of writing.
Gasol went on to say that it has been an honor for him to represent his home nation in this prestigious tournament and that he sees it as his duty to pass on his basketball knowledge to the younger generation on the squad.
“It’s so worth it and not just because we’re playing in the title game,” Gasol said. “It’s the responsibility of passing along the commitment and the loyalty to the team. Those values that we were taught so many years, now it is our turn to pass on the legacy to the next generation. That’s not talent, that’s just commitment.”
Gasol will be entering the new NBA season as part of the defending champions Toronto Raptors. The 7-foot-1 big man will be on the final year of his deal, and if no extension is signed between now and next summer, he will become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.