Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol has had one of the most successful 2019 for an NBA player. Next on the agenda, however, is a brand-spanking-new nickname: “Beer Papi.”
The 34-year-old big man from Spain helped the Raptors win the franchise’s first NBA Finals in June, defeating the dynasty Golden State Warriors in six games. Despite All-Star and Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard leaving in free agency, the Raps are still in a position to do damage in the regular season and possibly the playoffs in 2020.
Then, Gasol competed in the 2019 FIBA World Cup for his home nation of Spain. The souped-up Spanish team featuring the tournament’s MVP Ricky Rubio and the Hernangomez brothers went on to win gold in China, without even having to face the United States who lost to Rudy Gobert and France in the quarter-finals round.
It was an impressive achievement for the 7-foot-1 Gasol, who previously won gold with Spain at the World Cup in 2006’s international competition in Japan.
Marc’s older brother, Pau Gasol, proudly shared a photo of his younger sibling smooching the Larry O’Brien trophy and FIBA silverware. Under the photo, Marc Gasol commented: “Call me BEER PAPI.”
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— Losilla (@Losilla_) September 16, 2019
Marc Gasol had a viral moment last June when he chugged a bottle of wine during the Raptors’ Toronto parade, and he followed that up with more beer chugging after the gold medal accomplishment with SPain.
The Spanish center’s summer has been drowned in booze while the achievements keep on rolling.