Highlights of Pau Gasol’s EuroBasket MVP effort

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It was a vintage Pau Gasol performance. Nothing too flashy, just taking what the defense gives you, then using solid fundamentals to make them pay. Every time.

Pau Gasol was named the EuroBasket MVP after leading Spain to the continent’s championship. He averaged 25.6 points a game on 57.6 percent shooting, plus pulled down 8.8 rebounds and dished out 2.9 assists per game. He saved his best game for the toughest one, putting up 40 points against France to lead Spain to a dramatic overtime win in the semi-finals.

What Gasol gave Spain was a trip to the Rio Olympics next season, where Gasol says he will play.

The good news for Gasol is with Fred Hoiberg in charge, he likely will get some rest in the preseason and training camp that his previous coach would not have granted.