Pau Gasol skipped out on playing with Spain
Pau Gasol might be the Lakers most important piece. Unquestionably one of the more skilled post-players in the league, the 33-year-old Spaniard underwent knee surgeries instead of lacing them up alongside his baby brother, Marc and repping for the European favorite Spanish national team.
Spain eventually won the Bronze medal in FIBA play against Croatia, as Tony Parker, Nick Batum and the rest of the French Connection took Gold over Linas Kleiza and Croatia, but a rested Gasol means the Lakers get their top-10 post player in the league back healthy this season.
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