Pau Gasol appeared at a telematic press conference barely 24 hours after meeting the United States for the last time on the road, which has left him out of up to four Olympic Games. In fact, it is the only team that has been able to do so. These were the ratings of the Spanish basketball legend.
An opportunity: “For the team it is a very special opportunity to face a new quarter in the Games against a team that has a lot of talent, but once again we have to show that we are better as a team and we are going to play that match from start to finish and believing in our possibilities. Playing with head and intelligence and minimizing mistakes. I would like to do something very special in some Games that are unique to me and to many colleagues “.
Delusion: “It is a unique and special opportunity that we have to go for. Face it with the utmost confidence and determination possible. In the Games we have lost against them at different times. It would be something wonderful and special to be able to be successful tomorrow and be the winners. “We are going to do what we can to achieve it from all factors, physical, mental and tactical. Try to face this moment as it deserves. A unique opportunity. Finish as winners and be in the fight for the medals.”
United States: “It is a team that has many weapons, as always, and anyone can put them in. It is clear that Durant has a greater weight and we will have to make things as complicated as possible. I do not think this USA team has less talent. They started as a A team not made, but they are great players and they already have filming. They have a very strong team and we are going to see if our collective strength can overcome this individual talent and we can move on to the semis. “
The comparison with France, which beat them: “Perhaps we are a little different from France in terms of the type of players. Their tall men are different from us, but it is true that we have to try to make our inner players a factor, but not only when it comes to generating play. But knowing how to play their defense, moving the ball well and making ourselves known to add and distribute the game to our teammates.
Winning options: “You win the chances on the court. We are going to have to do a great job to beat them. Minimizing mistakes is key to winning. You don’t have to give them second options, close the rebound well … those details that cost us the game against Slovenia are the ones who make the difference between victory and defeat. “
His role and his possible last game: “I will try to continue adding from my role, from my role. I am proud to be here contributing and adding. Doing the best I can for my teammates and without thinking about anything else. Compete to the fullest and contribute everything I can. It is a great success and I am very happy to be here living these Games after two years of inactivity. “
The blow that the rival in the quarterfinals is the United States: “We knew that if we lost we had a high chance that the rival would be the United States and it was our turn. If we had won and played the pass against Germany or Italy, we could not be so happy and relaxed and we would not consider them affordable. Playing against the USA is a challenge, presents you with a difficulty because of your individual talent. But every adversity presents you with an opportunity to do something incredible and historic that we have not been able to do in other Games and we have the option to do it again and that the result is different. emotionally strong in that match. “