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San Antonio Spurs: Pau Gasol thanks his Spain EuroBasket team

By Rob Wolkenbrod
BARCELONA, SPAIN - JUNE 29: San Antonio Spurs player Pau Gasol attends the press during the presentation of Pau Gasol Academy 2017 at Cafe NBA on June 29, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jordi Vidal/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - JUNE 29: San Antonio Spurs player Pau Gasol attends the press during the presentation of Pau Gasol Academy 2017 at Cafe NBA on June 29, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jordi Vidal/Getty Images)
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San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol thanked his EuroBasket team, as their run ended in this 2017 tournament. What did he have to say about Team Spain?

Pau Gasol will enter his second season with the San Antonio Spurs. It’s on a new contract, as he re-signed for three years, $45 million, with the third seasons partially guaranteed.

Gasol’s Spurs season won’t start until Wednesday, Oct. 18. Prep for it will likely get underway soon, as the EuroBasket 2017 tournament came to an end, at least for the 37-year-old’s Team Spain. They won the Bronze Medal game over Russia.

With a medal captured, Gasol took to Twitter to thank Team Spain and the run they had in EuroBasket. He said “Thanks to everyone for the love!! I’m super proud to be part of this incredible team. Another medaaal!!”

Thanks to everyone for the love!! I'm super proud to be a part of this incredible team. Another medaaal!!#AlwaysTogether #Family #Eurobasket pic.twitter.com/LaJr2C1ztI

— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) September 17, 2017

Given Gasol’s age, was that his last EuroBasket game? If so, he went out in style and received a medal for his effort. He finished with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks, according to FIBA’s website, and had one last chance to play with his brother Marc, the star center for the Memphis Grizzlies.

Gasol ended his EuroBasket on a high note, but can turn to the Spurs’ 2017-18 season. While it doesn’t start for one month, the preseason will kick off on Oct. 1. He’s fresh from playing a handful of games in August and September, so rust shouldn’t be an issue. Head coach Gregg Popovich, if anything, should rest him to ensure he stays fit for Opening Night, as the preseason games have no meaning.

Next: Ranking the 2017-18 season roster

The Spaniard will enter his latest NBA season, with an eye on the championship. He won two with the Los Angeles Lakers (2009, 2010), and will target the trifecta in the 2018 playoffs, if the Spurs make it. The journey begins on Wednesday, Oct. 18 against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX.

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