Pau Gasol is taking seriously Spain's bid for Olympic hardware. "I have been preparing myself and working to get better this summer," Gasol, a two-time NBA champion with the Lakers, told reporters at a news conference. NBA team mate Kobe Bryant took notice after Gasol led Spain with 19 points in an exhibition game defeat to the United States in Barcelona on Tuesday.
Bryant said the 7-foot (2.13m), 32-year-old Gasol looked stronger, absorbing contact and pushing back in an impressive display that boded well for future Lakers' success. "I'm a beast," Gasol told Reuters. "Yeah, I feel pretty good. I feel strong." Spain, runners-up to the U.S. team at the Beijing Games, play their first game of the Olympic tournament on Sunday against China.
[via Fan Nation]