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Pau Gasol commits to Spanish team for Rio Olympics

Pau Gasol Spain

Catherine Steenkeste

Pau Gasol says he plans to vacation next August in Brazil.

Well, maybe more of a working vacation. Spain won EuroBasket, and just reaching the Finals had qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, where they will be one of the few teams given any hope of beating the United States. But to have any chance, they need to have all their stars on hand.

Count Pau Gasol in.

He said this after Spain’s win Sunday, via Sportando.

“I will play at the Olympic Games trying to win a medal” Gasol said.

Did you expect any other answer? He’s been very loyal to Spain over the years. Obviously, the health of the then 36-year-old Gasol will factor in, but with new Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg under orders to reduce the minutes on all the Bulls’ stars, the odds are better he will be able to go.

To medal again, Spain also will need Pau’s his brother Marc Gasol to play, as well as Serge Ibaka (he plays internationally for Spain), and Ricky Rubio, all of whom sat out EuroBasket. Spain is on the older end of the age curve with the Gasol generation, but this is the team that won the Silver medal the last two Olympics, and in what ultimately becomes a one-and-done tournament they are dangerous.