Gasol to Play for Spain

Pau GasolAccording to the Associated Press, Lakers big man Pau Gasol will represent his home country of Spain in this summer’s European Basketball Championship.

“The season went really well for me and now I want to defend our country,” Gasol said. “We’re really hopeful about the team we have, but we can’t go there with a mentality that we’ll be playing the final just because we’re really good.”

Spain is considered one of the favorites after settling for the silver medal in last summer’s Beijing Olympics. This will be Gasol’s fourth straight offseason competing on the international stage; snagging silver in the 2007 Euro Championship and gold in the 2006 FIBA World Championship, where he was also named tournament MVP.

The European Basketball Championship tournament is scheduled for September 7-20 in Poland.