Pau Gasol: “I’m not thinking about retirement yet, although I know that it will happen sooner than later.”
The Spanish big man recently touched on his playing career, as well as re-signing with the San Antonio Spurs, where he made it clear, he is looking to play as many seasons he can in the NBA. "I want to play the maximum number of seasons, as long as I feel good. I have played 16-years in the NBA and I hope to play some more, but I have to keep working and respect any injuries, as I have so far."
As for re-signing with the Spurs after opting out of his deal, Pau says both sides are looking forward to getting a deal done and is hoping to reach an agreement soon. Pau also spoke on the West getting stronger this offseason, saying the Spurs are still one of the best in the West. "All the teams in the West, especially the top teams, are getting much stronger to compete and try to beat the first level of teams, like the Spurs."
And the biggest question for him is this is his last tournament with the national team. It seems that he has not decided yet if he will retire or not: “I always think it’s going to be my last year, both in the national team and in my NBA team. I love this sport and I love to continue playing at the highest level. The older I become the more complicated it will be for me to be back but I still play at a good level. I would be 40 years old in the next Olympic Games and I’ve been already many games for many years. During next season I’ll assess how I feel and if I will play with the national team or not. Things can change pretty quick”
January 27, 2021 | 6:50 pm EST Update
RJ Marquez: Gregg Popovich says Derrick White is expected to play this weekend. Said he wants to play now, but expect him in the lineup this weekend. #Spurs #NBA #KSATsports
RJ Marquez: Luka Samanic has been assigned to the Austin Spurs. The second-year power forward and 2019 first round pick has not been able to crack the rotation and played in only 4 games this season. #KSATsports #Spurs #NBA
January 27, 2021 | 6:28 pm EST Update
Tom Moore: #Lakers coach Frank Vogel on Dwight Howard last season: ‘Dwight was at a low point in his career. We gave him an opportunity to play a role he hadn’t played before. … My relationship with him over that full season was one of the most rewarding of my career.’