Vincent Poirier (17-10-1993; Clamart, France) is Real Madrid’s latest recruit and joins the club until 2024. The French international center, who measures in at 2.13m and is 27 years old, is currently one of the leading inside players in European basketball. He is an out-and-out number five and is very strong on rebounds and solid in and around the basket. He has previous experience in the ACB and the EuroLeague and checks in to bolster Pablo Laso’s side following a stint in the NBA.
FC Barcelona officially presented Gasol as the new player of the team, with the Spanish center revealing his target with the team. “One of my biggest dreams is to win the EuroLeague, which I haven’t won yet. I am not the same Pau that left twenty years ago. I am a different player. This makes it all the more special. I hope to provide the team with all my experience.”
Olgun Uluc: Nigeria has been invited to the pre-Olympic basketball bubble in Las Vegas, sources told ESPN. Team USA, Australia, Argentina, and potentially Spain will be at the hub, where exhibition games will be played ahead of Tokyo 2021; the tentative date is July 7-16, sources said.
Pau Gasol is back in professional basketball after announcing his intent to rejoin the team that launched his career, FC Barcelona. The two-time NBA champion last played in 2019, splitting his final year between the San Antonio Spurs and Milwaukee Bucks. After spending the past few seasons recovering from a foot injury, Gasol is looking forward to his new opportunity. “I’ve enjoyed a fantastic basketball career. I’m working to see if I can enjoy it a little longer, prolong it for at least a few more months,” Gasol told CNN Sport.
Gasol thinks his learned ability to “quiet the chatter in your mind” helped him during the Lakers’ championship runs in 2009 and 2010. Now, he wants to impart the wisdom he’s gained through coaching to other people. “For someone to be able to share those ideas, concepts, mindsets into our lives and to help us grow and develop that stuff, that’s also what life is about, right?” he said.
Gasol has signed up to be an advisor with employee wellness and coaching company BetterUp. He hopes that his experiences can help organizations shape policies that benefit its employees. Beyond BetterUp, he’s also looking to directly help other organizations, from the NBA to the Olympics. “I’m researching and contacting a lot of [NBA] owners and executives to see what they have in mind […] and how I could help their franchise and maybe build a winning culture,” he said. “I’m a candidate for the Athletes Commission for the IOC, I hope that I might be elected to be part of the Athletes Commission and contribute to the growth and progress of the Olympics.”