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Pau Gasol presented the 18th edition of his Pau Gasol Academy. Before the presentation, Gasol gave an interview to Mundo Deportivo.

Pau Gasol

Pau  Gasol
Position: PF
Age: 41
Height: 213 cm
Weight: 113 kg
Birth place: Barcelona, Spain

Pau Gasol, FC Barcelona's ambassador, has commented on the situation of Barcelona, which recently lost the Spanish ACB finals to Real Madrid.

Gasol ended his playing career in Barcelona last season. At the beginning of his career in Barcelona, Gasol played with current general manager Juan Carlos Navarro and head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius, who has been criticized in recent days. 

"In sports, sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose," started Gasol on the topic.

"It is clear that in the case of Barca, having finished first in the regular season of the EuroLeague and the ACB, with the team he had, he expected to have won at least one of those two titles," Gasol commented on Jasikevicius' situation.

Gasol noted the importance of learning from this season for Barcelona.

"Without a doubt, you have to see them[mistakes] and study them and learn from them so that next year you have a better chance of winning," said Gasol.

Gasol has admitted that the rival Real were just better.

"And congratulate the rival because Madrid has competed better and has fought better," said Gasol.

The Spanish basketball legend also thinks that self-criticism is necessary to improve.

"Now it's time to do a little self-analysis and self-criticism and think about what you can build from now on so that next season ends with better feelings," Gasol added. 

"Saras seems like a great competitor to me, I think he's a very good coach," said Gasol.

"But I think he also has to criticize himself and see how he can improve in order to lead and get the best out of his players," Gasol continued.

Despite recent criticism of Barcelona's head coach, Gasol believes Jasikevicius, whom he called a friend, should lead Barcelona for many years to come and wished him success.

"I hope he will be the Barca coach for many years," said Gasol.

"I hope he will be one of the most successful Barca coaches. That is my wish as a friend, as a fan, and as an ambassador for the club," added Gasol.

"These moments are to grow, learn, and criticize himself and see how things could have been done better," said Gasol.

"What he has to change for the future so that the team and the players give maximum performance," Gasol concluded. 

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2-pointers this season

Points made: 19,5
Accuracy: 53,1%
Place in standings: 8
Record max: 27
Record min: 9
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