Pau Gasol is a name we have heard of many times over the past few years. Pau Gasol, the third overall pick in 2001. Pau Gasol, the captivating rookie who became the first foreign player to win Rookie of the Year. Pau Gasol, the rock of the Memphis Grizzlies for years. Pau Gasol, traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for his brother Marc Gasol. Pau Gasol, the NBA champion. Pau Gasol, the man who kept the Chicago Bulls out of the basement.

The list goes on and on, and with a resume that long, you have to think, he’s got to be too old to be playing anymore, right? Wrong. The 37-year-old proved the haters wrong yet again, signing a three-year contract with the San Antonio Spurs that will keep him in San Antonio until the tender age of 40.

He’s like the Tom Brady of basketball, the gift that keeps on giving. He just never fails to disappoint. Coach Gregg Popovich liked to play Gasol off the bench, starting DeWayne Dedmon. However, Dedmon signed with the Atlanta Hawks this offseason, leaving Gasol likely to be the starter if the Spurs don’t make another move for the rest of the offseason.

Gasol has developed a strong outside shot, and his inside game is as reliable as ever. Another strong asset Pau brings to the table is his leadership. The Spurs have always been known as a team where that attribute has been the normal, with players like Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili. However, with Duncan retired, Parker on the fritz due to injury,and Ginobili almost certainly retiring after this season, the leadership commonly found on the Spurs might not be there for rookies in years close ahead.

Gasol has, and will, continue to provide that veteran touch. If Gasol can improve his outside shot to the level of his brother, who has become a very consistent shooter for the Grizzlies, then he could be much more effective in this three-point centered league. His decreasing physicality would also benefit from more shooting. All around, Pau Gasol remaining with the Spurs for which seems like the last years of his career sounds like a great idea. Be prepared for many more years of the Spaniard.

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