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JJ81
02-19-2009, 01:44 PM
FIBA Europe announced on Thursday that Spanish superstar Pau Gasol has been named the 2008 FIBA Europe Player of the Year by fans and a panel of expert voters.

Gasol finished ahead of fellow Spaniard Rudy Fernandez and 2005 winner Dirk Nowitzki, among others, to claim the prize.

The 2.15m center led Spain in points, rebounds and blocked shots at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing where his team claimed a

Gasol's teammate Rudy Fernandez finished second. silver medal.

Those numbers included some herculean performances.

The Barcelona native scored 31 point and grabbed nine rebounds in a win over Angola and dominated Croatia to the tune of 20 point and 10 boards. He also performed admirably in the gold medal game against highly fancied Team USA, scoring 21 points and pulling down six rebounds.

Domestically Gasol helped lead the Los Angeles Lakers to the 2008 NBA Finals after being traded from Memphis mid-season. He averaged 18.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots in 27 games with the Lakers.

"Pau Gasol's performance this summer in Beijing proved how worthy he is of this award," said FIBA Europe President George Vassilakopoulos.

"There are few players more passionate about playing for their country then Pau, and that passion is evident on the court."

"Pau is just now entering the prime of his career. He was a joy to watch in Beijing, not only because of his physical skills but becuase of the obvious pride he takes in playing for his country." added Secretary General Nar Zanolin.

Following Gasol, Fernandez and Nowitzki in the top five of the voting were Ramunas Siskauskas of Lithuania and France's Tony Parker.


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thedfactor
02-19-2009, 01:52 PM
Congrats.

DirkIsTheBest
02-19-2009, 02:28 PM
Nobody cares about FIBA ! Dirk is the best european player ever ! DIRK IS MVP !

oshea225
02-19-2009, 03:04 PM
:cricket:

haha no really though, congrats to him

Kakaroach
02-19-2009, 06:06 PM
Congratz to Pau Gasol cuz he deserved it. But why did Rudy finish ahead of Dirk?

Hellcrooner
02-19-2009, 06:17 PM
Nobody cares about FIBA ! Dirk is the best european player ever ! DIRK IS MVP !

1 Petrovic is the best Nba euro ever.

2 Parker is better than Dirk and a FINAlS mvp

3 wait until Gasol gets his ring.

theimortalone
02-19-2009, 07:11 PM
Nobody cares about FIBA ! Dirk is the best european player ever ! DIRK IS MVP !

You're obsession for Dirk is pretty ****ing sickening! :eyebrow: :puke:

greg_ory_2005
02-19-2009, 07:16 PM
Congrats Gasol!

montazingmvp
02-20-2009, 02:14 PM
well gasol isn't the best european player...but congrats to him

YankeeFan89
02-20-2009, 02:26 PM
well gasol isn't the best european player...but congrats to him

yeah congrats:clap:

Young2Kinsler
02-20-2009, 04:06 PM
While DirkistheBest is nuts, Dirk is the best Euro in the game today, no questions asked.

Hellcrooner
02-20-2009, 04:27 PM
^why does everybody think that?

Im sure if you change Dirk for Pau in the 06 mavs they could have gone the WhOLE way.

JJ81
02-20-2009, 04:59 PM
well gasol isn't the best european player...but congrats to him

Who is then? :rolleyes:

Hustla23
02-20-2009, 05:40 PM
Paul Gasol is a beast !

I liked how he played the last Boston game.

He was willingly pounding down low and not playing like a little *****.

I respect that.

montazingmvp
02-20-2009, 08:04 PM
Who is then? :rolleyes:

dirk nowitski is a superior player to gasol. gasol is not the go to guy in the clutch for his team, dirk is. dirk has won mvp, and has avg'd in high 20's during his career, now at 25ppg. he's just the better player. and im not bias here, im a warriors fan, i hate dirk

Duncan = Donkey
02-20-2009, 08:11 PM
lol dirk is lightyears ahead of gasol

montazingmvp
02-20-2009, 08:18 PM
when dirk is the leader of his team, playoffs, and deep runs in the playoffs. when pau is leader of the team, lottery pick. there's the difference

JJ81
02-20-2009, 08:34 PM
when dirk is the leader of his team, playoffs, and deep runs in the playoffs. when pau is leader of the team, lottery pick. there's the difference

Actually, Pau led Memphis to the play offs 3 times. He missed the playoffs the first two seasons in his career... and so did Dirk.