Only one of the Gasols will suit up for Spain in the Rio Olympics 2016 basketball competition. Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol recently withdrew from the tournament because of a serious foot injury he sustained earlier this year.
San Antonio Spurs power forward Pau Gasol hopes to lead the Spaniards to their first gold medal finish in basketball. They would have to do it in the upcoming Rio Olympics 2016 without their imposing 7-foot-1 rim protector.
In a recent press release shared on FIBA.com, the Spanish Basketball Federation announced that Marc would miss this year’s Summer Olympics. Rehabilitation on his broken right foot took longer than expected. Spanish sports officials ultimately decided to not risk aggravating the injury.
“After months of intense individual work to recover, which has continued in the last three weeks during the pre-Olympic stage, and doing all the possible sacrifices to follow the schedule to recover in order to be a part of the national team in Rio, Marc Gasol has not been able to get the necessary green light to make the aim a reality,” read the statement. “Hence, he will not be able to take part at the Olympic Games.”
ESPN reported that Marc injured his right foot in February. The injury occurred while the Grizzlies played host to the Portland Trail Blazers. Marc scored 11 points in the contest before leaving late in the first quarter due to discomfort on his right foot.
An MRI scan later revealed a fracture in Marc’s right foot. The cause of the injury was never known. A week later, the Grizzlies announced that Marc underwent surgery on his right foot and would miss the rest of the season to make a full recovery.
In 52 games last season, Marc averaged 16.6 points 7 rebounds and 1.35 blocks for the Grizzlies. His brother Pau and the rest of Team Spain will kick-off their gold medal bid against Croatia on August 7 at Carioca Arena 1 in Rio de Janeiro.