Pau Gasol led Spain to the Eurobasket championship Sunday in Poland, scoring 18 points and taking 11 rebounds in a rout of Serbia. He led Spain to its first victory after six defeats in the tournament final, including a one-point loss to Russia two years ago in Spain. Now he has a little more than a week to rest and recover in time for the start of the Lakers’ training camp. Media day is Sept. 29 and the first workout is the next day.
There’s a good chance the Lakers will give their starting power forward a light workload for the first few weeks since he had a short rest followed by training camp with Spain. There’s also the issue of the damaged finger Gasol suffered while working out with his countrymen before the tournament began. Lakers trainer Gary Vitti traveled to Spain to check on Gasol, and pronounced him fit to play in Eurobasket.