MADRID (AP) – Spain included Pau Gasol in their preliminary squad for the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday.
Gasol, 40, was one of 18 players called up by coach Sergio Scariolo to prepare for the Tokyo Games. Only 12 players will be part of the final team.
The two-time NBA champion is trying to compete in his fifth Olympics. He was included after overcoming a long injury layoff and a successful return to Barcelona this season. He will be 41 before the games open on July 23.
Gasol’s brother Marc was also on the list, as was Ricky Rubio. Both were essential for Spain when they won the world championship two years ago in China. A total of eight world champions are on the preliminary list. Marc Gasol plays for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Other names for the team include Rudy Fernández, Sergio Rodríguez, Alex Abrines, Sergio Llull and newcomer Usman Garuba, who is expected to be a first-round pick in the NBA Draft next month.
Another couple of siblings – Juancho and Willy Hernangómez – were included. Rubio and Juancho Hernangómez are teammates of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Willy Hernangómez has played this season for the New Orleans Pelicans.
The team will start preparations on Friday in Madrid.
Spain are three-time Olympic silver medalists. He won the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
The American men are looking for a fourth straight gold medal.