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Pau Gasol to practice with FC Barcelona

October 4, 2011 | 10:16 am

Pau Gasol

Barely a month removed from winning the 2011 FIBA European Championships, Lakers forward Pau Gasol found something else to keep him busy during the NBA lockout.

He's going to train along with his brother, Marc, with his former Spanish club team, FC Barcelona, according to the team's Twitter account.

Gasol hadn't formally decided how he'd keep himself busy during the lockout following the FIBA tournament, but he maintained he'd stay in his native Spain for however long the NBA work stoppage lasts. Gasol's representatives haven't returned multiple messages and emails regarding inquiries about his lockout plans, but his formal training with FC Barcelona would mark a reunion of sorts. He played there from 1998-2001 before entering the NBA. 

"For me @FCBarcelona is the best team in Europe," Gasol tweeted. "@MarcGasol and I are here to contribute even more to a group which is already excellent."


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Photo: Pau Gasol in action for Spain. Credit: Joe Klamari / AFP/Getty Images