Pau Gasol Wants to Play in 2011 European Championship & The Top NBA News

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol is interested in playing for Spain’s national basketball team in the European Championship. The tournament will be held this summer in Lithuania from August 31st to September 18th.

However, Gasol may not be as effective for the Spanish team as he had been in years prior. After seeing his performance in the 2011 Playoffs, Spain may be disappointed with their star.

If the Lakers are fortunate enough, Gasol may come back next season more “tougher.”

Gasol interested in European Championship: Sports Illustrated

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The Los Angeles Lakers will most likely retire Shaquille O’Neal’s number 34 jersey. [LakersNation]

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Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic have not yet agreed to a contract extension. [Pro Basketball Talk]

The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed Ricky Rubio to a contract which will bring the 5th pick of the 2009 NBA Draft to the United States. [New York Times]

Dirk Nowitzki says he is no longer feeling pain in his injured finger. [NBA.com]

Mark Jackson is the leading candidate for the Golden State Warriors’ coaching  job. [Sports Illustrated]

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