Pau Gasol was presented with the 2008 FIBA Europe Player of the Year Award today, along side countryman Ricky Rubio who received the Young Men’s Player of the Year award. Gasol continues a fantastic 2009 racking up another trophy, adding to the collection of; 2006 FIBA World Champion, 2006 FIBA MVP, 2001-2002 NBA Rookie of the Year, 2006 & 2009 NBA All-Star, and 2009 NBA CHAMPION.
“I’m honoured to receive this distinction in a year that has been really special for me,” said Gasol who won his first NBA title in June with the Los Angeles Lakers.
“I’m proud to be at the top of a list with so many great players.”
Rubio also spoke about how much respect he has for the Lakers big man;
“It would be a dream to become Europe’s best player like Pau, but I also realize that I have to take each day as it comes in order to improve my game.”
Congratulations from Lakers Nation Pau!