The Spanish national team is quickly becoming a trendy pick to unseat the U.S. squad for world hoops supremacy at the
Olympic Games in London. So it’s only fitting that Pau Gasol has been chosen to be his nation’s flag-bearer during the opening ceremonies.
With tennis star Rafael Nadal withdrawing from the games and the honor of waving the Spanish flag Gasol was next in line for the duty.
That Gasol was given the honor says a lot considering the explosion of Spanish sports in recent years. Amid the dominance of Spanish soccer, the overwhelming about of NBA talent coming out of the country and Nadal’s storied career it’s very revealing how Gasol is revered in his native land as evident by the honor.