Spain remembers Pau Gasol for the primer squad for Tokyo Olympics

Spain remembered Pau Gasol for its starter squad for the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday.

The 40-year-old was among the 18 players called up by coach Sergio Scariolo to plan for the Tokyo Games. Just 12 players will make the final squad.

The two-time NBA champion is attempting to play in his fifth Olympics. He was incorporated after overcoming a long injury layoff and a successful re-visitation of Barcelona this season. He will turn 41 preceding the Games open on July 23.

Gasol’s brother Marc likewise made the list, as did Ricky Rubio. Both were key for Spain when it won the world championship two years prior in China. An aggregate of eight world champions are on the preliminary list.

Different names in the squad incorporate Rudy Fernandez, Sergio Rodríguez, Alex Abrines, Sergio Llull and newcomer Usman Garuba, who is projected to be a first-round pick in the NBA draft one month from now.

Another sibling pair – Juancho and Willy Hernangomez- – were incorporated. Rubio and Juancho Hernangomez are colleagues on the Minnesota Timberwolves. Willy Hernangomez played this season for the New Orleans Pelicans.

The team will start its preparations on Friday in Madrid.

Spain is a three-time silver medalist at the Olympics. It won the bronze at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

The U.S. men are looking for a fourth sequential gold medal.