This past summer, Pau Gasol made the decision to sign with the San Antonio Spurs on a two-year, $30 million deal. However, he hasn’t exactly been the stat stuffer with the Spurs that many have become accustomed to seeing over his illustrious career. In light of that, Gasol recently told USA TODAY Sports that his primary concerned is with helping his team win rather than putting up numbers.
“I have to understand where I am in my career and why I came here,” the 36-year-old center said. “I came here to help this team be better, and ultimately help the team win a championship.
“It’s not about statistics (or) individual stuff. It’s about team accomplishment, and by the end of the year, (if) I contribute and help this team be better and win a championship, I’ll be a happy man.”
Gasol is currently playing the fewest minutes of his career at 25.6 per game, but he has remained productive averaging 10.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks. He may not be the player he once was, but the 36-year-old is still a reliable player for the Spurs in a smaller role. This is something that he knew he would have to accept when he made the decision to sign with San Antonio.
Although it will continue to take hits to his numbers, it will help keep him fresh throughout the season, and possibly extend his career. He has still remained in a prominent role on the team as one of the top scoring options. The ultimate goal for Gasol has always been an NBA title, and this may be his last best chance to accomplish just that.