The Spurs recruit a certain type of player. The requirements are: high skill set, high basketball IQ, dedication, team-first attitude, winning pedigree and general good citizen. Barcelona-born Pau Gasol checks all those boxes, bringing two championship rings and the rest of the package to San Antonio this season to soften the departure of Spurs legend Tim Duncan.
The Spurs are 3-1 this preseason, signs of another strong season after the team finished with the second-best NBA regular season record last year. Beating Orlando 95-89, Gasol led the Spurs with 14 points in just 22 minutes. He also dished a team-best 4 assists and grabbed 5 boards. Spurs stars Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard did not play.