Gasol Named EuroBasket 2015 MVP. Presented By Tissot
The Swiss company had the honor of presenting the awards for a role model athlete an citizen who had an un impressive performance in the tournament.
Last September 20th, the Spanish basketball team was proclaimed for the third time in four years, European champion. It was an exciting tournament, where our team went from less to best performance and had one starring : Pau Gasol. The player, of a long career, with success in the NBA, which has been champion twice and with an enviable international record: has been world champion and Olympic Medalist (and flag holder), gave an authentic exhibition.
In addition to lead Spain to the top of the podium, thus bringing our basketball of the best European teams in history (those of both extinct USSR and Yugoslavia), he has already been up to two of the most representative players those selections, as were Arvydas Sabonis, and Drazen Petrovic. Interestingly, Gasol could play and defeat at home to respectively Dirk Nowitski Germany, France and Tony Parker, the two other candidates for the position of best European player of all time.
In addition to the stratospheric dimension reached in this tournament by Gasol (in the quarter-finals he scored 40 points against France, before an audience of 28,000 spectators in the city of Lille) his commitment to the team, his calm leadership without fuss and desire to excel spread his teammates, which are also good players such as Felipe Reyes, Sergio Rodriguez or Mirotic, and others absent in this tournament like Navarro, Calderón or his brother Marc, all of them very united in and outside the court. It is a silent leadership, based on his work, talent and desire to improve. The Spanish team with Gasol at the top, is always ready to cooperate with the press, signing autographs and distributing smiles. They have set an example and spread to other teams as was the case of our Football National Team, as it was recognized after winning the World Cup in 2010.
A well-set head on his shoulders.
Pau Gasol as well as a great sportsman is also an intelligent man, who even began to study medicine, which indicates that his academic record was brilliant. He, also, studied piano and is a lover of classical music, and good friend and admirer of Placido Domingo. Kevin Durant, one of the best players in the NBA did everything possible to bring Gasol to his team in Oklahoma. «It is impossible, he said, to Pau Gasol is important to live in a city with good orchestras and theaters.» It also has a very balanced character, it is difficult to see altered after referee decisions and controversies that could affect him, always use common sense and education.
UNICEF ambassador. Committed to the cause of the Third World
It is very common to see Pau Gasol involved in social causes such as the fight against hunger in the Third World. Together with his brother Marc, they have a foundation through which channeled much of their altruistic projects, especially those aimed to achieve healthy eating habits for youth people. As UNICEF Ambassador has traveled to various African countries handing out there humanitarian aid and support for hunger and illness victims. For this altruistic work, in 2011,he received the J. Walter Kennedy Award (NBA Best Citizen)
Profitable for sponsors.
The commitment from sponsors to Pau Gasol in particular, as to the Spanish team as a whole has been a success which is reflected in the minutes of advertising before millions of viewers who witnessed the games by TV, with millionaire audience and about 50% share in Spain . The character, the winning spirit of this team is an incentive to invest in this sport, and they do, among other luxury brands. As showed us our colleague Laura Martin, Galician fashion firm Caramelos, can be proud of being the one to supply the costumes for Gasol in his public appearances.
One of the sponsors of the Eurobasket, the Swiss company Tissot distributed between luxury watches among the top 5 players in the Championship, including the undisputed leader of the tournament, which also received, among other awards one Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar. Other sponsors (Popular Bank, Endesa,Samsung …), covered entire pages in the main Spanish newspapers echoing the team’s success.
Congratulations to the Spanish basketball team and our basketball in general, that continues to grow and the proof is that the successes are not limited to Men Nacional Team (Women´s Team was bronze at the European Championships), but also covers younger categories where Spain year after year harvest medals.