Bàsquet Girona, an increasingly real choice for Marc Gasol
While Mark Gasol removes chrysanthemum leaves her future After leaving the Lakers first and after the Grizzlies, the option to return to Catalonia to compete in Basket Girona, the club he ambitiously heads bears the name of the city and wears the crest. Girona’s pride Everywhere, above all shepherd.
The main sponsors of the club are CaixaBank, Noel, Estrella Damm, YoSoy, FIATC and Kave Home, but none of them appear on the team jersey because the entity prefers to wear the Gironí logo as pride, demonstrating their illusion of rooting in the region and this demarcation people sympathize with the project and feel It is their property. Indeed, one of the great goals of the club is to “highlight local talent, so that players do not have to go to Barcelona, La Peña or Manresa” and to “create a brand and claim Girona, recognizing it from the entity.”
The 36-year-old Catalan hub, The NBA Champion with the Toronto Raptors in 2019 Who spent 13 seasons in the North American League, founded the club in 2014, under the name Escola de Pasquet Marc Gasol, and now after seven years, the first team, under the tutelage of Carles Marco, is preparing, so this will be his second year at LEB Oro, and the first with an audience in The stands of Fontajau, the pavilion he shares with Uni Girona, the current Queen’s Cup champion.
The goal in the medium term is to make the leap to ACB, but the priority today, according to the club’s admission, is “to be sustainable for the sake of standardization. To grow little by little, without wanting to overtake.” They emphasize: “As in the company, the first thing is to be sustainable. Then the rest comes. The sporting part is very important, but the other parts are too.” They add from the Catalan entity: “Marc always says you have to enjoy the moment. And the Bàsquet Girona moment is so beautiful.”
In Girona, the sad result of Acasfaio Girona is still very present, which in 2008 bid farewell to the elite after three happy and exciting sessions to the Fontajao wing, which used to strive for more modest goals. In May 2005, the agreement between Club Bàsquet Girona, and real estate agency Akasvayu, which promised “stars and titles” and brought players of the class Raül López, Fran Vázquez, Roberto Duñas and Ariel to Girona McDonald, Gregor Foca, Victor Sada, or Mark himself, disappeared. ACB League Player of the Year 2007-08 season, among others.
The previous year (06-07), on the orders of Svetislav Pesic, the club achieved its greatest success by conquering the FIBA EuroChallenge, but the happy days ended in 2008, with the sports company dissolved due to debts of 6 and 5 million euros and the end of 20 cycles of Constant presence of the city in the ACB. Overall, the two campaigns he spent in Girona were so important to Mark in sports and personal affairs that they ignited a very special relationship between the player and the city. “He feels like another Geroni,” they testify from the club.
“His commitment and association with the club is complete. He is not limited to putting money or teaching project lines from a distance. He is 100% involved in daily activities and in all areas, not just sports. The promoter, the leader and the director. Be it here or in some games,” They add from Fontajau. He also has the support of his brother Bao, who is vice president and also takes part in the meetings.
The club, which did not become sad because it is not mandatory in LEB Gold, was born from the foundations, being the first base club, and today it already has more than 20 teams, including the top level 3×3, with nearly 250 players of all ages and 1300 member.