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31 August, 2019
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13 Marc Gasol (ESP)
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Marc Gasol treasures memories of 2006 world title, aims for more glory with Spain this summer in China

TORONTO (Canada) - Marc Gasol is currently taking aim at something that has eluded him in his illustrious career - winning an NBA title.

The Spain center was traded in mid-season by the Memphis Grizzlies to the Toronto Raptors, is looking for success in the Playoffs.

As a national team star, however, Gasol reached the summit long ago, in 2006 at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Japan.

"Just thinking about it [winning the World Cup] makes me smile and reminds me of so many good things," Gasol said to FIBA.basketball.

Marc Gasol (far right) helped Spain win the World Cup in 2006

"We had a very good tournament, and being able to reach the top of the world is something you dream of living at least once in your lifetime. It was 13 years ago, but it's still fresh in my mind.

"I was younger and the team was very good, and it was such a unique moment of joy. It is one of high points of my career. I wish every player could experience this kind of success."

"I'M CLOSER TO THE END OF MY INTERNATIONAL CAREER THAN TO THE BEGINNING, BUT THE MOTIVATION IS THE SAME THAT I'VE HAD SINCE I STARTED PLAYING WITH THE NATIONAL TEAM. I ENJOY THE MOMENTS WITH THE GUYS, FROM THE PRACTICE TO THE CAMARADERIE AND THE COMPETITION."- Gasol

Gasol was just 21 when Spain were crowned world champions for the first time in the country's history. He was not in the original squad coached by Pepu Hernandez, instead named as an alternate who got his big chance when Fran Vazquez pulled