Pau Gasol sets deadline to decide on Olympics

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Pau Gasol said he will decide by June 30 whether to play in the Rio Olympics and may decide to freeze his sperm beforehand if he goes to Rio, according to Spanish media.

Gasol, a two-time Olympic silver medalist, penned his concerns about the Zika virus on May 30.

Pau and his injured younger brother Marc were named to Spain’s list of 24 finalists for the 12-man roster earlier this month.

Pau carried Spain to Olympic qualification at EuroBasket in September, scoring 30, 27 and 40 points in the last three Olympic qualifying games to book the nation’s fifth straight Olympic men’s basketball berth.

Spain was without Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka, Ricky Rubio and Jose Calderon at EuroBasket. If they all return for Rio, along with Pau, they could challenge a U.S. roster that has seen eight dropouts already this year.

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