The Scoop:"The jumbo lineup? We tried that last year. I don't see that working in today's NBA," Thibodeau said. Gibson is just going to be a backup and he's backing up a better player in Gasol than Carlos Boozer, so his outlook is a little more ominous this year despite his terrific performance in 2013-14. Fantasy owners in 12-team leagues can probably shoot for higher upside unless they want to handcuff Gasol or Noah.
By Tim Hanlon BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spain centre Pau Gasol has doubts about his future with the national team following the hosts' shock quarter-final defeat by France at the basketball World Cup on Wednesday. The Spaniards, packed with NBA talents and joint favourites with the United States, were expected to reach the final but the contest against France which began with fans in festive spirits ended with calls for coach Juan Antonio Orenga to resign. The defeat could well mean the end of an era for a successful Spanish side who lifted the 2006 World Cup, bagged silver medals at the last two Olympics and won two of the last three European Championships.
Pau Gasol's World Cup run ended with a 17 point, eight rebound effort in Spain's 65-52 loss to France.
The Scoop:Gasol made 7-of-12 field goal attempts, notching 17 points, eight rebounds, one assist, one steal, and three blocks. He has been one of the MVP's of the tournament so far, but could not get Spain to the medal round. It's a disappointing end for Gasol, but he reminded the basketball world he still has plenty of skill and talent left heading into his 14th NBA season.
Pau Gasol continued his MVP-like run at the FIBA World Cup during Spain's 89-56 victory over Senegal, scoring 17 points with five boards, one assist and three blocks on 8-of-10 from the field.
The Scoop:He made all eight shot attempts from inside the arc and absolutely had his way in the paint. Spain has looked fantastic the entire tournament and they'll get to face France in the quarterfinals. They already beat France 88-64 in group play, so this could get ugly again. As for Pau, the Bulls have to be pleased with his performance. He's a bit of a forgotten man in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts and could be a steal.