Two-time NBA champion Pau Gasol did not rule out the possibility of becoming a coach after retiring from professional basketball.
Here is what the center of the Portland Trail Blazers said, per AS:
On becoming a coach after his retirement: “I don’t know if I see myself as a coach. But I do enjoy transmitting knowledge, giving guidance and advice to my colleagues. We’ll see once I hang up my shoes if I try it.
It’s true that while it’s not the same thing as playing, it’s the closest to it (playing). And the adrenaline of being close to the action and transmitting knowledge to young people, who do what you have done for so long, is also interesting.
Before, maybe I didn’t have it in mind. Now it may be a possibility.”
On his recovery from injury and his debut with the Blazers: “Well, it’s improving. It’s a slow process and you have to be patient. I try to make more plays on the court and progress slowly, patiently.
I try to be positive and optimistic. I go on very carefully to progress forward and without any backward steps.
There are no very tight deadlines because it all depends on how your foot, bone, and ankle react. And the movement is also needed to be reactivated it after a period of inactivity and little workload. I don’t put a date, it’s evaluated day by day.”