With all due respect to the quarterbacks suiting up for NCAA and NFL squads this weekend, you're not likely to see a better deep ball than the one Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol uncorked Wednesday during Spain's matchup with Serbia in the quarterfinals of EuroBasket 2013:
Touchdown, España. Seis puntos.
Gasol's full-court bomb to longtime national teammate Sergio Llull was just one of his six assists in 22 minutes of play as Spain walloped Serbia, 90-60, to reach the semifinals of this summer's European championship tournament. Gasol added seven points, five rebounds and a steal to his six dimes to help high scorers and former NBA players Sergio Rodriguez (22 points) and Rudy Fernandez (19 points) push Spain one step closer to a third straight EuroBasket title.
As he does for the grit-and-grind Grizz, Gasol also helped orchestrate the Spanish defense, which held Serbia to 37.5 percent shooting and a 1 for 11 mark from the field in the opening quarter. Spain led by as many as 40 points in cruising to the win.
"We were more disciplined at the back [than in previous games], although it's also true that when they don't hit shots it makes your defence look better," Gasol said after the game. "But I think we were well-positioned for the rebounds, we run correctly, we shared the ball correctly, small things that seem easy but are less so at this level."
I don't know if I'd say that you made that particular sharing of the ball look easy, Marc, but it was damn sure pretty. Now let's hurry up and get you back to Tennessee so we can start seeing deliveries like that stateside again.
Video via FIBAEuropeTV.