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Front row Spain vs Australia [scan + photos]
08-28-2011, 03:28 AM (This post was last modified: 08-28-2011 03:29 AM by folkertino.)
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Front row Spain vs Australia [scan + photos]
>>>> photos below <<<<

Hey all, on Friday night I went to see Spain play Australia in a friendly game. It was the final preparation game before they're heading off to Lithuania for the European Championship.

I had booked a courtside seat but it turns out I got placed right behind the Spanish bench, so that was actually quite good. I got to see all Spanish players up close; Pau & Marc Gasol, Ricky Rubio, Serge Ibaka, Rudy Fernandez, Jose Calderon, Juan Carlos Navarro, etc.

During warm-up Pau Gasol started stretching right where I sat so I asked him if he was going to play in Spain during the lockout. Of course he told me he didn't know, but I've got a good feeling that if things haven't been resolved soon after the European Championship he'll sign up with Barcelona.

Quite interestingly Pau started throwing 3 pointers in warm up and hit 8 consecutive. How's that for your center.

The game was alright, Spain roasted Australia by 29 points. Saw a few good plays, Ibaka with a nice dunk and a huge block, few alley oops.

After the game all players were escorted almost directly into their minibuses, so couldn't get autos there. Then all of a sudden Rudy Fernandez appeared from a side exit and walked off to his car on the parking lot (with his fine Mrs.). I managed to give him a card and a sharpie aaandddd: it didn't work!

Couldn't believe it. Luckily I had another fat marker with me and at the very last second he signed it.
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Shortly afterwards all police left and the doors were closed. But the strange thing was that no one had seen Pau Gasol leave. So some of us hung around for a while to see if he'd come out. And indeed, after 15 minutes he appeared from the same side exit to head for his car. He took some time for photos and autos but unfortunately he didn't get to sign my card.

Still a bit upset with that - not because he didn't sign my card (he can't please everyone), but just because I was SO close! Anyway, I got an in-person auto, spoke with Pau Gasol and had a good night, so I really can't complain at all.

Here's some photos:
Serge Ibaka
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Pau Gasol shooting threes
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left to right: Marc Gasol, Victor Sada, Jose Calderon, Sergio Llull, Rudy Fernandez, Pau Gasol, Juan Carlos Navarro
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Ricky Rubio taking a moment for himself before the game
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Serge Ibaka
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Pau Gasol
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San Emeterio and Ricky Rubio
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Ricky Rubio
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Pau Gasol
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Ricky Rubio
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Juan Carlos Navarro, Pau Gasol and Rudy Fernandez
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08-28-2011, 06:19 PM
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COOL stuff!

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08-28-2011, 09:19 PM
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Wow man, that is just amazing! I would have asked Gasol for an auto! The funny thing is the water bottles they are drinking from look like giant bottles of alcohol Smile haha! Cool pictures man!

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08-29-2011, 08:36 PM
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(08-28-2011 09:19 PM)nickm1123 Wrote:  The funny thing is the water bottles they are drinking from look like giant bottles of alcohol Smile haha!

They are. They is how they do it in Spain!!!!

Just kidding.

Awesome photos and story folk!

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08-30-2011, 06:31 AM
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RE: Front row Spain vs Australia [scan + photos]
Amazing photos and great seats! I loved reading about it.

I've got the most expensive tickets for the Olympic Quarter Finals in London. I really hope they're as good as your seats.
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08-30-2011, 11:18 AM
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Thats really awesome cograts!

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08-30-2011, 01:02 PM
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thats really awesome, this game was played in spain? pretty cool to get to see NBA players playing around the world, well probably see more then weve ever seen

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08-30-2011, 01:43 PM
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Yes, it was here in Valencia, Spain. It was great to see these guys. Pau Gasol is a gentle giant, very humble and calm. An amazing person.

I was actually expecting to see Andrew Bogut too, but it appears he won't be playing for Australia.



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