Gasol on top of the (rest) of the world

Pau Gasol's dominating performance at the European Championships has NBA scouts looking for big things this season.

Updated: September 16, 2003, 10:21 AM ET
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
Dirk Nowitzki may be the NBA's best international player. Tony Parker is already sporting a championship ring. And veterans like Peja Stojakovic play on the (reigning) best national team in the world at the moment.

But as the smoke cleared at the 2003 European Championships in Stockholm, Sweden on Sunday, the guy everyone was buzzing about was a tall, skinny dude on the Memphis Grizzlies.

Pau Gasol led Spain to an improbable second-place finish in Sweden. With it comes a 2004 Olympic berth for Spain and a whole lot of newfound respect from NBA scouts around the league.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer