Not long after his U.S. men's basketball team advanced to a semifinal meeting with Spain, U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski was asked how the Americans would defend the Gasol brothers.
Answer: He'll guard one of them himself.
"In fact, I'll take credit for guarding Marc right now," Krzyzewski said.
Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, who is out with a foot injury, sits on the bench during the second half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs, Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 94-68. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Marc, of course, isn't playing, as the Memphis Grizzlies center broke his right foot during the NBA season and was unable to rejoin the two-time defending silver medalists.
"I'm responsible for him," Krzyzewski said. "The other guy, these guys will have to guard."
The other guy is older brother Pau, who had just five points Wednesday in Spain's 92-67 victory over France. The Spanish and French have a fierce rivalry, but Gasol put that aside with kind words about Tony Parker, his future teammate with the San Antonio Spurs who retired from the national team after the game.
Partido extraordinario contra Francia para pasar a semis!!! Todo mi respeto a @_tonyparker09 por el compromiso que ha demostrado durante tantos años con su selección. Uno de los grandes. #Rio2016 #SomosEquipo Extraordinary game by our team to beat France and move forward to the semis!!! My utmost respect for @_tonyparker09 for his commitment to his national team during all these years. One of the greats. #Rio2016 #TeamSpain