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Bucks’ Spanish center Pau Gasol to miss world champs

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by Agence France-Presse

Milwaukee Bucks center Pau Gasol will miss the world basketball championships in China after undergoing an operation on his foot last week, Spain coach Sergio Scariolo said Tuesday.

“His loss is a big blow because he’s a player with a lot of history and in terms of leadership a whole lot more,” Scariolo told the AS sports newspaper.

Gasol, who won NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2008 and 2009, underwent successful surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot last Thursday.

The Bucks play the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference finals starting Wednesday, but the 38-year-old six-time NBA All-Star will miss out on not only the remainder of the playoffs but also the August 31-September 15 world champs as he recovers.