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Gasol to miss worlds for Spain

Updated: June 1, 2010, 9:17 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

MADRID -- Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol says he will not help Spain defend its title at the world basketball championships because doctors say he needs a rest.

Gasol says "present circumstances advise against my participation" in the championship in Turkey from Aug. 29 to Sept. 12.

"It was hard," Gasol said of his decision. "We accomplished many great things as a team, and it was always a fun time for me. ... But I have to understand how much basketball I've been playing ...

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