Lakers forward-center Pau Gasol confirmed Tuesday that he will sit out September's European Championship in Slovenia.
Gasol, a star with Spain's national team, is recovering from a knee procedure that should have him sidelined for at least another 11 weeks.
"In order to avoid future problems, on May 9 I underwent a simple procedure to debride degenerated tissue of the patellar tendons of my knees non-surgically," Gasol wrote on his website.
"My priority is to recover myself thinking [of] next season [with the Lakers]," he continued. "And to be ready, if I'm asked to, for the next challenge with the national team, the World Cup of Spain 2014."