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Pau Gasol: Brother Marc ‘should be upset’ with Grizzlies

Marc Gasol

Pau Gasol is definitely his brother’s keeper.

On Sunday, the San Antonio Spurs big man spoke on the situation of younger brother Marc, who is having a difficult year on the lowly Memphis Grizzlies.

“Of course, he’s upset. He should be upset,” said Pau, according to Ronald Tillery of the Commercial Appeal. “Any player who competes and cares would be upset. That’s a good sign from a player who cares and is a leader. He’s putting his body on the line and not quitting.

“What I told him is, ‘Do your best. Keep competing.’ That’s the only thing you can control,” Pau added. “You can’t control that one of your best players, Mike Conley, is out for the year. You can’t control that [Chandler] Parsons, one of your biggest signings, has an [injury] issue and so forth. All you can control is your effort, your work ethic, your mindset going into games.”

The Grizzlies are currently riding a 13-game losing streak and now have the worst record in the entire league at 18-44. Meanwhile Marc, who just turned 33 years old, is indeed the last man standing of sorts on the team and is putting up 17.8 points per game on a career-low 41.3 percent shooting.

Of course, Pau used to be in a similar situation himself — he was with the Grizzlies for his first seven career seasons and requested a trade in his late 20s, netting him a move to the Los Angeles Lakers and an eventual two championship rings. As for Marc, he has spent his entire ten-year career in Memphis and is much less likely to win a title anywhere now given his age.

Marc, in fairness, continues to say that he will not ask for a trade from the Grizzlies despite being under contract for at least another season after this one. But sometimes, he just can’t help but let his frustration show, and his older brother definitely seems to sense it.

Chandler Parsons, Marc Gasol got stuck in Miami elevator at 4 AM

Chandler Parsons Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies are stuck near the bottom of the Western Conference standings, and now they are getting stuck in other places too.

In a post to his Instagram Story early on Saturday morning, Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons revealed that he was trapped in a hotel elevator in Miami with teammate Marc Gasol and assistant coach Nick Van Exel as the clock neared 4 AM. The team is in town for a weekend game with the Miami Heat.

Here is footage of the entire ordeal from Parsons, per Jordan Heck of Sporting News (but beware of some foul language in the clip):

The 18-39 Grizzlies just came off a blowout loss to Cleveland at home on Friday night, and now they will play the Heat in Miami less than 24 hours later. Thus, these elevator troubles could not have been timed any worse. At least one of Parsons and Gasol’s other teammates can empathize though.

Ranking the 10 best big men in the NBA

DeMarcus Cousins

Big men are a dying breed … except when they aren’t. Hail to this era of seven-footers who dribble like guards, jump like pogo sticks, and shoot their shots from deep like drunk texts at 3 AM. And here are the ten bigs leading that charge right now, not counting those who missed the cut due to injury (Rudy Gobert, Blake Griffin, Paul Millsap, Hassan Whiteside, and Nikola Jokic).

*Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference and*

10. Kevin Love, PF/C, Cleveland Cavaliers

Love being the Joe Biden to LeBron James’ Obama sure has a nice ring to it. A lot of dominoes did have to fall for our favorite Banana Republic model to even be in this position: Kyrie Irving moving to Boston to flatten dreams, Tristan Thompson getting injured, and Isaiah Thomas and Derrick Rose both being unavailable for one reason or another. But Love has barreled in headfirst through his new window of opportunity, slaughtering defenses with his smoldering three-point shooting from the 5 spot and proving just as effective at smoking smaller players who switch onto him down low. As Cleveland’s undisputed No. 2 option offensively, he is once again a nightly 20-10 threat just like those halcyon Minnesota days. Whether you need a 38-point half or a 94-foot touchdown pass, it’s obvious that my man is a Love supreme.

9. Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Minnesota Timberwolves


Ranking the 20 best players in the Western Conference

Let’s just go right ahead and state the obvious here: this is not your father’s Western Conference. Not anymore. Gone are the days of sophisticated battles of equal parts brains and brawn. Dead and buried are the cordial, gentlemanly competitions of X’s and O’s that generations prior enjoyed and romanticized. With the defection of no fewer than four current or former Eastern All-Stars this summer to what was already the NBA’s far superior conference, the era of all-out war is officially upon us. Blitzkrieg strikes will illuminate the heavens, campaigns of attrition will be waged, and rivers everywhere will run red with blood as what had previously been known as the West now makes way for the Wild Wild West. But instead of Buffalo Bill Cody and Wyatt Earp, this battle will be fought be a more familiar cast of characters. And what a privilege you and I will have to enjoy front row seats as hostilities commence in 2017-18.

Ladies and germs, may I present a comprehensive ranking of the 20 best players in the Western Conference (with sincerest apologies and honorable mentions to DeAndre Jordan, C.J. McCollum, Andrew Wiggins, and newly-christened Westerner Carmelo Anthony, all of whose respective nits proved impossible not to pick when wading through a talent pool this deep). This is part of a series, as we also ranked the 20 best players in the Eastern Conference previously.

20. Marc Gasol, C, Memphis Grizzlies

When he’s not sashaying like Conor McGregor or slinging shade in Catalan, Gasol continues to further his standing as one of the more undervalued bigs in the NBA. The former Defensive Player of the Year quietly posted career-highs in points (19.5) and assists per game (4.6) last season while playing his usual stout D. Yes, Father Time’s kiss may not be far off with Gasol set to turn 33 in January. But for now, I say long live those paint-protecting fundamentals and them elegant sweeping hooks from the mid-post. Me encanta la Gasol-ina.


Marc Gasol says he is happy, committed to Grizzlies

Marc Gasol

Marc Gasol caused a bit of a brouhaha this summer with some perceived unhappiness in Memphis, but now he is setting the record straight.

Gasol said on Tuesday that he is happy and committed to the Grizzlies despite any recent suggestions to the contrary, per Mike Ceide of WREG-TV.

The former Defensive Player of the Year raised some eyebrows last month by hinting that he may be open to leaving Memphis. He also appeared to throw some subtle shade at the Grizzlies with some comments he made about the Spanish National Team just a couple of weeks after that.

Gasol has a right to be frustrated — Grit-N-Grind mainstays Zach Randolph and Tony Allen left this summer, and Memphis is in grave danger of fading into obscurity in the reloaded West, a problem if the 32-year-old Gasol wants to win his first ring. Fortunately for Grizzlies fans though, it sounds like the three-time All-Star big man remains as committed to them as he’s ever been.

Report: Grizzlies consider Marc Gasol untouchable in any potential trade talks

Marc Gasol

Inquire about Marc Gasol’s trade availability, and the Memphis Grizzlies are probably hanging up the phone on you mid-sentence.

Matt Moore of CBS Sports reported on Wednesday that the Grizzlies consider their All-Star big man untouchable in any potential trade talks. Moore also adds that guard Mike Conley falls into the same category for Memphis.

The 32-year-old Gasol averaged a career-high 19.5 points to go along with 6.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game for the Grizzlies last season. He has played his entire nine-year NBA career in Memphis.

Uncertainty has recently clouded Gasol’s future with the Grizzlies however due to some comments he made last month hinting at frustration with them. He even went so far as to signal a willingness to leave Memphis altogether.

Nevertheless, Gasol is under contract for at least the next two seasons, so it sounds like his only options if he wants out are to wait out his deal or to demand a trade outright (perhaps to this interested and intriguing team).

Did Marc Gasol take shot at Grizzlies with comments about Spanish National Team?

Marc Gasol

The evidence is mounting that All-Star big man Marc Gasol is growing frustrated with his Memphis Grizzlies.

In an interview with Manu Carreño of Spanish radio network Cadena SER that ran Friday, Gasol spoke glowingly of competing for the Spanish National Team once again at EuroBasket this summer. He also appeared to take a shot at the Grizzlies in the process.

“We’re a family, it’s a reality,” he said. “We overcome bad moments, we have mentors and leaders, such as Pau [Gasol] and [Juan Carlos] Navarro who are also there to give pause and tranquility. The atmosphere is very different from Memphis. I hope we can win a ring, we gotta be very consistent and disciplined.”

It’s hard to say whether saying the atmosphere being different from Memphis qualifies as a compliment for the Spanish team, a shot a Memphis, or both, but the comment does raise eyebrows.

Gasol, 32, has played with Memphis for his entire nine-year NBA career, but his time there has been characterized by a relative lack of playoff success. He hinted last month that he may be open to leaving the team, and though Gasol is under contract for two more years, one has to start wondering about the possibility of a trade request, especially as he begins to decline with age.

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Marc Gasol hints he may be open to leaving Grizzlies

Marc Gasol

After already losing one frontcourt mainstay in Zach Randolph to Sacramento this summer, could the Memphis Grizzlies soon be losing another?

In a recent interview with Spanish outlet A la Carta, Grizzlies center Marc Gasol hinted that he may be open to leaving the team.

“I’m very ambitious and I’ve wanted Memphis to be a great franchise,” Gasol said, per HoopsHype. “We’ve grown a lot the last 6-7 years, but we have to keep growing. If this is not lined up, maybe we may have to revisit things.”

The three-time All-Star has played his entire nine-year NBA career with Memphis, and the team has made the playoffs the last seven of those years in a row. But only once have the Grizzlies advanced to a Conference Finals over that span, and they now face an identity crisis this offseason with the loss of Randolph and the presumed departure of All-Defensive guard Tony Allen.

Gasol’s deal runs for two more seasons, but he can become a free agent after that if he declines his $25.6 million player option for 2019-20. But should he grow unhappy in Memphis before then and seek out a better opportunity to win his first ring, we know at least one team interested in trading for him.

NBA execs: Celtics could look to trade for Marc Gasol

Marc Gasol

The Boston Celtics finally made an offseason splash on Tuesday when Gordon Hayward announced that he is signing with them, and there is a sense that president of basketball operations Danny Ainge may not be done dealing.

With Hayward reportedly agreeing to a four-year, $128 million deal, the Celtics still have to clear some cap space. That could result in another trade or two, and multiple NBA executives told Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports that they expect Boston to inquire about Memphis Grizzlies star Marc Gasol.

One player worth keeping an eye on, two league executives told The Vertical: Memphis’ Marc Gasol. The Grizzlies lost Zach Randolph, Tony Allen could be next out the door, and if you were filling out your Western Conference playoff bracket today, Memphis probably wouldn’t be in it. Would the Grizz move the 32-year-old Gasol for a ready-made rebuilding package of players and picks? Would Boston – which has to be wary of putting together a team that would beat Cleveland but still get pulverized by Golden State – be interested? Again, worth watching.

Gasol has three years remaining on his current contract, but he can opt out of the third. He’s set to make $22.6 million next season and $24.1 million the year after that, which is actually a bargain under the new salary cap.

However, trading for Gasol wouldn’t make much sense for Boston unless Ainge is trying to knock off LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers right now. Gasol is 32, and the Celtics would have to re-sign him in two years if he opts out of his deal. He’d be more of a short-term solution than anything.

Gasol averaged 19.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game last season. He’s one of the best centers in basketball, and the Celtics need help at that position. Al Horford is best used as a forward, especially in Brad Stevens’ offense.

The Celtics already missed out on the biggest trade they wanted to make, but that doesn’t mean they won’t try to add another starting-caliber player. If the price is right and they can make the moves to lower their payroll and add Gasol, Ainge would probably pull the trigger. That doesn’t seem likely to happen.

Marc Gasol: ‘Stats are killing basketball’

Marc Gasol

Marc Gasol thinks that your box scores can be a form of fake news.

Speaking with the media earlier this week, the Memphis Grizzlies big man commented on the inherent flaws of today’s increasingly stat-driven NBA.

“Stats are great, but wins and losses matter,” said the former Defensive Player of the Year, according to Ronald Tillery of the Commercial Appeal. “Stats are killing the game of basketball. Basketball is a subjective game. A lot of things happen that you cannot measure in stats. Different things matter. To me, the most important things in basketball are not measured by stats.”

Of course, Gasol is a worthy spokesman for the movement as he’s widely considered to be one of the top big men in the game despite never averaging 20 points or 10 rebounds per game in a season. Much of the Spaniard’s value indeed cannot be quantified in a score sheet (hockey assists, pick-and-roll defensive acumen, screen-setting, etc.), and yet he has still helped lead the Grizzlies to seven consecutive postseason appearances. Compare that to a player like DeMarcus Cousins, who posted a characteristic 27.0 points and 11.1 rebounds per game this season but still has yet to make the playoffs in seven years and counting in the league.

For Gasol, who has been expressing himself much more this season, his perspective is a fresh one in a basketball world where advanced metrics seemed destined to reduce every player’s worth down to a numerical value.