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March 24, 2015 Updates

Gasol’s history in the city of Memphis and what he has spent a large portion of his life building with the Grizzlies will almost certainly prove too much to leave behind this offseason. The Grizzlies clinched the playoffs for the fifth straight season and 50 wins for the third consecutive year on Monday night with a 103-82 drubbing of the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, holding the home team to 34 second-half points. “I don’t know what factors are going to play in my decision, but the factors there is today is that you can’t change the past,” Gasol said. “You can’t change where I’ve been for the majority of my life as an adult. I got to Memphis when I was 16. My family’s been tied to the franchise since the franchise has been in Memphis. You can’t change that.” SheridanHoops

In a different context, however, coach Derek Fisher said Monday that while there is a lot of time between now and July, Gasol’s history with the Grizzlies and their run of success seems very difficult to abandon. “I don’t know what the future holds, but I know what the past and the present is,” Gasol said. “I think that’s pretty clear.” SheridanHoops

Gasol was the Defensive Player of the Year in 2013. Allen, a three-time All-Defensive Team selection, would not entertain the thought of seeing Gasol in another uniform – especially that of the Knicks, who desperately need a star alongside Carmelo Anthony – because he views his teammate as more than a Grizzly. He sees Gasol as the Grizzly. “He looks good in a Memphis Grizzlies uniform,” Tony Allen told SheridanHoops. “The colors just fit him perfectly. He’s not a bright orange kind of guy. He fits the blue. The blue bear. He is the Grizzly.” SheridanHoops

And do not discount the lure of the success of the Grizzlies who are headed to a franchise-best season after becoming a 50-victory team for a third straight season. “I don’t know what factors will play into my decision but the factors that are there today, you can’t change the past,” said Gasol, a 14.0-point, 7.9-rebound performer for his career while averaging 17.8 points and 8.0 rebounds this season after his 21-point, 8-rebound effort against the Knicks. “You can’t change where I’ve been for the majority of my life as an adult. New York Post

March 23, 2015 Updates
March 19, 2015 Updates

Gasol has indicated that he would like to re-sign in Memphis, and the Grizzlies are certainly heading into the next few months in the lead to retain his services. But if Memphis fizzles in the playoffs, Gasol would have to seriously look at other options on the free-agent market. The chances of him landing with a rebuilding outfit like the Lakers or Knicks are slim. According to sources, Gasol, who turned 30 in January, would likely only leave Memphis for a team that gave him a better championship shot. Even if Gasol remains with the Grizzlies or heads elsewhere, the Spurs will likely look for bold moves to secure their future. They’re expected to give Kawhi Leonard a new contract at the league maximum, or something close to it, and are unlikely to stand pat going forward. Sporting News

March 16, 2015 Updates

Independently, Gasol concurred. In fact, he put the blame on himself. "Everybody goes through rough patches," Gasol said. "It's just a matter of making it short. This one has gone longer than we wanted it to, and I'm not going to make any excuses. It starts with me offensively. I've got to impose my will a lot more. If I've got to break off plays for me to get the ball down there, then that's what I'm going to do. Trust me, that's not how I think it will go. But if the team thinks that's the best thing for me to do, I'll do it. It's not the way to do it. But if we have to break plays, I'll break plays, understanding what we get out of this." NBA.com

March 15, 2015 Updates

Q: Do you think there would be any other “rest” situations and would you like that? Marc Gasol: I hope not. No, I don’t like “rest.” It’s not my call. It’s never been my call. It will never be my call. I don’t like resting. I know I have a small window. Basketball, itself, gives you a small window because you have a certain amount of games. I take pride in playing every game. To me, it’s important to play every game. But I don’t run the show. There are other people that make those decisions and I’ll respect it. I respect Dave and I’ll have to deal with it. Like I’ve said, whatever is best for the team. That’s ultimately the goal. Memphis Commercial Appeal

Do you think there would be any other “rest” situations and would you like that? Marc Gasol: I hope not. No, I don’t like “rest.” It’s not my call. It’s never been my call. It will never be my call. I don’t like resting. I know I have a small window. Basketball, itself, gives you a small window because you have a certain amount of games. I take pride in playing every game. To me, it’s important to play every game. But I don’t run the show. There are other people that make those decisions and I’ll respect it. I respect Dave and I’ll have to deal with it. Like I’ve said, whatever is best for the team. That’s ultimately the goal. Memphis Commercial Appeal

March 6, 2015 Updates

He probably isn’t going anywhere, either. And a little birdie who knows of what he speaks tells me Gasol has already ruled out playing for the New York Knicks. It’s nothing personal with Phil Jackson or that consummate New Yorker, Jim Dolan (gag). It’s a matter of money. He can get a five-year deal to stay in Memphis, where he attended high school. After taxes, that will be worth more than twice what he would get from New York. SheridanHoops

March 5, 2015 Updates

Harden, Houston head coach Kevin McHale, the entire Rockets broadcast team and every partisan fan in the Toyota Center were livid at the no-call. As you might expect, the displeasure extended into postgame interviews like Harden's scrum, as captured by ClutchFans: On what Harden saw on that possession: "What I saw, or what I felt? End of the game, everybody's watching the ball. I drove to the basket and I got grabbed on my arms, and nothing was called." On what referee Ken Mauer said to him when they spoke after the play: "He didn't say anything." Was he surprised that no whistle blew? "Very surprised. You know, at the end of the game, I think everybody's watching the ball. Everybody. The entire crowd. Everybody in the gym is watching the ball. So, I mean ... [shrugs] ... I don't know what to say. It's frustrating, man. It's frustrating when you fight so hard to come back, when you get an opportunity to win the game, you know. It's frustrating." Yahoo! Sports

March 3, 2015 Updates

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