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December 26, 2014 Updates

All of this is coming together in the final year of Gasol's contract. Next summer he will emerge as the most valuable free agent on the market. He does not sound as if he is looking forward to it. "I've been already through one," he says of the summer of 2011, when as a restricted free agent he re-signed with the Grizzlies for $58 million over four years, "and I did not especially enjoy it. I don't know how I'm going to feel in July. I really don't. This is the next five years of my life and I'm going to go all in. Whatever team you play for, you've always got to feel like you represent that team, that you've got to play for it. Because that's the way we grew up in Spain. You play for the city. You play for a way of doing things. It's not about you. I do this for them. I play for the city, for the franchise or whatever. You've got to have that pride that comes with it." NBA.com

Gasol weighed more than 300 pounds while he was at high school in Memphis. He had been much healthier as a boy in Barcelona, where his youth team was more demanding and regimented in the daily schedule it created for him. "Having a lot of freedom. Being young and dumb, honestly, too. And not knowing, and not finding the real purpose for myself," he says, listing the reasons why he lost his way at Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis. "I'm new to the school, I'm learning a language and playing some kind of Division II basketball -- I loved my teammates, I loved the school, but that was not the highest level of basketball. And you only played for a short time, for four and a half months of the year; overseas you play pretty much all of the year. So it was different. "I learn from this -- that was the best part. What happened to me, I used it. Then I became myself." NBA.com

The Grizzlies have been able to pair him with 6-foot-9 low-post scorer Zach Randolph because of Gasol's playmaking. Pau Gasol's not-so-little brother looks out for the needs of others, and yet he is not going to be pushed around. It's as if the way he plays is a metaphor for the way he lives. "She always says, 'You should have gone to college,"' Gasol says of his mother. "She's still mad at my decision, and she still reminds me. I say, 'I'm not going to get into a fight with you.' It's pointless." NBA.com

December 20, 2014 Updates

Pau and Marc squaring off for the first time with Pau as a Bull ended up taking a back seat to the storylines of Jimmy Butler's continued stunning offensive prowess, Nikola Mirotic's 3-point marksmanship en route to his career-high 27 points and a defensive effort that held the Grizzlies to 39.4 percent shooting and no fast-break points until the final quarter. But their sibling rivalry never get old, particularly since Pau won his Rookie of the Year award here way back in 2002. "It's special to have the opportunity to play against your brother at the highest level of basketball," Pau said. "We're both doing pretty well so it's meaningful. It's a lot of pride involved. But it is a little weird. "We're both competitive. We don't like losing. As much as we love to see the other one play well, in these particular matchups, we're hoping the other one doesn't have a good game and your team wins. Ultimately, that's what we stand for." Chicago Tribune

December 18, 2014 Updates

A player that increasingly intrigues Raptors management is Memphis centre Marc Gasol. The Spaniard is a free agent this summer. The greatest lack on the Raptors roster is a truly dominant big man. Gasol is a Jungian figure that features prominently in GM Masai Ujiri’s bedside dream diary. Gasol, 29, has good fiduciary and competitive reasons to stay where he is, but it’s still the Western Conference. He might be great for five or six more years and never make it past the second round of the playoffs. Maybe Gasol can be convinced that he should take a free-agent discount in order to ride roughshod over the Eastern Conference for the foreseeable future. Toronto Globe & Mail

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A player that increasingly intrigues Raptors management is Memphis centre Marc Gasol. The Spaniard is a free agent this summer. The greatest lack on the Raptors roster is a truly dominant big man. Gasol is a Jungian figure that features prominently in GM Masai Ujiri’s bedside dream diary. Toronto Globe & Mail

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There are Bernard and Albert King, Dominique and Gerald Wilkins and Gus and Ray Williams among several others of note, but, on this December day, allow us to go ahead and declare Pau and Marc Gasol the best brothers to ever grace the NBA. But while you may grant they’ve conquered the league, there’s another battle still to be decided. The Spaniards’ own. And even at age 34 and in his 14th NBA season, Pau Gasol is not ready to relinquish the Best in Family designation to the Memphis center. “Ah, no, no, no,” Pau said last week with a smile. “That’s an argument that people can bring up, but I’m playing pretty well myself and I’m happy with where I’m at. “But at some point, maybe he will . . . when I stop playing, maybe he will continue to play. Or I’ll decline more, or not. We’ll see.” Boston Herald

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Marc Gasol as the league's most intriguing talent, a 29-year-old whose physical evolution from roly-poly to ripped has taken him to new heights yet again? He's listening, but he's not hearing it. "I don't see anything extraordinary," Gasol, who is averaging a career-high 20.1 points to go with 8.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 steals per game, told USA TODAY Sports this week. "I see that (his play is) good, and I'm in a good place, but I don't see anything like (Golden State Warriors point guard) Steph Curry or something like that. I think it's pretty normal and natural. I'm having to take more shots because I've been asked to do that, and so far it has worked out pretty well." USA Today Sports

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