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January 31, 2015 Updates
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Pau Gasol: I spoke to Marc, but we didn’t talk much because I had a game against the Spurs. We don’t really communicate on game days as we always try to stay focused. It’s part of our code. When I arrived at the arena, the news was confirmed. It was fantastic for all my family, for Marc, and for our fans. It was a truly emotional moment because we wouldn’t have imagined anything like this, even in our wildest dreams. When we finished the game against San Antonio, I called Marc. We congratulated each other. We were very happy, obviously. I was like ‘Hey Marc, this is unbelievable!’ We talked about how happy we were at achieving something so important, and how thrilled we were that our fans voted for us. We talked about our parents too, we imagined how they’d be feeling. We promised to each other we would keep working hard in the future. paugasol.com

Memphis enjoyed a 33-point lead in the second half but did so without injured swingman Vince Carter. The 17-year veteran left with a left foot injury before halftime. Carter, who celebrated his 38th birthday on Monday, will undergo an MRI Friday to determine the extent of his injury. The fear is Carter might have a fracture. Memphis Commercial Appeal

January 29, 2015 Updates

I have learned, Kevin, never to say never, because you can paint yourself into a corner, but my strong suspicion is that he’s going to stay in Memphis. I think it’s a perfect place for him. He’s very comfortable there—he’s been there a decade now—they love him down there… I just can’t imagine someone leaving a championship contending team to go to a bad team, and really, when you look at the teams who can afford to pay what Marc has earned, in terms of a new contract, they’d be bad teams. If you ask yourself, “would Marc Gasol leave a 50-win team to go play for the Knicks? or the Lakers?” I mean, I don’t think so. I think he likes winning. I think he’s a pretty competitive guy. If we were hearing stories that he really doesn’t like Memphis, and he doesn’t want to be there… but you don’t hear that. You hear how much he loves it. So if he loves it, and they’re a good team, and they can pay him more than anybody else, why would he leave? I just don’t see a plausible scenario at this moment for him leaving. Memphis Flyer

Now. Could San Antonio get in it? Yeah. Sure. And that’s a different question—that’s a different animal. I’m sure that would cause him to think some. But we don’t know what San Antonio’s going to do, so until I’m sure that they’re making that move, I would rest easy if I were a Grizzlies fan. Memphis Flyer

David Aldridge: I don’t know what Jeff’s going to do with the option (Note: Green has a player option for $9 million next season), but I would think he would opt in. I can’t see him opting out now that he’s there, so you’re actually taking on some money for next year as well by making this deal, so… I think it’s a move that teams that believe they have a real chance at this thing make. Memphis Flyer

January 28, 2015 Updates

He has heard from plenty of Lakers fans happy for his success this season, and he very much appreciates it. Gasol is well aware of the Lakers' ongoing spiral, and he's sorely disappointed that Bryant is missing both chances for them to be on the court together this season. But when asked if he would endorse the Lakers organization to his All-Star center brother who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, Pau offered little reason to believe the fledgling Lakers are on Marc's wish list. Bleacher Report

"Marc wants to win a championship," Pau said. "That's what he's looking for. That's what's most important to him. I don't know if you think the Lakers will be in a position to win a championship next year or not. "But he knows what he'll be looking for as a free agent—or maybe he'll stay in Memphis because they have built a very good team already there with some very good pieces. He'll know what he wants, and he will be ready to make his decision." Bleacher Report

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Pau Gasol: THANKS!!! Thanks to all of you this is an unforgettable day. You have voted us, my brother Marc and myself, and chosen us to start at the AllStar game that will be celebrated in New York on February 15th… I still can’t believe it! It’s a huge honor that we’ve just received as basketball players. Our family is full of pride and happiness on this moment that we will keep with us forever and that we want to share with all of you. I want to specially thank my teammates, our coaching staff and everyone that helps and/or has helped me be the player that I am. I will be very proud to represent the Chicago Bulls organization and the city of Chicago on such a special event. paugasol.com

However, he understands why he isn’t playing and is just trying to learn as much as possible and stay ready so that he can make a difference when his number is called. “It was hard for me at first,” Stokes said of not playing. “The first couple games, even just in the preseason, I was like, ‘Man, I’m going to have to do this all year?’ It was tough. I was coming home just mad and I had to learn that this is the way it’s going to be and that I can learn from this and that God has me in this position for a reason. I’ll have my opportunity [eventually] and I feel like there are some things I can work on now, so I can get better. I’m just working on those things so I’m ready the next time my name is called. Basketball Insiders

While he hasn’t appeared much during games, he’s getting the opportunity to constantly practice against the NBA’s best frontcourt of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, which has been an excellent experience for him. Playing against two All-Stars every day can only help a rookie who wants to learn. “I pick up on a lot of their tendencies, especially Z-Bo,” Stokes said. “I watch him all the time and I’ve guarded him; I feel like I pretty much know his game. I just pick up on certain things that he does. The way he scores the ball, it’s just amazing. It’s just small things like him getting away with a lot of contact, but you got to realize that he can do that. He plays with his legs a lot and people think, ‘Oh man, he’s being very physical,’ but no he’s using all butt and legs. I’ve picked up on things like that, which I had no idea about in college. Basketball Insiders

January 23, 2015 Updates

Carter won’t commit to playing beyond his current contract. He will be a 19-year veteran when this deal expires and admits the idea of playing 20 is intriguing. “I never would have imagined it,” Carter said. His production will dictate his future and, though limited, he still shows flashes of brilliance. Earlier this month, against San Antonio, Carter froze Tim Duncan with a hesitation dribble. He burst past Duncan with two long steps and threw a one-handed dunk down over him. Yes, old Vince is gone, but occasionally the old man can still get up. Sports Illustrated

To help, Carter has put in countless hours maintaining his body. He does regular leg work to try and keep as much of his spring as possible. He routinely lifts weights after practice. At home, he does daily light work- -- “Old man workouts,” Carter said- -- before practice to stay loose. The result: Carter played 81 games in each of his last two seasons in Dallas. “I work like hell to make sure my body is in top shape and I am able to last throughout the year,” Carter said. “The older Vince feels better at season’s end than I ever have before.” Sports Illustrated

 

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