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April 26, 2015 Updates

Memphis took a 3-0 lead in its first-round playoff series against Portland with a 115-109 victory on Saturday night. But it came with a cost: Conley left the game in the third quarter with a facial injury and was hospitalized for further evaluation. The Grizzlies were already without backup point guard Beno Udrih, who sprained his right ankle in Game 2 and sat out Saturday's game. Game 4 is set for Monday in Portland. "Without Mike, without Beno, I know how competitive we are," said Marc Gasol. "I'm sure guys will be ready." USA Today Sports

April 21, 2015 Updates

Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum has apologized for his role in a team motivational message that included an inflammatory remark about Spanish players, which was perceived as a shot at Grizzlies All-Star center Marc Gasol. "I apologize if I hurt some people," Batum said before the Blazers practiced Tuesday at FedEx Forum. "But I have total respect for Marc Gasol. He knows that. We've talked about it sometimes." Batum said his intent was never to harm Spanish people or anyone else when he contributed to a list of motivation themes the Trail Blazers posted inside the visitors' locker room before their 100-86 loss Sunday to Memphis in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. Among the messages on the laminated card was the phrase: "We don't lose to Spanish players." ESPN.com

Batum confirmed Tuesday he was responsible for the part about Spanish players and that a longstanding international basketball rivalry between France and Spain was the source of the comment. He said the message was not intended as a cultural or racist insult. Portland coach Terry Stotts and several of the team's players have said the card was never meant to be seen by media members who entered the locker room Sunday. But they also insisted nothing on the card was meant to be offensive. ESPN.com

Batum said he has not heard from the league about any potential disciplinary action and that he had not yet reached out to Gasol to apologize directly. Batum said he may have a chance during Wednesday's game to speak to Gasol to make sure the Memphis star understands the intent was not to be offensive. ESPN.com

Batum said his girlfriend, who is of Russian and Spanish descent, fussed at him for not understanding how his message on the team card could be interpreted if presented without context. "I understand how it could get out, get around and hurt people," Batum said. "I joked with Spanish players before and I do with French players all the time. I don't hate Spanish people. My girlfriend is Spanish. I don't think Marc will make a big deal about this. Worse things [are] said between France and Spain [on the court] in the summer than this was. Trust me." ESPN.com

April 20, 2015 Updates

For Aldridge and Gasol, waiting to sign long-term contracts until 2016 could add $50-80 million to the total value of a potential five-year deal under the higher salary cap on the horizon. "If I don't think about it, I don't expect my teammates to think about it," Gasol said. "And if I don't talk about it, I don't expect anybody to talk about it besides you guys [in the media]. It's going to come anyway, just like everything in life. It'll come, and you'll deal with it. You can't worry about things you can't have an impact on just yet because it's just useless." ESPN.com

Hours before his team executed a wire-to-wire annihilation in Sunday's 100-84 Game 1 playoff victory against the Portland Trail Blazers, Gasol stood in a tunnel after the team's morning shootaround and spoke of how far he's come with the franchise he anchors. "When I first got here, this team was playing in the Pyramid," Gasol told ESPN.com of the time he arrived as Pau's 16-year-old younger brother. "They're supposed to be turning that building into a Bass Pro Shops now. Can you believe it? I've been here when this team used to win 20 games, and I've been in the stands when they used to lose every game in the playoffs." ESPN.com

April 15, 2015 Updates

Pete Pranica: Griz have listed Tony Allen as out for tomorrow. Marc Gasol, Mike Conley questionable. Jeff Green has been taken off injury report. Twitter @PetePranica

April 12, 2015 Updates

Ronald Tillery: ICYMI: X-rays were negative on Gasol's left ankle Saturday night http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/grizzlies-gasol-injured-in-94-86-loss-to-clippers … and more at http://www.gogrizzlies.com Twitter @CAGrizBeat

April 2, 2015 Updates

The Knicks will make their pass at Marc Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge, and likely at Rajon Rondo and/or Goran Dragic, too, but expect them to be aggressive in pursuing as many young free agents as possible. Jackson does not want to build a team around players in their early 30s. That means Reggie Jackson, Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight will factor prominently on the Knicks’ radar as the team looks to avoid its long-standing habit of indulging in short-term fixes that set the franchise back in the long term. Sporting News

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

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