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As he said in our chat and has before in others, it would take quite a lot for him to leave the special situation they have in Memphis. And yes, for those Tennesseans who surely wondered, Marc is known to have a favorite sushi spot that he approves of in the city that adopted him so many years ago. "The city of Memphis and the franchise means a lot to me," he told USA TODAY Sports. "It's not going to be easy for me to leave a place like that." USA Today Sports

He's willing to discuss free agency, and is clearly planning on at least listening to other teams come July 1, but he's quick to make it clear that this isn't about some desire to be wooed or wined and dined. "I don't think I'm going to enjoy that part of it, because I think a lot of is just, you know, it's just not what's important," he said. "It's meaningless, all the 'We want you … ' No, 'What is your plan?' You want to see a plan. I haven't figured (the free agency plan) out yet. I haven't really put any thought in it. I'm just going to see what I want first as a family and from there we'll go. We'll ask the questions that we have to ask, and we'll go from there." USA Today Sports

"Me and my wife (Cristina), we could live in Yukon Canada if needed be - trust me," Marc said with a smile. "We can get used to anything. Just like it was a big shock for us as a family to move from (Spain) to Memphis, we can make it anywhere. Anywhere in the world where we can live – Thailand, Japan. I even talk to Cristina about it, like when I'm done playing in the NBA, I would like to travel the world and live in different cities just to know them, and learn a different culture, learn different languages. I like the Patagonia in Argentina. Japan is a place that I would love to do for a good six months. China, I've been there many times, and I don't know if I could make it in China, but I think I would too honestly. I'm more on the country side than big cities. London. I would love to live in Australia." USA Today Sports

Pau and Marc Gasol made history by becoming the first brothers to start in the same All-Star Game. Pau, the 34-year-old who’s four years Marc’s elder, won the opening tipoff, but that was irrelevant to him. “The emotional moment was just the jump against your brother,” Pau said. New York Daily News

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The Bulls center and the Memphis Grizzlies’ center will open the game with the most famous center jump in All-Star history, the first time brothers will start against one another for on opposing sides in the NBA All-Star game. “It’s hard to put in words, honestly,” said Marc. “It’s a pretty indescribable feeling. It means so much. Pau’s career has gone one way and my career has gone a completely different way. But we’ll both meet at the jump ball. I don’t think it matters who wins (the tip). But I think we’re both going to go for it no matter what we say now.” NBA.com

“To be here in an All-Star setting with everything that’s going on and my brother and I being in the All-Star game as starters, everything is just incredible,” said Pau. “This (Sheraton) was the hotel where I stayed when I was drafted first in the NBA in 2001. To be here now as an All-Star 14 years later with my brother and everyone here covering this moment is quite incredible. He had a different path (from me) for sure. He had to work really hard and make sacrifices to overcome certain things over the course of his career. He’s done incredible. His path has been remarkable, worth talking about it. I give him a lot of credit for it because he’s a one-of-a-kind player. His story should be very inspiring to a lot of people. I’m just very proud of Marc. He has become not just a great basketball player, but a great man as well. I love who he is and what he does on and off the court.” NBA.com

Anyway, the possible Knicks targets all were far less interested in talking about free agency than the members of the New York media were. The players are on winning teams that have legitimate hopes of making playoff runs. In the words of the Grizzlies' Marc Gasol, who is perhaps the big man the Knicks would most like to sign: "Not yet. I don't think about free agency yet. It's going to come to one point in time when I'm going to have to do that and I'll weigh all my options. And when that happens, I'll look at everything on the table." In the same vein, Millsap said: "I'm nowhere with that. I'm too focused on the season to even worry about the summer or next year or where I'm going to be." Aldridge added, "I'll cross that bridge when I get to it." Newsday

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"I never thought he would develop into that kind of player," Nowitzki said, recalling the 350-pound behemoth he met in the hotel hallway years ago. "I mean, just really no weaknesses out there. Tough-minded. So yeah, I'm a big fan." Bleacher Report

The man in the jersey is a 30-year-old center for the Memphis Grizzlies. And there is nothing simple or straightforward about how he got here, on this billboard, in this spot, in this city. Marc Gasol is the fringe prospect who became a superstar. He's the fat kid who became an athletic stud. He's the kid brother who outshined his famous sibling. He's the foreign import Memphis claims as its own—a Spaniard with the soul of a Southerner. "Marc won't tell you, but he's from Memphis," said the Grizzlies' Mike Conley, one of Gasol's closest friends. "We say that all the time, man. He embodies everything this city is about—the toughness, the blue-collar work ethic, all those things that this city's about, is how Marc carries himself. He's a low-key kind of guy, not a guy that wants to be all up in the spotlight and things like that." Bleacher Report

With Marc a stalwart of the Memphis Grizzlies, it will be an occasion to remember for their extended family, both claim, but the latter claims facing off against one another remains a unique experience. “I think our relationship off the court has always been strong,” he told MVP. “First, it was more of a big brother/little brother kind of relationship, of course, and once the age …not that it didn’t but once I got more mature and become older, our relationship got really closer and closer, and on the court we both understand how much each other cares for the game, we both understand how much the game means to the other, because we see how much each other works. “So, when we play each other, we barely acknowledge each other; we don’t make eye contact. We know each other’s moves pretty much, and tendencies, so it’s hard to come out with something new to surprise the other guy in front of you. We know after the game we’re not going to talk very much about what happened, because we know that one of us is not going to be too happy, he’s not going to be happy about losing, and so we respect that, too. That’s how we are.” MVP 24/7

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