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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

“I really don’t understand analytic type stuff,” he says. “I know it’s got me in the Defensive Player of the Year discussion so I’ll take it.” Allen has been awarded All-Defensive team honors in three of the last four seasons—first team twice. Last year he was left out. “They robbed me last year,” he says. “The only reason they didn’t put me in there is because I missed a lot of games, but this year I’m for sure first team.” complex.com

Despite playing off the bench, Allen remained as engaged as ever. This weekend, he was reinserted into the starting lineup for a Mavericks/Blazers back-to-back that the Grizzlies swept. “He goes a little extra sometimes but that’s him,” says Gasol. “I remember the first time I saw Tony in the Finals, when Boston was playing L.A., and I thought, 'Who the hell is that guy with the towel and 42 on the back, just screaming and yelling and moving? Just tell him to sit down.' But you see him doing the same things here, so it’s his nature. We not gonna change him. We gotta embrace Tony, because he gives you so much things that are so special that are hard to find. He has a special talent he really does and he works. You gotta love him for that.” complex.com

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Fans might be even more surprised to learn that Jeff Green asked Coach Dave Joerger to move him to the bench so that Allen could go back in the starting lineup. Green talked to Marc Gasol and Vince Carter first. Green then took his request to Joerger after the team’s road loss to the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night. Memphis Commercial Appeal

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 18, 2015 Updates

Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen will host his fan-favorite event “Tony Allen Karaoke Night” at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis (3700 Central Avenue, Memphis 38111) on Tuesday, March 24 from 6-8 p.m. to benefit the Juvenile Intervention and Faith-Based Follow-Up (JIFF). Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and media is invited to attend. Allen will be on-hand to meet and greet fans and sing karaoke for a good cause. Admission to the fundraiser is $20 for adults and $10 for kids ages 5-12. Admission is free for kids under five. Appetizers will be included in the price of admission. All proceeds benefit JIFF, Inc. NBA.com



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