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Marc Gasol
Marc Gasol
Position: C
Born: 01/29/85
Height: 7-1 / 2.16
Weight:265 lbs. / 120.5 kg.
Salary: $24,119,025
Marc Gasol conceded Tuesday that the ankle injury he suffered against the Raptors on Nov. 27 is “not a normal sprain.” The Grizzlies’ star center scored 20 or more points in four straight games to close November, concluding with the Toronto game. But he is averaging just 10.7 points per game over Memphis’ first six games in December. Gasol said that “soreness” is how the injury varies from a normal sprain. The 33-year-old termed it his “decision” to continue playing through the injury.
Storyline: Marc Gasol Injury
In Noah, the Grizzlies see a player who can orchestrate the defense when Marc Gasol needs a rest, and Jaren Jackson Jr. is in foul trouble. Head coach J.B. Bickerstaff also envisions playing Noah next to Gasol, in spurts. The idea of playing two former Defensive Player of the Years together is one that intrigues Bickerstaff. The last team to have former DPOY’s on the same team were the Knicks in 2013-14, with Tyson Chandler and Metta World Peace.
“When was the last time you were able to put two defensive player of the years on the floor together?” Bickerstaff asked. “We have the opportunity to do that. Two guys that are versatile defensively that are extremely intelligent, do a great job of protecting the paint, do a great job of communicating. I think we’re in a unique situation, again, building on the mindset that we want to be a defensive-minded team to bring in that caliber of a defender and be able to put him next to Marc, the level that Jaren, [JaMychal Green], those big guys are playing at. I think it’s huge for us.”