“He wanted his own locker room,” a Grizzlies source told the Daily News. “And he basically convinced management to get rid of Zach (Randolph), to get rid of Tony Allen.” Trying to morph the Grizzlies was always going to strain a relationship with Gasol, and the toxicity reached a pivotal moment when, according to a source, Fizdale confronted the team about its lack of desire following a defeat. The coach went around the locker room asking each player if he believed he could win a championship. If they lacked belief, they didn’t belong on the Grizzlies.
May 23, 2018 | 2:26 pm EDT Update
When Larry Nance Jr. joined the Cavaliers in a Feb. 8 trade from the Los Angeles Lakers, he needed direction about how his new team did things. He needed a workout partner. He needed insight into the Cavs offense and his responsibilities on defense. The Revere High School product got all that from Tristan Thompson, a player much like himself — a high-energy, athletic and versatile big man who to this point in his career has not been a prolific scorer.