Noah has made an impact behind-the-scenes as well. He’s not only raised the energy level of the Grizzlies’ practices, but has been an influence on young bigs Jaren Jackson Jr. and Ivan Rabb as well. “He pushes them every day,” Mike Conley said. “He’s a competitor, he doesn’t take days off. He goes after them every day. He’s a constant in trying to make each point a lesson. Every time something happens, there’s a lesson to be learned. It’s cool to have another guy like that on your team who can lead and pave it forward.”
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“I’m sure that it’s going to fuel them,” Gasol said of the loud skepticism increasingly endured by the American team. “The amount of talent that the U.S. generates every year is unbelievable,’’ he added. “Even with all the guys that dropped out — or if you want to say these guys don’t have experience internationally — they’re still super talented physically and technically. And they’re pretty well-coached as well. So you put it all together and it’s a great team.”