If you remember, the Grizzlies' season didn't start out so abysmal.
Rather, they were doing quite well to start off, and quickly became one of the shocks of the early season. Sadly, however, the Grizz weren't able to maintain their run and started to fall just as quickly as they had risen. Now, with a record of 18-44 (and in the midst of a 13 game losing streak), Memphis is literally the worst team in the NBA.
Submerged in the middle of it all is Marc Gasol, a 33-year-old All-Star center nearing the tail end of a modest career. Having gone no further than a Western Conference Finals, it doesn't seem fair that he has to spend his last good years on such a hapless roster.
Marc's brother, Pau Gasol, would be the first to agree. In an exclusive with USA Today, Ronald Tillery got together with Pau and discussed the state of his brother's current situation. And according to him, Marc should be upset with the Grizzlies and the current condition of Memphis basketball.
“Of course, he’s upset. He should be upset. Any player who competes and cares would be upset. That’s a good sign from a player who cares and is a leader. He’s putting his body on the line and not quitting.”
“What I told him is, ‘Do your best. Keep competing.’ That’s the only thing you can control,” Pau said. “You can’t control that one of your best players, Mike Conley, is out for the year. You can’t control that (Chandler) Parsons, one of your biggest signings, has an (injury) issue and so forth. All you can control is your effort, your work ethic, your mindset going into games.”
“It’s hard,” Pau said. “It’s tough for a guy that competes, a guy that brings it, a guy that cares, a guy that’s been there for 10 years and has given everything to the team.”
Coming from a guy who's seen so much over his long and storied career, Pau certainly knows what he's talking about in terms of the difficulties of a long NBA season. And for a guy like Marc, who's nearing the end of a successful tenure with practically nothing to show for it, it's got to be frustrating.
Unfortunately for the Memphis big-man, there appears to be no easy end in sight. He's locked into his contract for at least another season, and the trade market value for an aging, un-athletic center is dwidling these days. All that's left for him now is to play hard, keep going strong, and wait for his next opprotunity to surface.