After several rounds of spreading, this news became the Lakers abandoned Pau Gasol to keep Sun Yue, which resulted in various interpretations. After mark became the top center in the west, this news finally became one of Kupchaks crimes. But its clear from Kuyts interview that Grizzlies want both, and the Lakers try to keep one.
Grizzlies obsession with mark is not surprising. They have been studying him for a long time.
In 2001, Paul Gasol was chosen by Grizzlies. His parents and his family moved to the suburbs of Memphis. Mark recently went to high school at Lausanne college in Memphis. At that time, he was so fat that he got the nickname big taco.. No one knows exactly Marks weight at the time, only that he had lost 50 pounds (60 pounds) by the time he entered the NBA.
Marks high school coach is named Jason Peters. He was once a teammate of Penny Hardaway and the most proud student of Jerry West. Peters is famous for his ability to explore the advantages of young people. He has been teaching mark for two years. Later, Mark said that this is the most influential two years for him.
In high school, he was able to shoot from the outside, which was fun. Our team is very strong, we can lead 30 points in the first half, so Ill let him play in the rest of the time, I dont want him to sit down and be unhappy, Peters said. and the other thing is, I want him to run up and lose weight.
Mark plays half of the forwards per game, and sometimes he prefers to break from the flanks and give the ball to the open players. His small skills and selflessness were appreciated by Peters, who said, its really interesting to watch a 2.08-meter-tall, 300 pound (136 kg) little man in the front line.
Mark gradually grew to 2.11 meters, because of the high school playing method, let him have this figure RARE flexible and comprehensive. But in high school, it was hard for him to keep fit, not only because he loved hamburgers and junk food, but also because every summer, his family would come back to Spain together, so they could eat and drink.
Although unable to control the body shape, but high four season mark, the field average data is frightening 26 points 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 blocks. When he graduated from high school, he rejected the offer of University of Memphis coach Calipari and chose to return to Spain to play in Barcelona.
Mark said it was what he always wanted to do, like his brother, to be a good Barcelona centre forward.
After three years in Barcelona, mark played two more seasons at jerona, when he was already the MVP of the Spanish League and a key player in the Spanish national team. When he heard that his signing right was changed to Grizzlies, he was happy to call Peters, and coach Peters was particularly happy. Mark went to high school in Memphis, then went home to play basketball, and finally came to his high school place to play NBA. I thought this moment many times in my dream.
Mark was particularly successful when he entered the NBA. Its just that he doesnt like people comparing him to his brother. In Marks mind, his brother is the perfect example and idol. He is not willing to hear others look down on his brother or to listen to others to flatter himself. Marke has excellent adaptability. In his first year of landing in the NBA at 24, he started the whole season, scoring 11.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.1 caps. However, the Grizzlies still have the best of their own, winning only 24 games in a season.
Mark may be a bit aloof, Hollins said. You never know what hes thinking. He wont tell you. You can only pry yourself out of him.
Hollins didnt like Marks quick shot, but once, mark made a beautiful quick shot and looked at the coach provocatively.
A few minutes later, Mark came to Hollins office and said, coach, why did you lie? Hollins told him you were right and he was wrong. I want to explain to him that the unity and peace of the team is very important, but mark thinks that right and wrong are more important. He has to distinguish right from wrong.
Then a few years later, the League began to play small ball, sometimes Randolph in the fourth quarter as the center, mark can only sit on the bench. He would ask Hollins off the court again and again, did I do something wrong? Why cant I play? Hollins told him it was the teams need and mark accepted the answer but didnt like it.
In 2013, Hollins left office, grizzly coach changed to Jorge. Jorge made three playoffs in three years, but was hired. When he left, news reports said that Jorge felt fired because mark didnt like him.
Mark did not accept this view. Jorge called him after the report was sent out, and wrote a special article praising mark. This paragraph is meaningful: he is the best player and friend I have ever coached. Talented people will make you better, because he needs more talented partners.
Grizzlies coach changed to heat assistant, David fitzdale.
I dont want gray areas, Mark said. I want us to have an ideal for the future. We have a unified mind. If we have differences, we should all be frank.
Its not fitzdales style, its not his style of playing. Fitzdale wanted the team to play faster, run up and throw more three-point shots. He wanted mark to shoot four three-point shots a game. Mark was puzzled at first, and then began to accept the arrangement.
Before the 2016-17 season, mark never made more than 17 three-point shots in a single season, but this year, he made 263 three-point shots, and next season, 320.
I told him, only adaptation or death. Fitzdale said.
Coaches and players dont always have the same ideas, they continue to grow in disagreement. In November 2017, the game against the nets, the contradiction suddenly opened. In the fourth quarter, the Grizzlies relied on a small lineup to get points, and with eight minutes to go, mark planned to play, but fitzdale didnt call his number and he didnt play again. After the game, mark took the initiative to find reporters to complain, if Im not on the court, Im the one whos not valued. Im sure he knows it hurts me the most Fitzdales response was that the decision was not personal, we want to win, so we need to take risks. When you take risks, one or two players may be injured.
The next morning, fitzdale was fired.
Mark never admitted that he promoted fitzdales departure, but the coach killer brand was engraved on him. He even went to LeBron for advice. After reflection, mark admitted, looking back, some things can be solved in other ways.
Six months later, fitzdale was robbed by the league and eventually became the Knicks coach. He received a lot of blessing messages, and it took him several days to reply one by one, but only one of them was answered at that time.
Mark thought he could stay with the Grizzlies to retire, but when he was finally about to be traded, he realized what the problem was - if there was no goal, I would have no motivation.
When Memphis suddenly returns to the game, there is only one emotion.
His memories in Memphis, not only 11 seasons, to be exact, started in 2001, full 18 years, more than half of his life. In the 2018-19 season, he became the defensive barrier again, guarding the forbidden area of the finals. In the summer of 2019, mark lost weight unexpectedly again, this time by 30 kg.
In this year, he began to play like a small forward, just as he did in high school.
In 2020, mark will become a free agent. Toronto is not too emotional for him. He needs to choose a new foothold. Money and team status are never problems. So there is only one idea: does this team have an ultimate goal?
There has never been a middle ground in his world. The stubborn and determined mark Gasol has reached the age of 35 and has only one reason to keep going.
Always do the right thing.
In the end, the Lakers got him, passing by 12 years ago.
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