Marc Gasol Surprised & Upset About 4th Quarter Benching, Grizzlies Lose 8th In A Row
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Marc Gasol went into Sunday’s game just nine field goals away from becoming the franchise leader in made field goals. No sweat right? He left the game surprised, pissed and three field goals short after being benched in the fourth quarter of the team’s latest loss.
“I do not know the why,” a frustrated sounding Gasol said of the benching. “It’s a first for me, trust me, and I don’t like it one bit. I’m more pissed than I can show and frustrated.
“I always lead by example. If I start venting and go off, that would be counterproductive, that wouldn’t be leading by example. It would be the complete opposite. But at the end of the day, I’m just as competitive as anybody else. I hate not playing. That’s what I value most. If I’m not out on the floor, I’m not valued. I’m sure they knew that would hurt me the most.”
If the benching in a loss to the Nets — a team on a three-game losing streak and playing without D’Angelo Russell and Alan Crabbe — wasn’t hurtful enough, the loss was the 8th(!) in a row for the miserable Memphis team that started the season 5-1.
Despite only playing 28 minutes, Gasol still finished with a team-high 18 points, including 16 points and six field goals in the first half.
“It was a pretty simple decision what I did.” Said Coach Fizdale about the benching. “It’s nothing against him. I’m trying to win a game. I’m desperate.”
UPDATE: Fizdale is also unemployed. The Grizzlies fired him on Monday afternoon.