â†µAll the more reason to break out the atlas and check up on a team like Memphis, who are in fact the exact opposite of the Lakers. LA got Gasol and went toward the skies; Memphis gave him, got Kwame Brown, and now have become a Darko-like punchline. Or are the two closer than we think? From HOOPSWORLD: â†µ
â†µâ‡¥"Marc Gasol was a definite part of this trade that convinced us it was a good trade," says Memphis Grizzlies head coach Marc Iavaroni regarding trading the older Gasol to the Lakers and in return getting, among other things, the rights to his brother Marc. â†µâ‡¥â†µThey also got Javaris Crittendon, the former Georgia Tech point guard whom I happen to think is awesome. The Gasol thing, though, is seriously interesting. Say Marc Gasol turns out to be the next Pau. You could certainly make less plausible predictions, seeing as they have the same parents and everything. And Marc, unlike Pau, has gotten far more experience overseas than his brother did. If that's how this turns out, and the Grizz are looked at as having cut payroll, replaced their star with his younger, cheaper incarnation, and gotten a decent guard in Crittendon ... well, that's not half bad.â†µ
â†µâ‡¥At least among the Spanish media, Marc Gasol IS the current Spanish Idol, being just the second native Spaniard to win their MVP award since the award's inception in 1992. Instead of putting the proverbial foot in the NBA's door, putting a Spanish MVP trophy on the mantle seems to do just fine. All Spanish MVPs since 2003 -- Wálter Herrmann, Andrés Nocioni, Luis Scola and Juan Carlos Navarro -- are now in the NBA. â†µ
This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.