When the Grizzlies traded Pau Gasol to the Los Angeles Lakers for salary-cap relief, draft picks and his once chubby and not highly regarded little brother, the deal was considered a joke. Marc Gasol recalled his draft status just the other day and even saw the humor in it. "Nobody wanted me at first," Marc said, chuckling. "The Lakers said you can show up for training camp (in 2007) and we'll give you a practice jersey. But they never told me to come here and be part of the team. They never offered me that." Memphis gave Marc Gasol a chance when it insisted on acquiring him as part of the 2008 trade package for Pau. Now, the Griz and their versatile 7-1 center are having the last laugh. The Griz can now say they traded one All-Star for another following Thursday's announcement that Marc Gasol was named to the Western Conference All-Star team as a reserve. "I'm excited to represent my teammates, the city of Memphis and my people back home (in Spain)," Gasol said. "It's a great honor." Gasol earned the nod after averaging career highs in points (15), rebounds (10.2), assists (2.7) and blocks (2.23) on 49.3-percent shooting through 26 games. He's also one of just three NBA players averaging at least 15 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks per game. Centers Dwight Howard (Orlando) and Andrew Bynum (Lakers) are the others.
Marc Gasol named NBA all-star reserve
Memphis Commercial Appeal | Feb 10