The situation in Memphis the past few weeks has been one stunning revelation after another. After the organization’s rash decision to part ways with head coach David Fizdale amid a brutal losing streak, hints about broader underlying issues have been steadily trickling in. All-Star center Marc Gasol didn’t hide his displeasure after his now-infamous fourth-quarter benching against the Nets last month — a direct precursor to Fizdale’s ouster — and it wasn’t long after that he admitted his relationship with his coach was much dicier than anyone suspected. But that wasn’t Gasol’s only beef. As it turns out, the former Defensive Player of the Year wasn’t happy about the franchise letting both Zach Randolph and Tony Allen leave in free agency last summer. Via Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal: Perhaps the only other revelation in Gasol’s latest interview was that he believes the franchise broke up the “core four” too soon. “I didn’t understand the why,” Gasol said. Zach Randolph left for Sacramento, and Tony Allen signed with New Orleans. Both players were unrestricted free agents last summer, and the Grizzlies didn’t offer either a contract. “Zach and Tony being gone has been more difficult than you guys can see on the floor,” Gasol said. Their departure undoubtedly marked the unofficial end of the Grit-N-Grind Grizzlies, and the organization can certainly be forgiven for not wanting to tie up cap space with a pair of aging veterans whose respective skill-sets are on the wrong side of the NBA’s pendulum swing.
Marc Gasol Says Memphis Made A Mistake By Letting Zach Randolph And Tony Allen Leave
Uproxx | Dec 26