NBA: Memphis Grizzlies’ veteran core shares uncommon bond, championship hopes

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies’ veteran core shares uncommon bond, championship hopes

Comfort was giving way to discomfort, and friendship to frustration. “Do something!’’ Marc Gasol was seen yelling at Memphis Grizzlies teammate Mike Conley on their way out of a team huddle.

There were on their way to a loss against the visiting Houston Rockets — Memphis’ third defeat in four games — and after so many years together it was becoming harder than ever to hold the filters in place. Later that night two weeks ago, Memphis guard Tony Allen would go online in the middle of the night to dismiss reports of dissension within his team.

“If you see me talking to any of my teammates and we bickering, trust me, it’s a resolution going to get done right then and there,’’ said Allen, as detailed by Ron Tillery of The Commercial-Appeal. “You think Michael Jordan ain’t curse Scottie Pippen out? You think Michael Jordan ain’t curse Dennis Rodman out?’’

“We hung our heads a little bit too much,’’ Conley said after the blowout loss to Houston. “We were a little bit too emotional on different plays … It’s hard to be a team when you’re battling yourselves.’’

Of course there were disagreements among the Grizzlies. For them, however, this was not necessarily a bad thing. They were counting on squabbles like these to renew their strength. Their willingness to argue with one another is why they have a chance to go far this spring.

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NBA: Memphis Grizzlies’ veteran core shares uncommon bond, championship hopes

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