The loss dropped the Grizzlies to 7-12 on the season and the benching was something that Gasol is upset with, according to Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal.
I don’t like it one bit,” Gasol said to the media after the game. “I’m more (angry) than I can show, and frustrated. But for the benefit of the team, I’ve got to show good leadership and continue to do my job.
“If I start venting, that would be counterproductive,” Gasol added. “But at the end of the day, I’m as competitive as anybody. I hate not playing. That’s what I value most. If I’m not out there, I’m not valued. I’m sure they knew that would hurt me the most.”
Gasol pointed to Mike Conley, the other core player in Memphis, and suggested that Conley would have been treated differently than Gasol.
“You don’t put Mike back in? I’m sure they wouldn’t do it to Mike,” Gasol said. “I don’t know. It’s just the way it is. You have to deal with it. But I’m not just going to lay down and take it. … You try to prove them wrong. I should be playing in the fourth quarter. I think I’ve proven that different times. I’m not just going to accept not playing in the fourth quarter and be happy with it. That’s not my character.