All-Star center Marc Gasol expects the Memphis Grizzlies to become more of a running team this season, and that’s absolutely fine with him.
Gasol, currently heading Spain’s challenge at EuroBasket, says he’s had discussions with new head coach Dave Joerger about a fresh direction for the Grizzlies after a summer overhaul that began with the exit of Lionel Hollins and the addition of seven players to the roster, including Mike Miller from Miami and Kosta Koufos from Denver.
It’s a gamble for a team coming off a trip to the Western Conference finals and a season in which Gasol was named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year. Joerger had specific oversight of a unit that allowed a league-low 89.3 points per game during the regular season.
Now, it’s the offense that’s a prime source of attention for the rookie coach, and he’s got his starting center bought in to a running game.
The Grizzlies have found success with an analytical approach in the front office and hard nosed, tough defense on the court. The running offense, assuming they can continually perform as well on defense, should only assist in their improvement.