Marc Gasol’s honest take on All-Star snub of ex-Grizzlies teammate Mike Conley
Los Angeles Lakers center Marc Gasol is as puzzled as everyone as to why good friend Mike Conley has still yet to be named an All-Star in his career. The Spanish center reunited with his former teammate on Wednesday when the reigning champions visited the Utah Jazz at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City.
After the Jazz made quick work of the Lakers, 114-89, Gasol shared his honest take as to why Conley continues to fly under the radar despite his consistent play over the years:
“It’s always tough. I’ve been with him when he deserved to be an All-Star in Memphis many years. He’s always been deserving but not making it. I think this year it’s a little bit tougher because they have the best record in the league,” Gasol said of Conley, per HoopsHype’s Michael Scott.
Mike Conley has been extremely vocal about why he deserved to be included as a member of the the 2021 Western Conference All-Star reserves.
The 33-year-old playmaker, after all, had another strong case this year, norming 16.4 points on a career-high 41.2 percent shooting clip from past the arc to go along with 3.4 boards, 5.6 assists, and 1.4 steals in 25 games played. Plus, he’s a big reason why the Jazz hold the best record in the league at 26-6.
While superstar teammates Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert were named All-Stars for the second year in a row, it wasn’t that surprising that Conley’s name was once again left out of the mix. After all, Devin Booker didn’t even make the cut initially before getting picked as Anthony Davis’ replacement.
Marc Gasol, meanwhile, understands that the 6-foot-1 guard should have already had at least one All-Star citation by now. The Lakers center made the All-Star team thrice during that Grit and Grind era with the Memphis Grizzlies.