Eight months ago in Toronto, Marc Gasol's rambunctious kids ran around the house with an old pal. After 10 1/2 seasons as Memphis Grizzlies teammates, Gasol and Mike Conley were about to play against each other for the first time. But first, pasta.
The night before, Conley was back in Memphis, already his second visit of the season as a member of the Utah Jazz. His return, featuring a tear-inducing tribute video, was strange, almost dreamlike, for both him and Gasol. The center had been traded the previous February, and on opening night received a Raptors championship ring with "GRIT&GRIND" engraved on the inside, but he still hadn't had his homecoming. Initially scheduled for March 28, it will have to wait until next season, whenever that is.