Grizzlies center Marc Gasol wants to be more of a giant

Gasol has promised himself and teammates that he’s going to do less facilitating this season. Gasol’s goal isn’t to be selfish, but to better identify times when he can impose his will.

“I can get better mentally — knowing when to be aggressive and when the team needs me the most,” Gasol said. “I’ll keep making plays for my teammates but, at the same time, I have to dominate at some point and take over.”

Like a preacher in church on Sundays, power forward Zach Randolph all but bellowed a big fat “Hallelujah.”

“I’ve been telling him that from Day 1,” Randolph said. “Be aggressive. Pick your spots. Big fella is so talented and he plays the right way. But sometimes you’ve got to be aggressive. Sometimes coach wants him to score. He’s the best skilled center in the game by far.”

– Reported by Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal