The Grizzlies' Marc Gasol was far from the center of attention at the All-Star Game this past weekend.
He was perfectly fine with that. He didn't mind being the invisible man when he was in the Western Conference lineup, barely touching the ball and scoring four points.
In fact, he enjoyed the perfect weekend. He liked the notoriety. He kept in shape without taxing himself physically. He didn't come close to sustaining a broken nose, the fate suffered by the Lakers' Kobe Bryant.
Subsequently, Gasol looked downright fresh while recording his 18th double-double of the season on Wednesday night at FedExForum, with game-highs of 22 points and 11 rebounds in 40 minutes as the Grizzlies (20-15) dispatched the Mavericks 96-85.
"When you play in the All-Star Game for the first time, you realize that it's not a real game," Gasol said. "So I enjoyed everything -- the presentation, the warmup. I was like a little kid.
"But it got serious when Kobe got his nose broken. I liked that in the ...