MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - It was a somber crowd inside FedExForum Wednesday night.
This was the first home game since the Memphis Grizzlies confirmed they’re looking to trade marquee players Mike Conley and Marc Gasol.
Conley and Gasol, along with Tony Allen and Zach Randolph, are part of the Core Four, the players who created and defined Grit and Grind in Memphis Grizzlies basketball.
GrizzNation is now bracing to say farewell to that.
"It's been emotional for sure,” said Jason Rosselot. Rosselot is the ultimate Grizz fan – he’s an 18-year season ticket holder and never misses a game.
This game, though, was harder than most.
“It was weird, I told people walking in here tonight it is almost like going to a funeral it really felt that way when you walked in,” Rosselot said. “Kind of sad."
Cullen Morgan said losing Tony Allen and Zach Randolph was hard enough.
“It’s difficult,” Morgan said.
If Mike and Marc go, it’s like the second part of the Band-Aid being ripped off. The prospect was so meaningful that Morgan brought his son Calder and daughter Harper to the game .
“They don't normally come to games on a school night, but I made sure to bring them tonight in case it's the last time Mike and or Mark is on court in Beale Street blue,” Morgan said.
Conley, Gasol, Allen and Randolph epitomized the Grit and Grind era, led the team during its most successful years, taking the Grizz to the Western Conference finals.
Conley is Dominic Middleton's favorite player. He'll miss him if he goes, but Dom says Grit and Grind stays in Memphis.
“Grit and Grind is going to be here when I have kids and grandkids, I think it's going to be here for a while,” Middleton said.
The last two years were tough. Losing games and cherished players is never easy, but loyal fans know that’s the reality of the NBA.
"Maybe Mark and Mike will have a chance to get a ring so that’s what you hold in the back of your head and hope if they get traded somewhere maybe they can go make a championship run,” Rosselot said.
“Mike and Mark have grown up with the city and with this team, so it’s going to be difficult seeing them in anything other than a Grizzlies uniform,” Morgan said.
Fans refer to this losing season as a dumpster fire. Earlier in the day, there was an actual fire in the Grizzlies’ locker room.
There were no injuries but it was a weird, sad, emotional day, indeed.
The Grizzlies lost to the Pelicans 118-107 Wednesday night.