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‘I freakin missed it’ – The Grizzlies’ Dynamic Duo Reflects on Their Reunion After a Long Hiatus

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The Memphis Grizzlies recently shared a heartwarming post-game interview on Twitter, offering a glimpse into the team’s positive locker room atmosphere. The tweet, from the Memphis Grizzlies’ official account (@memgrizz), features forward Brandon Clarke expressing his excitement about reuniting on the court with teammate Jaren Jackson Jr.

The tweet reads:

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“I’m very, very grateful that I’m able to play again with [Jaren]. I freakin missed it.” – “@brandonclarke23 walk off interview presented by @MichelobULTRA”

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This short clip goes beyond just a post-game interview; it highlights the strong bond between Clarke and Jackson Jr., suggesting a potential recipe for success for the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Clarke and Jackson Jr. aren’t just teammates; they were college buddies at San Jose State University. Their on-court chemistry was undeniable, showcasing a complementary skillset that had Memphis Grizzlies fans excited when Clarke was drafted in 2019 to join Jackson Jr.

Unfortunately, Clarke’s rookie season was cut short due to a knee injury. This meant missing significant playing time alongside Jackson Jr., who himself battled injuries throughout the 2019-20 season. While both players were healthy the following season, the Grizzlies opted to manage their minutes at times, limiting their on-court synergy.

The 2023-24 season finally presents a sustained opportunity for Clarke and Jackson Jr. to share the court and showcase their talents together. Clarke’s emotional response in the interview reflects his genuine joy at being able to play alongside his friend and former teammate. This enthusiasm goes beyond just personal connection; it signifies a potential turning point for the Grizzlies.

A strong team chemistry like the one between Clarke and Jackson Jr. can have a significant impact on the Grizzlies’ performance in several ways:

  • Improved On-Court Communication: Knowing each other’s tendencies and playing styles allows for better anticipation and smoother execution of plays.
  • Enhanced Defensive Awareness: Familiarity with each other’s movements allows for better defensive rotations and overall team defense.
  • Elevated Team Morale: A positive locker room atmosphere fueled by genuine camaraderie can translate to better on-court energy and hustle.

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