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Happy Golden Birthday to Memphis Grizzlies' Marc Gasol! 29 reasons to love Marc as he turns 29

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Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

It's the Wendigo's golden birthday (turning the age of the day of the month on which you were born) and to some people that means something special. I'd have to admit that my 22nd (my birthday is March 23rd) was far superior in terms of "fun" when compared to my 23rd birthday. But I also met my wife a month after my 23rd birthday so maybe there's something to that after all.

I digress. This is a celebration of Marc Gasol and everything he means to the Grizzlies and city of Memphis, TN. So here are 29 reasons I love Marc Gasol.

  1. He's a 7'1 beast with the gracefulness of a ballerina
  2. He spells his name with a "c"
  3. Because somebody's got to rep the C-Marc's besides Marc Maron.
  4. The fact that his name can't be easily confused for "Paul"
  5. Marc has a level of intensity that Pau didn't bring to Memphis
  6. The Self Butt Slap
  7. We can share the joys of attending White Station High School
  8. He's one of the more genuine and honest pro athletes
  9. He takes serious pride in playing for Memphis, TN
  10. That beard. It's just great. Not too much - not too little.
  11. The Late-Blooming transformation of his body
  12. Silver and Gold, y'all
  13. He rocked the long-messy hair that so many of us rock at that age
  14. He's a role model for pudgy-goofy kids everywhere.
  15. The bevy of nicknames that he inspires
  16. Those passes, ya know
  17. That midrange shot that leave his fingers as if he just flicked the ball
  18. The evolution of his dunk finishes
  19. He's addicted to playing basketball
  20. Those crazy trick shots he attempts after the whistle's blown
  21. DPOY
  22. The accountability he maintains for himself on the court
  23. Humility and class
  24. Explosive and unbridled emotion for the game
  25. He's got to be one of the most courteous NBA players of all time
  26. 86% free throw shooting this season
  27. I know they got some rings out of it, but eat it Lakers
  28. He drinks tea
  29. The Grizzlies are 6-1 since his return on 1/14/14

Salud, Big Spain. Memphis is a better place because of you. Let's make some waves on your golden year!

Let us know what you love about Marc Gasol in the comments below.

(hat tips to Witherwax and Andy Livingston for helping me compile this list)