Teams observe moment of silence for victims

Updated: March 13, 2004, 8:17 AM ET
Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Memphis Grizzlies, whose roster includes forward Pau Gasol of Spain, had a moment of silence Friday night for the victims of the bombings in Madrid.

The Memphis players wore black shoes, black headbands and black armbands bearing Gasol's name and number. Gasol, the third-year player from Barcelona, had a black ribbon on his white Grizzlies home jersey for the game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

"It's something people from my country asked me to do, and obviously, I'm all about it," said Gasol, Memphis' leading scorer and rebounder.

Almost 200 people were killed and an estimated 1,400 injured in the terrorist attacks Thursday. The bombs were hidden in backpacks on trains.

"There's nothing we can do," said Gasol, who has talked several times with people in Spain since the attacks. "Nobody has explained very well what happened, and why did it happen. We're just trying to stay together right now.

"It's a tough time for all of us in the country."

Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press