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Jun 26, 2009

draft hangover funeral dirge

Ok so I did not get anything I wanted from our 3 draft picks.

Somehow, we ended up with two more damn BIG EAST All-stars, another Memphis Tiger killer, and we lost the king of unpredictable aloofness, Darko Milicic. Darko is going big time in New York City and I hope he does well.

But at any rate, I must rally behind my team even if I think it's being run by deranged pygmy marmosets.

Happy balloon time in Tanzania!

"Just Thabeet it, Thabeet it,
No One Wants To Be Defeated
Showin' How Funky Strong Is Your Fight
It Doesn't Matter Who's Wrong Or Right"

Our other 2 picks:

Carroll is a "junk yard dog". But I won't bring up how we had one of those before and let it go for nothing. I'm interested to see what they do with him, if anything. These type of players have not lasted long in Memphis when they've been on our team. Maybe we're finally taking on a new tougher identity though. It's about time!

And there were a few other guys I would have picked before Sam Young. But I suppose he could be a beast that we need off the bench to "hold our ground" while the starters are resting on the bench and help prevent the 3rd quarter blowouts that always seemed to happen the last 3 years! It's a longshot if we ever see him in games but let me tell you I'd take anything over the parade of scrubs we've had on the bench in the past.

Jun 25, 2009

Draught Day

Probably this is the most thrilling day of the year for Grizzlies fans. Each year it gets better. Four years ago we had no picks! Now we got three baby! Long life ahead!

Looking back a couple years, we had the excellent Greg Oden / Kevin Durant draft with the back-to-back Champion Florida Gators all coming out at once. That landed us Mike Conley, Jr., the highest PG prospect since Deron Williams. He had a very solid second year after another Grizz coaching change. Best of all, he seemed to bring some order to our otherwise totally inexperienced and confusing mishmash of dysfunctional chemistry.

Everyone was impressed with Grizzlies progress last year

Last year featured the greatest Memphis State player ever, who took us all the way to the finals, as well as an assortment of championship Kansas jocks. All the buzz culminated in our acquisition of West Virginia's OJ Mayo, the guy we blew up our entire team for last year. Randy Moss is also from West Virginia so it's for real over there. And we found that Sideshow Bob not only has a twin brother, but that there are triplets!

Now, this year is going to be one for the ages. Experts are calling it the deepest point guard draft in years. Teams have been assaulting the Grizzlies in hopes to trade up for our pick. OKC management has had to gone into hiding in some remote location in the middle of nowhere - some place called Oklahoma where all the tractor trailers' license plates are manufactured apparently. It's been one of those drafts! Rumor is that the Grizzlies had to pass on Shaq because there's so much activity they're waiting for the highest bid to settle. So Suns had to act desperate and throw him to the Cavs for garbage. The Timberwolves got so excited they traded for picks 5 and 6. And you know when Minnesota makes that kind of move there must be something very special in this draft! They are an organization that never falters.

Which 2009 draft choice will help lead Memphis back to respectability?

some of the greatest basketball minds have a hard time admitting their infatuation with the thin framed lad from EspaƱa

party time in giant land

Memphis on the move

Who knows what clowns will land on Beale Street this summer?

Jun 16, 2009

Grizz Slams Cancer

Indonesia Madness 2009

Madness link

Jun 10, 2009

Gina Incandela

Daylon doesn't have much on her. kids these days got some talent.

Jun 4, 2009

Looking at these 2009 Finals

Grizzlies want to basically try to imitate exactly what these teams did to get here. That's all it takes right? Of course not! But it is fun to look at the supplementary pieces that were used to get here. We may not be able to get Kobe or SUPERMAN, but the Ariza's and the Tony Battie's of the league are plentiful. Let's take a look at the "X-Factors" that Grizzlies, and every other team watching from home, will want next year. (besides Birdman. If Denver were here this whole post would be a tribute to him, guaranteed. ok and Dahntay).

Courtney Lee

He's got the size midway between Tarence Kinsey and Brandon Roy. His game falls somewhere in there as well. He doesn't dominate the game but obviously on this team he doesn't need to. He's there to shutdown defenders and play smart when his chance is there. To have played this well as a rookie in the late rounds of the playoffs is amazing. Anyone would want someone like Lee that can be depended upon and who continues to grow stronger each game it seems. Resilience and finesse make him a strong basketball player. The Grizzlies have a frail, out of date version in Quinton Ross, who at this point might as well stay on the team for the peanuts we pay him. And perhaps Eddie Jones was better than Courtney Lee; time will tell.

Trevor Ariza

Derek Fisher might be the floor general, who will take you aside and let you know if you did wrong and will stand up for his soldiers. Kobe might unwittingly be the team leader. After them, Ariza is the Laker's enforcer. He makes all the dirty plays and retaliations. He fights for rebounds when Gasol and Odom look out of gas. He picks up the guy in the paint when Bynum is watching the cheerleaders instead or whatever it is he does. Grizzlies could have a similar man in Darrell Arthur. Arthur perhaps gives us more rebounding and less cowardly tactics as Ariza, but maybe not as much explosiveness and scoring ability.

Mickael Pietrus

It's hard to believe anyone would leave Guadeloupe. Somehow dude left paradise for the Magic Kingdom and has knocked down a ton of three pointers on the road to the finals. He chips in a dozen or so points every night and does his best to foul and annoy LeBrandon James whenever possible. He was pesky against the Celtics. Pietrus never was great at Golden State but has found a great niche on this team. The combination of good shooting, size and length at the guard spot, and pesky defense are pivotal to Magic's success to this point. Every edge counts, and Pietrus brings it. Interestingly, he's about the same size as Kobe. Grizzlies really need to replace Greg Buckner with a Pietrus type player! Bonzi Wells, where, oh where, art thou?

Lamar Odom

Odom has lived two lives in the playoffs. Although his significance on this team has been mercurial, he still is a key factor in the back-to-back Western Conference Championships of the Lakers. He looks best when he is sweating like crazy and giving it all. I can't wait to see him out there with Rashard Lewis. If the Lakers win the series you can probably look at Odom and Gasol down low and see a victory where otherwise the Magic dominate inside. Odom was once a franchise player with Allstar potential, but now is relegated to a third option and sixth man role off the bench. Of course he will be inconsistent given that history. He's been an enigma for a long time, but it may finally work out for him this year. Grizzlies equivalent would be Hakim Warrick at this point. Warrick does a lot for the team and yet is just not quite good enough to be starter in the post-Pau days of Memphis. We would be smart to obtain a player along Odom's career path, that is satisfied with a support role at a veteran's salary.

Jun 1, 2009

Who does Number Two work for?!

Check out this info:

The #2 Pick Is In Play:

League sources contend that Memphis' #2 overall selection is in play. The Grizzlies have been considering a number of options and it seems that dealing the pick for a lower first rounder and a veteran asset seem to be the option they are leaning towards. Grizzlies' sources said they club is planning for both contingents, saying they have a short list for players at #2, but that they have expanded their research to include players ranked far lower than number 2 and met with several of them at the NBA Pre-Draft Camp in Chicago. The Grizzlies are more likely to move the pick to a team enamored with Spanish sensation Ricky Rubio, and after teams meet with him at the RBK Eurocamp next week in Italy, his value is expected to shoot up and the bidding for the #2 pick will begin. Should the Grizzlies' strike out on a deal the belief is the Grizzlies will draft UCONN's Hasheem Thabeet. In talking to Grizzlies' sources the belief is that Thabeet will not be a starter in Year One, and that coming off the bench to spell Marc Gasol and provide defense and rebounding would be his primary role with the ultimate plan being able to go big against the likes of the Lakers and Houston. The Grizzlies were dead last in rebounding last season – ranking 24th in offensive rebounding and 28th in defensive rebounding. Thabeet's size and defense, and the fact he would not have to start right away makes him more attractive if the Grizzlies have to use the pick
HoopsWorld website

That's right buddy, you show that turd who's boss!

Rubio no quick fix
A prospect like Rubio is a special test case in patience. His extraordinary youth, supreme gifts, demonstrable professionalism and potential to be a game-changer come with a grab bag of identifiable shortcomings at the position with the most demanding responsibilities.

What he will be this year might not justify the hype and his high draft position. What he might be in a few years could make him look like a steal.

Rubio might be worth more as a trade bait than anything to Grizz. I thought about Mike Conley and decided he is a keeper. As much as anyone, I've been in love with the Rubio's youtube remixes as well as enjoyed viewing his live performances in Beijing last year. But Conley is a real PG and we have brought him up out of the ashes of Damon Stoudamire's reign and the battle with Kyle Lowry and company. I'm starting to lean towards picking Rubio and trading him, depending on who wants him enough to trade us.

The fact is that drafting Thabeet at #2 is foolish. If we can swing a big time PF our way with the 2 and get some future growth in the mix of a trade, I think I'd do that now. If there's no trades on the table at draft day then CW has his hands full. But I'd still pull the trigger on Rubio. We don't need FOUR foreign seven footers. Adonal Foyle was chased away, surely by Darko and Haddadi dressed in a 2 person horse costume, just days after coming to Memphis.

  • I'd hate to see what they'd do to a taller rookie like Thabeet.

Today's message: Draft + Trade Rubio!

Hell, the Thunder might do the same thing.