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Oct 30, 2009

Halloween NBA schedule

Games to watch:

  1. Friday: Memphis (0-1) vs. Toronto (1-0)

    Grizzlies hope to bounce back from a dismal opening night performance. Raptors are riding a wave as they upset one of the unanimous pre-season favorite title contenders. Are the Raptors that great up front or is Shaq that bad? Are the Grizzlies going to be able to establish an inside-outside game against a theoretically weaker backcourt?

  2. Friday: Milwaukee (0-0) vs. Philly (0-1)

    Another disappointing opening night for a team that wants to be in playoff talks, but likely won't. Philadelphia was playing garbage time midway through the game against Orlando and padding their stats along with the Orlando bench on opening night. Milwaukee features the prototypical big-mouth, self-interested, immature rookie point guard in the starting role along with a bunch of underrated talent. If this team gels I think they could be dangerous, especially if Hakim Warrick is healthy and gets his opportunity alongside healthy Bogut. They have all the pieces, but they're very raw and inexperienced.

  3. Friday: Washington (1-0) vs. Atlanta (1-0)

    After beating Dallas without their Olympic champion, NBA All-star, Antawn Jamison, the Wizards look to be a legit threat in the East. The surprising domination by Blatche and Haywood against the aging Dallas front line could not be overcome. And Agent Hibachi looked to be back to his old self, indeed. Can they keep it up against Atlanta, another mid-tier Eastern force tonight? Atlanta has slowly recreated their franchise behind Joe Johnson and Josh Smith. Johnson and floor general, Bibby are entering the downward slope of their careers. So there is some urgency for that team to be great, now. A win at home against these Wizards would place them among early season elite in my opinion.

  4. Friday: Detroit (1-0) vs. OKC (1-0)
    This is one to watch. It has potential to be a great game. If not, then it is interesting to see which team is for real. Neither has really high expectations but they both completely dominated their rather inept opponents on opening night.
  5. Saturday: Portland (1-1) vs. Zombieland/Houston (1-1)

    Anything could happen in Zombieland I guess. And who doesn't love a playoff rematch? This could be a statement game for Greg Oden.

  6. Sunday: Chicago (1-0) vs. Miami (1-0)
    Another fine East Conference match up.

Oct 28, 2009

Return of the Infamous

The opening night BLUE OUT is here today.

For a superior preview, pop open this link, 3SOB preview.

Tonight's starting lineup of the Grizz is probably what most Grizz fans expected even with a healthy Iverson. He was billed as the vet coming off the bench, even though some of his comments to the media in August and September indicated otherwise.

Yet here we go without two guys that started for their teams last year, Darrell Arthur and Allen Iverson. Nevertheless, in preseason our rookies and min contract additions carried most of the weight, so they should be ready to hold down the bench tonight, and into the early stages of the season.

Last night was an excellent opening for the league itself. Boston set the tone for the season by ruining Shaq's coming out party in Cleveland. Instead it was Sheed looking perfect, and Big Z looking far past his prime. LeBrandon James looked great though so the Cavs will be a tough one.

Dallas and Washington had a great match that leaves plenty of good things to build on for each team. As for the late games, well the box scores look interesting. I guess this happens every year but you could build a nice team with the guys that were missing already from the first 4 games last night:

We can't be too upset on missing just 2 nice bench players when all those stars are missing:

Other no-shows: Nicolus Batum, Glen Davis, Blake Griffin, Juwan Howard, Joey Dorsey (hah).

Grizzlies will have their ups and downs, obviously like every team. Even on opening night it can be a low. But for the Grizzlies, tonight should be a big win and real jump start to the season. After watching the big games last night, and comparing it to the preseason games of Memphis Grizzlies, I'd say we are going to be far away from a playoff team. Those teams are operating at a much higher level of basketball that I just can't see our team morphing into this season. But we will have some excitement and we should surprise some people and get them to reconsider all the negative press on the Grizz this year.

Oct 21, 2009

Check out the kid with the FauxHawk

Nicky Santoro: Oh I don't know whether you know this or not, but you only have your fuckin casino because I made that possible. I'm what counts out here, not your fuckin country clubs or your fuckin TV shows! And what the fuck are you doing on TV anyhow? You know I get calls from back home every fuckin day, they think you went bat shit!

Oct 20, 2009

Grizzlies Preseason Reviews

This Grizz fan has been away for too long, and I have plenty to make up for.

I spent the last 2 weeks in Memphis with my new wife. We were married October 11, 2009 at Lichterman Nature Center! Part of the wedding planning and wedding relaxation included 2 preseason games at the forum against the OKC Thunder and the Orlando Magic.

Another special treat was running into Zach Randolph outside our "honeymoon" hotel, the Madison. I guess he was staying there too. Despite the atrocious loss the night before, at the hands of the Eastern Conference Champs, I was delighted to shake ZBO's hand in person and tell him I was "a huge fan and very excited for this season". It's amazing how your perception gets influenced by meeting the players in person. He was obviously busy but took the few seconds to hear me out – so I have a good feeling about Zach in Memphis now for sure. And I imagine he doesn't get noticed all that much in street clothes around town, so it's probably good to have some fan recognition - I hope he knows people are rooting for him even when things are looking down against the giants like the Magic.

The Thunder game was pretty good because we won and Sam Young went bat shit in the 4th quarter for 15 points. Sam Young also had more highlight dunks and big time plays against the Magic, but we lost that one by a large margin. Gortat and Reddick were killing us. Barnes and Pietrus looked better than any of our starting 5. It was mightily disappointing since it would likely be my last game to see in the Forum in 2009. But I did like seeing the continued hustle of the all new Grizzlies, especially Sam Young.

In fact we got a new cat when we got home last week, and I named it "Sam" in honor of both Grizzlies' Sam Young and the Patriots' Sammy Morris. Of course, Sammy Morris proceeded to get injured on the first play of the game against the Titans massacre this past Sunday…

But back to basketball — the Grizzlies look like they have some players but have a very long way to go before being considered a great team again. I hope some of this was due to Mike Conley being absent from both games we attended. I also hope Allen Iverson provides some kind of cohesion when he returns – but we know well what the media thinks about that - that he would be more of a dividing force rather than a unifying force. My expectations were extremely low going into last season, but this season I have really become starstruck with the promise of 50 or so double doubles from Zach and at least 17 points a night added to the mix by a future hall of famer. I like to think our assists will come. I also like to think the rookies will come in and provide a huge lift when they are called upon. Thabeet looked pretty good against Nenad Krstic and BJ Mullens at least.

Go Grizzlies!

Oct 1, 2009

Horror from the North

Scoop Jackson interview with AI

Sounds like AI and Heisley echo each other. Either way they are going to be criticized. Heisley for pushing the moves on his organization, and AI for not living up to his reputation and saving the day for Memphis and for himself.

if we lose games and I score a lot, they going to say I'm scorin' too much. If we lose games and I don't score a lot, they gonna say I'm not scoring enough. It's a lose-lose, unless we win. So all I can do is huddle up with these guys and try to win basketball games.

"It's Personal"

So when I said it's personal, I meant it's not personal to me as far as people saying what they've been saying about me, about me losing a step and this and that. … It's personal on a level to where I can have fun again playing basketball. Not worry about, "Oh, he should start or he shouldn't start," and all of that nonsense. I'm talking about going to practice -- yeah, I said practice (laughs) -- and have fun and come out of practice happy, go to games happy, leave the arena, win or lose, happy. Man, again, I'm 34 years old. I don't want to be going to do what I love to do, and it's hurting me. Like, every time I show up to games, I got an attitude all the time. I don't want that. So when I said it's personal, I mean as far as me wanting to have fun again and have that love for the game all over again.

Grizzly Goals

I'm not coming in here trying to say, "If we go to the playoffs, everybody around [here] is happy, the whole city is happy and everything because we make the playoffs." I'm 14 years in -- this is my 14th year -- I'm not going to be content and happy with just that.