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Nov 24, 2009

Eighty Percent

Rudy is happy and winning

Grizz are now 80% on last 5 games. Four out of five son. They could have probably beaten the Bucks as well but they are playing super smart, inspired ball. That would have made this a five game win streak but you can still handle this after a terrible start out west earlier this month:

Minny: 97-87 W
LAC: 106-91 W
Philly: 102-97 W
Buck: 98-103 L
SAC: 116-105 W

The next two games this week might be awfully more tough games. They go to Phoenix and then to Portland. These are both great playoff teams and one has already destroyed us on our home court this month (Blazers).

You gotta love seeing the Grizzlies coming together now though. The rookies look more confident and capable. Rudy Gay, Marc Gasol, and ZBO are all playing at elite levels as high as they have been on their careers. You can't ask for more from them. It looks like Jamaal Tinsley can actually be a good backup to Conley. Although he has not done the defense, he knows how to run the offense.

Teams might actually not look past the Grizzlies later this season as we start gaining momentum and terrorizing the better teams. Look out if we can steal a win later this week out west.

Nov 19, 2009

11/18/09 Clippers win post-mortem


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  • MARC GASOL. ¿¿¿Tienes Fuego???

  • Rudy, OJ, ZBO all played like they were on the same page. Efficiency was high and there seemed to be less deer in headlights. The extra pass was there. The guy running in transition was fed. The open man actually knocked down the shot. Probably some of the best team ball of the season. But the opponent certainly helped them out. Regardless it was satisfying to finally see them playing as a team rather than individuals.
  • Clippers are pretty awful. Really. I think the empty FedexForum lulled them out of the gates. They never knew what hit them. When Mardy Collins gets his first bucket of the season and Steve Novak is coming in at center, you know Dunleavy has lost all hope in his starters at this point.
  • Bench output. Finally got some OOMPH. The rookies look good, and, it kill me to say this, so did Marcus Williams! Haters face turning to a frown.

Nov 16, 2009

Worker's Economy

With nationwide unemployment at record levels of one out of ten, and the underemployed in this country somewhere around the thirty-three percent, it makes sense that some guys are coming into the NBA for much less than their value this year. Grizzlies have had some confusion at the front-court this year, so let's look at who was available. Forget about how we botched this year's "weak" draft full of point guards. We know we failed that one, but what about the old veteran free agency contest? Initially it looked like we were at the lead of the pack with the Allen Iverson signing, but that situation quickly went by the wayside before Iverson could even play a single game in front of his new home crowd.

The 2009 free agent guard shoe horn of redemption

Earl Boykins

  • Washington Wizards asked him step in for injured Mike James and Javaris Crittenton. Spent last season at "Virtus Bologna Fier" earning around the same salary as AI got from Memphis Grizzlies.

    Jason Williams

  • Williams was a Memphis bad boy from the playoff years. He went on to win a World Championship in Miami. There were rumors he'd play in Israel last season but instead he chilled at home in Orlando. Now he's an important new hire as the Magic reloaded to compete again for a second finals run with hopefully better results. He addressed a major need as demonstrated when All-star Jameer Nelson was injured most of the post-season.
  • Not many cheers for JWill when he sank a few open shots in pre-season at the FedexForum. I guess he doesn't have too many fans left in Memphis after all.

    Jamaal Tinsley

  • Has not played in the league since some time two seasons ago when he was forced to leave the team because of behavioral issues. Sounds like a stand-up guy ready to lead the team that claims to have no leadership. But he does average high numbers of assists and steals which are unknown to this year's Memphis Grizzlies.
  • Allegedly the Cleveland Cavaliers looked at him to replace their mentally deranged back-up guard, Delonte West.

    Carlos Arroyo

  • Failed to win the starting job at Orlando two seasons ago but had the job due to injuries. Orlando wanted to go another direction, so he went to the Maccabi team instead of Jason Williams for the 2008-2009 season, where he dominated.
  • Accomplishments include single-handedly defeating the "Dream Team" US. Men's Olympic basketball team.
  • Miami has successfully integrated Arroyo to their team as their backup floor general.

    Carlos Delfino

  • Spent last year on team Khimki Moscow Region as one of highest paid European players.
  • Has played terribly and fallen behind second round pick, Jodie Meeks from Kentucky, on the depth charts.

    Wally Szczerbiak

  • Failed to make an impact after being traded to Cleveland from Seattle in the Ben Wallace trade. Did not contribute much to their failures in the post-season, hence is now out of a job and possibly forced into early retirement.
  • Still unemployed…

    Stephon Marbury

  • nothing to say here,

    Cuttino Mobley

  • Early retirement.

    Allen Iverson

  • not even funny

    Dan Dickau

  • A day late and a buck short award.

    Will Solomon

  • Another former Grizzly player, who paid his dues in Europe and returned for Raptors in 2008. But didn't last.
  • Has just recently been let go from the Turkish champions Fenerbahçe Ülker. Available!
  • Nov 12, 2009

    Jackets in good shape

    Options All Around Article on Sports Illustrated
    How Georgia Tech can get to the National Championship

    Georgia Tech is BCS bound! Best record since I was not really paying attention and only 10 years old, when they won the National Championship, shared with the University of Colorado.

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    There are Grizzlies in this photo if you look close enough in the background. Budinger was my number one target for the 27th pick this year. Houston got him middle of second round and now he's a starter on that winning team.

    Watch for the block on Rudy Gay at 1:42.

    After 3 pathetic seasons, now another finally with all our lottery picks and a 20/10 vet. a 4th season of losing ahead? Going to sleep now guys. See you in the spring!

    Nov 9, 2009

    Grizzed by AI

    In what could be Iverson's final game in the NBA,, Kobe Bryant scored over 40 points in a dismantling win at home over the Grizzlies. AI finished with less than 10 points in 21 minutes off the bench.

    Grizzlies returned to the same arena 24 hours later to get another beating by the reigning last place team from the previous season that is playing without its number one lottery draft pick. In the final moments the Grizzlies continued to foul the Clippers on every possession, and could not get any answers on offense. Because of poor free throw shooting by the Clippers, the Grizzlies still had a chance for a last second prayer three to tie the game, but it just barely missed.

    The team will try to turn the page without Iverson as they return home to Memphis for some home games finally after a winless road trip out west. For theirs is the last place in the Western Conference, but luckily a better record than the winless New Jersey Nets who play with only one starting player on the roster currently, due to injury and sickness.

    Some questions remain for the Grizzlies having waived both Mike Taylor and Trey Glider. Now also without AI on the impotent bench, there is the unknown concept of three point shooting, defense, and depth at the power forward position – being vacated by Hakim Warrick. It is not probable these positions will be filled with talents greater than unemployed summer league leftovers however, as indicated already in comments made by the management when announcing the relinquishment of Trey Glider's $25,000 salary from the books. Returning to the three year plan, as it began with the ejaculation of Pau Gasol, one has to wonder if another three year plan is to be set in motion as no noticeable improvement has been made since the Spaniard parted ways with his Grizzlies franchise.

    Nov 7, 2009


    Nov 5, 2009

    Grizzled West Coast Style

    Grizzlies perform the reputed "Shadow Boxer Defense"

    AI backing up his words with inspired play. sinks a midrange jumper against the Golden State Warriors on November 4, 2009 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

    Nov 4, 2009

    Ghost State Walruses

    Hold on Grizz fans, the season is about to go into overdrive.
    Iverson is back.
    Furthermore, he wants to play start, right out of the gate.

    The national media is having a field day with it. Just when the Grizzlies were looking strong against both good and bad teams, The Answer rings down upon the locker room.

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    I will show you how to win, by winning.

    It's as selfish as it gets. "My butt is sore from being on the bench". Of course that is true, you been injured. We are losing most of our games. But is it panic button time? For AI it has been panic button time for too long now.

    Michael Jordan came back to play for the fictitious basketball team, the Washington Wizards, from 2001 until 2003. He started 120 out of 142 games in which he played in those 2 seasons, and averaged close to 35 minutes a game throughout the duration. Iverson expects the same spotlight I think.

    Is there Grizzlies after 30?

    So how did we get here? AI came in to play the vet role, off the bench. Right? He said he had a new coach and wanted to come and do what he wants for us to be successful. So how is he already questioning the strategy? He is 34 years old. Michael Jordan was 37 when he came back for the Wizards and started the large majority of the games. But Jordan probably didn't sit out all summer waiting for a deal at the last minute and get injured just before preseason. Iverson has to give his team time and maybe he will get those 35 minutes a game.

    But this is the Grizzlies. And we're losing. We're 0.250% win percentage already. Right on track to finish in the 20-26 wins again. But what if we improve? What if the chemistry happens? If you are Iverson you aren't just interested in the Grizzlies winning. He wants to be the chemistry. He wants to be the guy that single-handedly came in and saved this franchise. He isn't going to get there with 11 minutes a night.

    Iverson is not going to wait for weeks to go by and to fit in to the rotation slowly as the losses pile up. He is going to directly assert himself because that's what superstars do. However, he did not read my laws of robotics blog post from last month. By doing this bad press on the Grizzlies he is hurting the team. He certainly is reaching out to OJ Mayo and Mike Conley Jr, to offer them assistance. He's saying bench one or both of them and let me control this team from the outset. Mike Conley Jr. is maybe one inch taller than AI, but he has 25 pounds more of muscle. OJ Mayo is several inches taller and much bigger. How is AI going to improve our most glaring weakness on defense? By scoring more? We have obviously scored plenty with ZBO chipping in a career high chunk each night so far.

    Iverson's outburst is obviously illogical and unprofessional…
    Grizzlies handling of this roster is obviously illogical and insulting to the existing players and fans (Thabeet draft pick specifically)…

    No balance can even these chaotic elements out in a win or loss of Grizzlies tonight.

    The Ghost State Walrus will have to confront the Grizzlies, and I definitely feel pity for them. The Grizzlies are playing on edges of sanity that I doubt any other team has to play for this season. With all of these angry bears on the team competing for their role in the return to respectability, someone is going to get caught taking the brunt of our wrath. Tonight could easily be that night. I look for explosive performances from a number of players as they try to work out the issues on the court, because it ain't going to be settled off the court.

    Let's hope for the best for AI and Grizz.