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Nov 22, 2010

Bloodshed







Grizzlies are slow out of hibernation this season, especially OJ Mayo. On the bright side Rudy Gay and Mike Conley are earning their new contracts. There have been a lot of very close games that should have been won, including a devastating OT against Boston and a 2OT in Phoenix. The Grizzlies can right this ship and we'll get back to amazing things.

Kevin Garnett on the loss to league low Toronto Raptors on Sunday, "On paper they might not be whatever but as far as talent, this league has a lot of talent and you’ve got to respect that.” I think the Grizzlies have won respect since 2008. Now it's about going out there and competing.

The three year plan by Michael Heisely is somewhat laughable and frustrating because we obviously are not where they told us we'd be. We're a team that would only get to the playoffs by luck and would get completely blown away in a 4 game series. The silver lining is that they are a team that's exciting and does compete on most nights.



As a fan, it's soul crushing to think "what if?". Our offseason consisted of resign of Rudy Gay (keeping the course), haggling over the rookie contracts (good for the future but non-factor for present season success), and the signing of Tony Allen (an end of the bench guy, role-player, not going to move into starting lineup probably ever). It's a shame a team like this could have all the success they have with their stars (Mayo, ZBO, Gasol, Gay), but then have nothing but knuckleheads on the bench. There just isn't enough firepower on the team and it boils down to MONEY, the true evil of modern society, which is sickening. "It is what it is"… Every team has to manage salary be successful, but obviously the teams that really truly compete for playoffs in the league SPEND MONEY to do so. Trust me, I rather make smart decisions than throw more money at overpaid grown-ups to play a kids game.


Oh well! If we're still good enough to beat a top team 25% of the time, it's still worth watching all 4 games to see that one out of 4 that results in a spectacular win! I will hope to actually watch the next one!

1 comment:

J-Bo said...

Van, last game opened my eyes...

1st unit: Conley-Henry-Gay-Arthur-Gasol...

2nd unit: Vasquez-Mayo-Young-Z-Bo-Thabeet...

end of each quarter: Conley-Mayo-Gay-Z-Bo-Gasol...

;)