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Sep 29, 2011

Grizzlies' #NBARank - Part 4

Grizzlies 2011 Roster rankings



From the ESPN.com/NBA website:
ESPN.com and the TrueHoop Network are ranking every NBA player -- and counting them down on Twitter (@NBAonESPN), from No. 500 to No. 1. As the rankings are announced, you can also find them here on the pages of ESPN.com.

Continuing with part 4. Now this is the final 100. These are the fantasy players and starters on quality teams finally. Yet we haven't gotten to a single Memphis Grizzlies starter! Will it be Mike Conley or Tony Allen first?

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98
Shane battier SF | Age: 33 | 5.66


93
O.J. Mayo SG | Age: 23| 5.68


Shane likely won't be back on the Grizzlies roster this year if we have a season. Don't expect O.J. to get traded for nothing either. We're more likely to bring in a cheap big man than to trade O.J. in a fire sale because right now he's still underrated. The man is poised to be a star in this league still and he will be. For now he's what we wanted out of Allen Iverson and what Mike Miller used to do when he was 6th man of the Year with the Hubie Grizz.

Sep 22, 2011

RUDY IS BACK



EVERYONE SCREAMIN, "RUDY'S BACK YALL"





It's been fun watching the amateur/hoopmix/AND1 tournament style matchups with Josh Selby absolutely killing it and making a name for himself and the Grizzlies' future. Now OJ Mayo is showing up with Rudy Gay and Tony Allen in Las Vegas impact league.

Never has the Internet been such a vital tool, for NBA geeks, as the Lockout has forced all regular corporate sponsored channels shut-down for the hiatus. 20 years ago we'd simply be watching other sports in the mean time, but now we have all the tools at our fingertips to watch like giddy school children in the local YMCA as the best of the best throw up off the backboard alleyoops to themselves and half-court 360 alley-oops at the buzzer. People will say about the lockout, "remember when Durant scored like 100 points at Rucker Park?!?" instead of, "remember how that lockout in 2011 sucked and all we could do was watch college football?"




In other news - Marc Gasol and Pau Gasol are repeat EuroBasket champions for the first time in some decades. Pau Gasol had said recently on twitter how it's now been 10 years ago since he came to the Grizzlies as a rookie. I can't believe it because I too came from Barcelona 10 years ago, except I was there for only 10 weeks on a study abroad program, to return to Memphis and Atlanta to wrap up my last semester of college. Personal Diatribe: With 9 years under my belt in the work force with my "High Honor's" degree, I have found it incredibly hard to stay positive at times and achieve the "American Dream".




Enough about me though right? Well, things haven't changed that much for either the NBA players or myself. The economy is in real bad shape as it was when I graduated from school during the September 11 aftermath and the "Tech Bubble" burst. Now we've had the housing bubble and the economic system meltdown which has no doubt intensified the severity of this NBA lockout. Despite increased revenue they are fighting tooth and nail for the division of the pie, which undoubtedly will grow slower as a result.

The theme I will leave with is that despite all the adversities and setbacks that we face throughout life at all times, if you do continue to persevere, things usually do work out. Any other action is only going to worsen the circumstances, so keep up the good fight, and let's get on with the show!

Sep 12, 2011

Grizzlies' #NBARank - Part 3

Grizzlies 2011 Roster rankings



From the ESPN.com/NBA website:
ESPN.com and the TrueHoop Network are ranking every NBA player -- and counting them down on Twitter (@NBAonESPN), from No. 500 to No. 1. As the rankings are announced, you can also find them here on the pages of ESPN.com.

Continuing with part 3 as we finally see some starters and quality bench players.

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224

Sam Young SF | Age: 26 | 4.16



135

Darrell Arthur PF/C | Age: 23 | 5.03