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Dec 13, 2012

Back to Basics

2 Game losing streak after starting first month of the season with only 2 loses… it sucks. The team has to pull it back together though. They're not playing to their strengths and they're losing their fundamentals: DEFENSE! In the Overtime game last week against Phoenix at home, I had one thing to say: GET RUDY MORE LOOKS. Rudy has to play superstar for Grizzlies to win the Championship + Zach has to play Allstar + Gasol + Conley + everything else has to be perfectly in tune for that number one team to emerge in Memphis.

Right now it's a little soft. Right now we're playing passive. Right now the ZOO CREW (the Grizzlies bench) is playing to maintain a lead, not to build leads. That ain't gonna fly. We got the current reigning 2x Western Conference Coach of the Month at the helm. We'll right this ship!



Mike Bibby

Don't do it!

Bibby steeply declined a while ago. Plus it's a matter of principles. I remember an interview with Bibby some years ago where they asked him about playing for the Grizzlies and he said something like "Memphis who?". He's a punk. We traded for the better player 11 years ago with Jason Williams. Why go back now? On my list of players I never want to see back in a Grizzlies uniform Bibby is right up there.

Here is a brief list of players I rather see brought in: Marko Jaric, Dan Dickau, Will Conroy, Darius Washington, TJ Ford, Marcus Wiliams, Acie Law, Ish Smith, Flip Murray, Armon Johnson, Sergio Llull, Zoran Dragic. Actually the last couple there on the list I would give serious consideration as prospects.

But I know this team will persevere. There are going to be up and downs. I expect a jam session this Friday. I expect a tremendous dog fight. This is one Grizzlies team that never lays down. They'll be back in full force. I think you look at every team and every sport and you see every one that is successful is constantly seeking to improve. Yes, everyone has their ceiling. But a team can always improve. Regardless where everyone is at individually. They have to keep getting better all year. And then a battle starts. When the battle is at your doorstep you plow through. You win or lose, but you play the game. You live for this moment of conflict. To know how it ends would ruin the fun. Let's see what happens folks!!!!
Go Grizz!

Nov 21, 2012

THANKFUL

  1. Zach randolph gives thanksgiving turkeys - this is the man right here.
  2. ZBO on the Chris Vernon Show - awesome interview with Zach on the Vernon Show.
  3. The Life of Zach Randolph- terrific article about the career and roots of ZBO.
The Word on Marc Gasol:
Tuesday's Bullets By Henry Abbott

Anyone who happened to see the Nuggets beat the Grizzlies last night ... I'd like to read 15,000 words on all the things Marc Gasol did of interest in just this one game. He's right there with Chris Paul in terms of "players whose chess-like thinking is visually evident." There were about eight different moments where he did things that were some combination of strategic, deceptive, dirty or brilliant. Was very hard to know if I wanted to cheer for those things or not (one of his less successful moves: trying to decapitate Danilo Gallinari with a "post move") but without any doubt, he'd be a guy I'd want to play with instead of against. Also amazing about him: He's out-quicking people even though he's seven-feet tall and not as skinny as he could be.

I am so thankful the Grizzlies are off to the best start of their career(s). I am thankful to all the coaches, players, and bosses for putting the team together. Going forward we have exciting new young ownership to go along with the local investors. Things can't look much better for the Grizzlies right now.

Power Rankings: Grizzlies new No. 1

By Marc Stein ESPN.com Monday, November 19

We haven't seen a team mow through three straight opponents sporting winning percentages of .750 or better, as the Memphis Grizzlies just did, since the opening month of the 2000-01 season.

Unbeaten in November. Fifteen straight wins at home dating to last season. Victories over the Heat (home), Thunder (road) and Knicks (home) in succession to put the Q in quality win. Trailing only the Knicks (+10.5) and Clippers (+9.3) in per-game point margin (+9.0). Any questions?

Already touched on ZBo + Gasol. Know why they are important. Here is the rest:

I am thankful for Rudy Gay - he is playing as the star player we always thought he was, but within the system of a great team. That is pretty rare actually.

I am thankful for Tony Allen - he is still the guy that came in and turned this team from a bunch of misfits into the highest turnover rate team in the league... again.

I am thankful for Mike Conley - his contract was initially denounced by all basketball "experts" as another foolish move by the Grizzlies. Link. But he has proved them all wrong. Now they say he may be underpaid. Now myriad teams would kill to have Conley right now.

thankful that they put these guys together with a plan.

thankful that Mayo found a home in Dallas and made way for the Zoo Crew: Speights, ellington, Bayless, and q pondexter have been terrific off the bench. Against okc they alone made up the difference in the score in the first half to help us push past them for the double-digit win.

But keep it in perspective. we got a lot more to be thankful about than just sports. enjoy the holidays and everybody love everybody.

Go Grizz!

Nov 14, 2012

The Team to Beat

2 weeks into the season and you got the Grizzlies ranked #2 behind undefeated New York Knicks. I don't think anyone seriously expects a Knicks versus Memphis NBA Finals in June, but this is a great start for the bears.

Then they announced the NBA Allstar Ballots. All 5 starters for Memphis are on there. Of course there's tons of other bums on there from other teams that aren't starters, and no one is going to vote Tony Allen to the game, but it's a great gesture. That's how deep we are. I think you should see two Memphis players make the team this year.

Of course this week is going to be a real test. Oklahoma tonight on the road. Undefeated New York at home on Friday night. Both games will be nationally televised on ESPN, so get with it.

Go Grizz!

Nov 12, 2012

Veteran's Day Massacre: Miami Heat

  • ESPN: Heat Get Jabbed - Large punch of bear claw to the crotch region of the Heat team. No counter-attack available; TKO.
    Behind the back like YMCA style, then finish is "wah wah what!!"
    This shot was taken all the way from Dunkyland: Caught the Grizzlies NBA TV game on Friday night which was a spirited contest against upstart division rivals Houston Rockets. Griz slammed the door on them. Then we had this treat against Miami. Rudy Gay and the Grizzlies have had the Heat many times. This was the best though.
    Heat have blown Griz out at home but this was such a crushing victory. They completely humiliated Shane Battier in his return to Memphis. He used to be King of Memphis, now he can only rely on distant memories after turning his cloak. It was sad but stunning. As a part-time Boston Celtics fan, I also took great pleasure in seeing Ray Allen being completely ineffective in this game too. This Grizzlies team is for real and sitting at the top of the league right now. The word for the day is: schadenfreude.
    Go Grizz!
  • Nov 6, 2012

    Grizzlies Win Home Opener!

  • Grizzlies 103 - Jazz 94

    Nice way to start the season opener in front of the home crowd, the new ownership committee, and Commissioner David Stern!

    I had believed we win this game as long as we dominate the paint, hold Hayward and Williams (both of them) in check, and especially if someone like Quincy Pondexter emerges off the bench. All of the above happened. Even with a horrendous shooting night from Rudy Gay, Grizzlies were able to pound it home in the final quarter for a resounding win.

    Here are the notes from 2010 NBA draft on Gordon Hayward, 9th pick of the draft
    Versatile swingman can score, pass and rebound..
    And here is for 26th pick, Quincy Pondexter:
    Top tier athlete with great quickness and leaping ability.

    I only point this out because with half the shots taken and half the minutes Pondexter outplayed both Hayward, Marvin Williams (a former #2 pick), AND Rudy Gay. His bench energy was awesome, and he hit some corner pocket threes, which, as he gains momentum connecting on those shots, Grizzlies fans must be starting to adore.

    The recipe for success on this team begins with Gasol and ZBO having MONSTER GAMES like they had tonight against 4 other very strong big men: Al Jefferson, Derrick Favors, Paul Millsap, and Enes Kanter. Then after you factor that in you have to counter whatever the other team is bringing. Tonight it was done with combinations of pesky defense by Tony Allen, Mike Conley, Rudy Gay, and Quincy all out on the perimeter and then guys just stealing rebounds, swatting away errant passes, and out-muscling, out-hustling the Jazz mano-y-mano down the stretch.

    changing of the guard...
    Go Grizz!
  • Nov 5, 2012

    Grizzlies New Ownership & Opening Night

  • New Grizzlies ownership introduction - click on this link to go see the press conference of introduction of the new Grizzlies owner and CEO. The video is here.
    couple things I liked to hear:
    1. Want FedEx Forum to be most technically advanced NBA arena.
    2. Want to bring his Ubiquiti company to Memphis and integrate it with Memphis schools.
    3. Pera quit Apple because he was a low-level intro engineer and not able to reach his full potential, so started his own company. Wants to create wealth and success for the city.
    4. Immediately wanted to extend the Grizzlies lease in Memphis to prove to locals they are committed to our community. This is also proven by the members of the ownership group - many local legends!
    5. No "small market" team mentality.
    6. Make the team more exciting and "marketable". This could be potentially dangerous if you sacrifice talent for "pizazz" but sounds like they want to win and thrill together. Not the same ole', same ole'.
    7. Really wants to help impact Memphis positively - from what he says - sounds like it aligns with his career goals.
    8. Said Memphis Fans will see him dunk.
    Go Grizz!
  • Oct 3, 2012

    2012 ESPN Player Rankings - GASOL

    Grizzlies 2012 Roster rankings: Top dawg



    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.

    NBA player rankings 20s


    Gasol comes in right behind the former NBA Champion and 2011-2012 Defensive Player of the Year, Marcus Camby. Wait I mean Tyson Chandler. I get them confused every time!! It's kind of baffling that his brother Pau came up so much higher on the rankings and that Dwight Howard is in the top5 when we shall surely see Marc outplay him in the same conference this year, but that's just how the media works. Kyrie Irving was by far the best rookie this past season but is that enough to crown him an Allstar already? I saw him play in person and he reminded me of a young Chris Paul out there, playing head and shoulders above the rest of his inept teammates, but I'm not ready to just put him ahead of other career Allstars just yet... ESPN voters were though. Also Kevin Garnett played his butt of last season and it was vintage performance night after night. I'm a huge fan of his but it also hurts to see him ahead of Marc Gasol too. Hopefully this season will show where the Grizzlies top dawgs are still moderately underrated when it comes to public opinion polls like this.

  • Grizz are Contenders!
    24

    Marc Gasol C | Age: 27 | 7.81


    Also let's face it, the center is a lost art in the world of basketball this year. Miami won the entire NBA Championship without Shaq, Alonzo Mourning, or Jamaal Magliore. They did it without any center at all! Then Team USA took gold at Londo without a center on the roster... Amazing but true. So having Marc up here at the top just shows that it's kind of a dying postiion in basketball right now. For my money though I wouldn't go to battle without a guy like Marc to enforce the paint ( help pad superstars' stats as the refs give them a free ride to the free throw line - but enough of that). Eventually the cream will rise to the top and teams like LA Lakers, Thunder, and Grizzlies should be the only real contenders this year with their elite BIG MEN. Let's go Grizz!

    Other Memphis notables in the 1-30s: Pau Gasol, Derrick Rose.

    Go Grizz!
    Go Grizz!
  • Sep 20, 2012

    2012 ESPN Player Rankings - Letdown Edition

    Grizzlies 2012 Roster rankings: Suicide Watch



    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.

    NBA player rankings 30s


    The top comment on ESPN's page taken from the twitter-world says, "Rudy Gay when healthy can be a top 20 player, let's see if he can last a whole season." The person who said this is ignorant but what's worse is the curators at ESPN NBA repeated it to their global audience. Rudy Gay only missed a single game last season and played 40 minutes a game in the playoffs. He followed up a potentially career-ending injury with leading a franchise best record team into the playoffs again with the first ever home-court advantage in the playoffs, and keeping his career averages the same even whilst "rehabbing".

    There's no "let's see.." anymore with Rudy Gay. Rudy Gay is here and you better get with the program. You better respect the Grizzlies. We're coming for you!!!!!!!

    34

    Zach Randolph PF | Age: 31 | 7.26


    32

    Rudy Gay SF | Age: 26| 7.33


    Now I can understand why ZBO slid on these rankings. Following his injury on New Year's Day, he came off the bench before assuming his starting role in the post-season. He never was the Allstar ZBO last year, and the Grizzlies had to change their whole unit on the fly to make up for that. Still when the chips fall I would rather have ZBO on my team then a lot of the guys I guarantee we will see in the top 30 on these rankings that are undeserving of that distinction. But let's just wait and see.

    This is all fun and games but the real Zach Randolph is going to come with the ruckus in October. Grizzball!

    Other Memphis notables in the 31-60: Kyle Lowry (51).

    Go Grizz!

    Sep 17, 2012

    2012 ESPN Player Rankings - Starting Guards

    Grizzlies 2012 Roster rankings: Our Starting Guards



    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.

    NBA player rankings 70s


    The Grizzlies finally show they have the best all-around starting five in all of the NBA as their first two starters appear in the top 8% of these rankings. Imagine you get to select from the top 8 players of each group of 100 NBA players in a fantasy draft for all 5 positions of your team. That should definitely be a winning team.

    66

    Tony Allen SG | Age: 30 | 6.26


    65

    Mike Conley, Jr. PG | Age: 24 | 6.27


    Tony Allen is top5 defense in the NBA but his offense numbers bring him all the way down to sixty-six. The best you can say about Tony's scoring is that it is slightly above NBA average. The funny thing about Tony is that he actually was much more ball-hawking and disruptive on critical moments of the game in the previous season. Still the Grizzlies led the NBA in defense last year so both Conley and Allen get major credit for defense.

    The thing that's scary about Mike Conley is that he's still on the upside of his career and already knows how to be an elite passer and the number two defensive point guard behind only Chris Paul last season.

    Other Memphis notables in the 61-70: Tyreke Evans.

    Sep 14, 2012

    2012 ESPN Player Rankings - OJ MAYO

    Grizzlies 2012 Roster rankings: OJ



    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.

    NBA player rankings 70s


    90

    Ovinton J'Anthony Mayo G | Age: 24 | 5.60


    Mayo has been a great citizen in Nation of Grizzlam. He went from runner-up Rookie of the Year to an after-thought of the 6th Man of the Year race. Last year we auditioned two rookie point guards and a washed up vet (pargo, selby, and arenas) for the backup PG role after tossing aside former Bob Cousy award winner Greivis Vasquez and Jeff Teague's protogé Ish Smith. This left the ball in OJ's hands for the 7 game sludge fest against an undermanned, overhyped, upstart Clippers team. Mayo dropped the ball... However, he's always risen to the task given to him by the Grizzlies and few pro athletes can be that flexible.

    Despite this post-season failure, Mayo still has buckets of potential waiting to be spilled in Dallas this year. And for that his ranking moved up 3 spots this year. Not for what he's achieved in Memphis, but for the starting role that his ability and talent and hard work has given him with the Mavericks, which possibly could result in 20ppg this year and All-Star considerations.

    Furthermore, I can't believe we're in the 60s and haven't seen Tony Allen yet!

    Other Memphis notables in the 80-99: Thaddeus Young.

    Sep 12, 2012

    2012 ESPN Player Rankings - Part 4

    Grizzlies 2012 Roster rankings: 100-199



    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.

    NBA player rankings 101-200



    Outside of the top100 and inside of the 200 best, we have the real bonafide bench guys. 30 NBA teams * 5 starters per team = 150. To be around the top 150 of NBA is to be a potential starter (especially considering the best teams have 8-10 good players that could start elsewhere). So a few notable Grizzlies backups will make their appearance below.

    197

    Jerryd Bayless PG | Age: 24 | 4.38


    195

    Marreese Speights PF | Age: 25 | 4.38


    168

    Darrell Arthur PF | Age: 24 | 4.63


    Bayless wants to be a star in this league and has started for several lottery teams. If he helps Memphis reach the WCF or NBA Finals he will get that star status and again command his own squad someday. Speights had been an afterthought in Philadelphia but has stepped into a starting position with Memphis to supplant Zach Randolph while he was recovering from a nearly season-ending knee injury on New Year's Day. He and King Darrell Arthur provide a very powerful backup to the best front court tandem in the NBA.

    Other Memphis notables in the 100s: Shane Battier, Ronnie Brewer.

    Sep 11, 2012

    2012 ESPN Player Rankings - Part 3

    Grizzlies 2012 Roster rankings: 200-299



    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.

    NBA player rankings 201-300



    Now the rookies and end-of-bench guys are out of the way, we get into the middle of the road, mediocre players. Guess what? Grizzlies don't have many of these. Almost none!

    298

    Dante Cunningham F | Age: 25 | 3.33


    275

    Sam Young SF | Age: 27 | 3.55


    224

    Greivis Vasquez PG | Age: 25 | 4.08


    All these cats are gone as you see. QPon, Speights, and Wayne Ellington replace them. Quincy Pondexter (#359) is severely underrated on here but it does look like NOLA ripped us off here on the Vasquez (#224) for QPon swap. Ellington at 344 looks like a big downgrade from Cunningham at 298, but this move was for need. Wayne Ellington has a chance to make his name now and knock down a lot of shots hopefully that O.J. Mayo sometimes made and often missed.

    Other Memphis notables in the 200s: Mike Miller, Hakim Warrick, Drew Gooden, Brandan Wright, Quentin Richardson (traded for Darko then for ZBO).

    Aug 25, 2012

    2012 ESPN Player Rankings - Part2

    Grizzlies 2012 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.

    NBA player rankings 301-400



    The fun starts here. We have a lot of scrubs in the bottom of this pile. The question is whether a player is underrated here or is an up-and-coming. I think two guys are really underrated which are Quincy Pondexter and Hamed Haddadi. Grizzlies fans also have to be rooting for career arc for Josh Selby, Wayne Ellington, and development of Tony Wroten Jr.


    379

    Tony Wroten Jr. G | Age: 19 | 2.73


    359

    Quincy Pondexter SF | Age: 24 | 2.85


    344

    Wayne Ellington SG | Age: 24 | 2.93


    328

    Xavier Henry SG | Age: 21 | 3.08


    320

    Gilbert Arenas SG | Age: 30 | 3.15


    315

    Josh Selby PG | Age: 21 | 3.21


    314

    Hamed Haddadi C | Age: 27 | 3.21


    Other Memphis notables in the 300s: Dhantay Jones, Arnett Moultrie, Jason Collins, Kwame Brown, Earl Watson, Jamaal Tinsley, Darko Millliminutes, DeMarre Carroll.

    Aug 24, 2012

    2012 ESPN Player Rankings - Part1

    Grizzlies 2012 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.

    I had so much fun tracking this last year amidst the lockout. They appear to have relaxed their rules this year by allowing retired, and non-NBA players into the rankings. This certainly lowers the credibility of these rankings quite a lot, but it should be fun to check them out nonetheless.

    NBA player rankings 401-500



    Here I will recount each player that was on the Grizzlies roster last season or this upcoming season only. This means we don't feature guys like Thabeet, Shane Battier, and Ish Smith. I've heard that D.J. Kennedy is supposed to be released. However he shows up on grizzlies.com/roster so we keep him on here for now.


    493

    D.J. Kennedy SG | Age: 22 | 1.62


    468

    Lester Hudson SG | Age: 28 | 1.97


    413

    Jeremy Pargo PG | Age: 26 | 2.49


    Other Memphis notables in the 400s: Brian Cardinal, Thabeet, Ish Smith, Will Barton, Eltiot Williams, Shawne Williams.

    Aug 23, 2012

    Spent 15 Years Gettin' Loaded

    Now what is Bob gonna do? He's going Grizz!

    Local investors join prospective Grizzlies owner Robert Pera's bid » The Commercial Appeal

    This is great – we're on the right track with this owner and bringing in local investors. The 15 year commitment to Memphis is golden! The future looks bright and the future is secured! The team is rebuilt and ready to rock.







  • Go Grizz!

  • Jul 23, 2012

    Allstar: Josh Selby

  • NBA SUMMER LEAGUE 2012 Allstars – Josh Selby was named Co-MVP of the Vegas Summer League! He shot lights out!
    Let’s stop right here and contemplate that the second-year player out of Kansas has hit 19 of 26 from long range in the first three games. Grab your calculators, punch in the numbers and prepare to be amazed. You’ll see 0.73076923 on the screen. That kind of brilliance demands eight decimal places. There are a fair number of guys who don’t shoot 73% from the free throw line, let alone 24 feet from the basket. And yes, I know that it is Summer League, but how many guys could hit 73% from deep in an empty gym?
    Pete's Perspective

    Could this bet he future O.J. Mayo 2.0 with similar escalation we saw in the notorious Gasol 2.0? Will Selby make the same quantum leap we saw from Pau to Marc in replacing the 3rd pick of the 2008 NBA draft, the Juice Man? Anyway we gotta lot of weapons coming into this season. Beware to the rest of the West Conference.

    Grizz Girls auditions for 2012

    BONUS: Grizz Girls seem to be getting utmost quality auditioning this year. I mean their dance moves; assuredly I'm not making any vain statements based solely on their physical appearance in this photo:

    Go Grizz!
  • Jul 16, 2012

    Summer League of Their Own

  • Game 1 over NYK
  • Coach Hollins
  • Tony Wroten, Jr.
  • Dating Grizzlies
    Go Grizz!
  • Jul 13, 2012

    Welcome Mr. Jerryd Bayless!

    With only the money freed up from the rookie-scale contract of O.J. Mayo to play with, the Grizzlies had to ink up their new first round draft pick, Tony Wroten, Jr. and find a replacement in the backcourt. It's unlikely Gilbert Arenas or Lester Hudson will return to the team also. Since Greivis Vasquez was dealt to New Orleans for Quincy Pondexter for relief of Zach Randolph's absence, the Grizzlies struggled to find a solid backup point guard behind Mike Conley. Jerryd Bayless will surely take this role from the hands of Jeremy Pargo and Josh Selby. Meanwhile those 2, along with Droten, may compete for remaining minutes in the backcourt with Tony Allen's starting role all but guaranteed.

    If you watched much of the Grizzlies since they assembled the ferocious front court of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, mixed with the unstoppable dynamics of Rudy Gay on every other space of the floor, then you know our starting lineup is as solid as any in the NBA. The bench has been tweaked greatly throughout the last couple seasons though. Jerryd Bayless hopefully provides some high-octane punch for our bench that O.J. Mayo usually provided, but also is a more traditional ball handler that can run the offense truly when Mike Conley comes out. Marreese Speights, Darrell Arthur, Hamed Haddadi, and Quincy Pondexter all have no problem scoring as long as there is a flow to the offense. But when teams clog the inside and double ZBO + Gasol nightly, there has to be a threat from outside and there has to be another floor general that can be relied upon in close games to keep the pace and seal the deal.

    Jerryd Bayless could definitely provide these services this year. Hopefully he embraces the 6th man role and looks at this as his opportunity to take his career a step higher with some deep title-contending playoff runs by the Memphis Grizzlies this season and next.

    Grizzlies sign Jerryd Bayless

    MEMPHIS, TN July 13, 2012 – The Memphis Grizzlies signed guard Jerryd Bayless to a multi-year contract, Grizzlies General Manger and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced. "We are pleased to add Jerryd Bayless to our team,” Wallace said. “He is a rapidly-improving young player who is coming off his best season in the NBA. Jerryd will address two areas of need: three-point shooting and backup point guard play. He is a very hard-working player whose best days as a professional are ahead of him." Bayless (6-3, 200) established new career highs in scoring (11.4 points), assists (3.8), steals (0.77) and minutes (22.7) in 31 games (11 starts) last season with the Toronto Raptors. The 23-year-old also set personal bests for field goal percentage (.424), three-point field goal percentage (.423) and free throw percentage (.852).
    Go Grizz!

    May 17, 2012

    2011-2012 Season End, Transactions

    So long to the season that almost was epic. When ZBO went down on New Year's Day and we lost by about 40 to the awesome Chicago Bulls, I knew we were in for a rough year. The question of whether Rudy Gay could fit in with the new Playoff Grizzlies remained. But Marc Gasol was an Allstar and they had quite a run. They just came up short in the first round.

    Think of all the ways the Grizzlies could have escaped with the win. Rudy had 2 final second shots miss in losses in games 1 and 3. In the overtime period of game 4 they could have continued playing defense and maybe won. In game 7 they could have pulled their heads out of their asses, but alas, it takes two to tango. The Clippers were the better team because they won 4 games out of 7 and 7 out of 11 against us in the entire season.
    GONE FISHING
    CHEERS
    CHEERS

    2011-2012 NBA Transactions

    I did this a few years ago and ran it again for this season. I graph the number of games each team was behind from the leader of each division (West and East), on the X-axis, with the number of player transactions each team made during the season, on the Y-axis. I believe it confirms three well-known facts:
    1. bad , lottery teams make a lot of desperate roster moves to improve,
    2. ELITE, contending teams make a lot of ancillary moves to shore up their roster to compete for a title run,
    3. playoff, non-elite, non-contending teams just do enough to get by
    This shortened lock-out season was much different from the last time I did this. For one thing, the Bobcats are a total flier. They did nothing to improve hardly and just kind of threw in the towel. Another unexpected trend is that the top-tier teams didn't really modify their roster much. The only exception were the Chicago Bulls, who were really gunning for the title this year… until DRose went down.

    This is the raw data. You will notice the standard deviation of number of transactions for the East is much higher than the West. I'd conjecture this is because the West was far more dominant this year

    The big panic teams this year were NYK, NJN, and GSW. Golden State was under pressure with first year coach Mark Jackson and their promise to be in the playoffs this year after a 4 or 5 year rebuilding period has resulted in little to nothing. Their largest move came mid-season sending away franchise star, Monta Ellis in an "addition by subtraction" trade where they received nothing back and then flipped it for more nothing (Stephen Jackson flipped to San Antonio for Richard Jefferson). New York Knicks are the usual train wreck and the New Jersey Nets aren't even worth discussing, since they really are just a farm team at this point (a constant rotating door for NBA D-League auditions). Normally the Bobcats would be on this list but they simply rolled over and died, setting the all-time worst win-record in NBA history.

    In conclusion, a lot of this season was just a holding pattern for teams in the middle of the pack to see what they had and let their youngsters grow. I see this above with Utah, Minny, Milwaukee, Detroit, and Houston. Next season it's back to business and should see a flurry of activity with the new CBA in place and the amnesties in effect. Last but not least, the Grizzlies prove again to stay right in the middle of the pack here with 8 transactions made. Both years I did this (2009-2010 and 2011-2012) they have been right around the mean on this stat, which corresponds to their "mid-level" status as a half-decent team capable of sneaking into the playoffs.

    Go Grizz!

    May 13, 2012

    In the Grizz Den, Drei

    Can't get toooooo overconfident here for this pivotal Game 7, but everyone had expected the Clippers to close out Game 6 at home until the Grizzlies blew them out at their home in Game 5. Now it's still expected to be a win. Yet you have to respect what the Clippers have done and could do again. They too have made miraculous come-backs behind their lethal weaponry.

    Drei

    This is for the 3rd straight victory over LA Clippers. The hard part isn't over. But Grizzlies have set the tone now and have the foundation. Today they just have to go out there and ride the emotional wave that coming back down from 3-1 provides. That means riding the plays and the intensity levels that got them here.

    Definitely the fans will be doing their part. Let's keep this train rolling #GrizzNation!

    Go Grizz!