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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!
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