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Jan 8, 2013

Twenty-Two

Twenty-two means a couple things to the Grizzlies. Right now the Grizzlies have twenty-two wins after 1 week of January. It's also the jersey number of a guy named Rudy Gay. In Rudy's first 2 seasons with the Grizzlies he saw 3 different coaches. Both seasons ended with twenty-two wins.

In 2007 they finished 30th in the NBA in attendance. In 2008 they finished 29th. It also marked the departure of franchise leader, Pau Gasol. A new era was just starting to take root.

After 2 consecutive playoff runs in 2011 and 2012, the Grizzlies of 2013 sit atop a pace for their best record in franchise history. Despite the great early success, the rumor mill is churning about another franchise leader heading out the door. A lot of good can come by a change of scenery for both parties. I just hope that if Rudy ever does leave the Grizz that his legacy takes him further and the Grizzlies are stronger for it. We've seen a lot of guys from the first playoff runs prior to 2007 (2004, 2005, and 2006) end up with rings: Battier, Posey, Miller, Cardinal, Jason Williams, and of course 2x champion Pau Gasol.

For Rudy to stay in Memphis the time has to be now. I hear them say before, "why not us?" The debate is always on the Knicks, Heat, Celtics, Clippers, Thunder, Spurs. Why not the Grizzlies? Why not Rudy Gay? Twenty-two symbolizes something special. For me, today, it's remembering how far this team has come. It's been a long wait for this kind of team. Now let's see how far they can go this year!

Go Grizz!

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