Mike Conley: The $153 Million Gamble That Failed

There’s a French proverb that says gambling is the son of avarice and the father of despair. Meaning that gamblers are either greedy or crying. The Memphis Grizzlies are less the former and more the latter. They signed Mike Conley to what was at the time the richest deal in NBA history, $153 million. In…

The Tanking 8 Hoping For the Dream

Despite Adam Silver’s empty threat to punish teams tanking for a top-3 lottery pick, teams are still tanking and there is nothing Adam Silver can do. It’s easy. Just put a lineup on the court that is overmatched and overhelmed. Rest key players with knee or groin tightness and then watch your team lose. Of…

Save the Season? The Grizzlies Can’t Save Themselves

Only one team in the West is worse than the Memphis Grizzlies. The Dallas Mavericks are keeping the Grizzlies from being in the West cellar.  But Chris Wallace, the Grizzlies GM, is blind to binary calculations, or he’s living in fantasy land, or he’s not paying attention. Wallace, laughingly said after he fired David Fitzdale,…

Grit and Grind: Bye

The changing of the guard during the offseason, from old veterans to young prospects, led many to believe that the end of the Memphis Grizzlies Grit ‘N Grind era was here. At their peak, the Grizzlies were a team who would stop the heavyweights by slowing down the pace of the game to a snail’s…

L.A. Problems For Zach Randolph

Zach Randolph was arrested on felony marijuana possession with intent to sell. The arrest was at the end of a brouhaha that led to police cars being damaged. Two guns were also confiscated and two cars were impounded. Randolph was arrested at 11:00 p.m. and released Thursday morning.  His bail was set at $20,000. He…

Building Around Mike Conley Starts Now

2016-17 Grizzlies Weaknesses: 30th: Field Goal Percentage, 2-Point Percentage. 29th: Points Scored. 28th: Pace, Small Forward Points. 27th: Defensive Rebounding, Starters Points,Fast Break Points. 26th: Non-Paint Points. 25th: Shooting Guard Points. 24th: Total Rebounding. 22nd: Blocks 21st: Assists 2016-17 Grizzlies Strengths:: 2nd: Field Goal Percentage (Defense). 3rd: Opponent Points. 7th: 2-Point Percentage (Defense), Center Scoring. 10th: Offensive Rebounding, Points in the Paint, 3-Point Percentage (Defense)  7th: Defensive Rating. This is a new era in Memphis Grizzlies basketball.…

Derek Fisher and the Clippers Ruined Matt Barnes Year

The entertainment value of social media gets a boost whenever Matt Barnes feels like venting about whatever Matt Barnes feels like venting about. Absent a filter, Barnes just lays it on the line and it’s neither good nor bad, right or wrong, all these emotions spiraling out his brain into characters on Instagram. In this…

Mario Chalmers to Grizzlies Will Not Save Them

Adrian Wojnarowksi of Yahoo Sports is reporting on a finalized deal to send Mario Chalmers (Miami) to Memphis for Beno Udrih. It is remarkable what the Memphis Grizzlies have pulled off these last few years as they tried to be the outlier. They won 56 games in 2012-13 and went to the Western Conference Finals, losing…