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…

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…

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.…

They Rejected the Lakers, But What If…?

Before the Lakers could even start free agency, the phone rang with a bunch of no thank-you’s, we are not interested. The players the Lakers had their eye on, who they wanted to bring in to fill the Kobe Bryant (Mamba) hole were DeMar DeRozan, the local kid, Mike Conley, the tough defensive point guard,…

Mike Conley, Everyone is Watching

During the recent NBA draft, ESPN analyst Jay Williams was presenting a segment on the difficulty  defending the great point guards of the league. Stephen Curry, the two-time reigning MVP, was left off an infographic entitled ‘Elite Point Guards’. The graphic contained Chris Paul, Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook, John Wall, Damian Lillard, Kyle Lowry, Isaiah…

The Season: Memphis Grizzlies

New Faces: Andrew Harrison (R), Jarrell Martin (R), Alex Stepheson (R), Matt Barnes, Brandan Wright, Ryan Hollins 2014-15 Regular Season Record: 55-27 2014-15 Regular Season Achievements: 2nd: Points (Defense). 3rd: Defensive Rating. 6th: Steals.  7th: Offensive Rating, Free Throw Percentage. 9th: Field Goal Percentage. 10th: 2-Point Percentage (Defense), Field Goal Percentage (Defense). Leading Scorer: Marc Gasol,…