The Truth is OUT

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  1. Bottom line is, we don't have a true starter at the 4. Best case scenario is that Parsons comes back to form enough that he's playing extended (but probably not FT) minutes at the 4. I remember that being part of the plan that was being bandied about when he first got here. It's a little easier to talk about him getting some of JAM's minutes vs. some of Z-bo's. I would be most intrigued to see them slide Gasol to the 4 a bit - especially against big lineups - and play him next to Davis at Center. I am still crossing my fingers that Davis is going to turn into starter-quality material. I hope he makes big strides this year. With Gasol shooting so many 3's now, this might also make matchup sense, particularly when we go against big lineups.
  2. Melo Traded to the Thunder, huh?

    I can't imagine the Knicks fans are too impressed with the haul they got for Anthony.
  3. Troy Daniels traded to Phoenix

    And I guess that's my real problem here. I have learned not to get too attached to deep bench players. But I have a pretty good feeling that most other teams would have at least turned this into something asset positive, not just dump salary. Any time we do something like this I picture a league full of GMs trading stories like used car salesmen about that time they sold the Grizzlies on the 5-year extended warranty.
  4. Troy Daniels traded to Phoenix

    Wait - we didn't trade Troy Daniels for a 2nd round pick. We traded Troy Daniels and a 2nd round pick for a 2nd round pick. So we basically gave Phoenix Troy Daniels. Although on one level I understand, it's a crowded bench, on the other this really burns my onion. This is the best we could get for this guy? He's under a great contract and all he does is make 3's. You mean we didn't have a spot on our roster for him? Unless we're so financially hard up that replacing his deal with a non-guaranteed contract on our bench was actually necessary. It doesn't matter how you slice it; this was a failure. Not a catastrophic failure, but a failure nevertheless. Is it going to cost us actual wins on the floor? Perhaps not a one. But how many times have we sent someone packing for the next guy, to find out the next guy is a schlub and the guy we sent away is having success in his new situation? Too many to count. So when I see the FIRST deep bench guy we've ever had here who was a threat to come out of nowhere and drop a 20 point night on your head leave after one season, it's very frustrating. Heck some teams have 2 or 3 Troy Daniels. And we can't keep the one we plucked away from another team? I actually thought our team had made - maybe for the first time - a brilliant small move that paid handsome dividends. I guess our Front Office was too uncomfortable with winning a roster move for a change.
  5. The Grindfather Appreciation Thread

    Was actually meaning the Pelicans...
  6. The Grindfather Appreciation Thread

    I guess this year instead of Grit n Grind it's Flap n Crap?
  7. The Grindfather Appreciation Thread

    Ugh. I'm glad he got signed somewhere, but this hurts. I appreciate you, Grindfather. I really do. I hope they find a way to retire you in Memphis. You were part of our greatest era, and you are who gave it its name. You are why our arena has a nickname. You are why people feared to play us. It was a pleasure watching you single-handedly change the tide of games (plural) solely on your defense. I wish you well.
  8. Anybody else low on optimism for this season?

    Until the Grizz actually do have a 30-something win season again, there's no reason to be pessimistic about the upcoming season. We really don't have a clue. Over half the roster is basically the same player; young, hungry, athletic. Then we've got Conley/Gasol, which, love them or hate them, were always going to lead the next iteration once Z-bo and Allen left. The only question ever was, who was going to be around them? I will not compare Conley/Gasol to Penny/Shaq, but I will compare this team to those Orlando teams in this - we have a talented Point Guard combined with a Center who could command a double-team if he were aggressive enough, and he'd have plenty of guys to kick out a 3-ball to. Depending on how they approach the offense, this could be a very entertaining team to watch. Whether or not they have enough overall talent, I don't know. There have been plenty of teams in this league to form a "dynamic duo" and not much else, and be playoff-caliber. The Conley evolution continues. And at least in early photos, we may be seeing Motivated Marc again this season. Realistically, I think it's coin toss whether or not we can make it into the playoffs again. Too many unknowns. But Fizz's first season, he showed me that he's capable of leading this team into the modern era. So now it's just a question of whether or not some of these dice rolls will come up sevens. If we somehow missed the playoffs but found an emerging talent (or two), optimism still found.
  9. Question Grizznation...Why....

    After setting the all time single season record for most players dressed in a season - call it injury PTSD. Every time we see a Grizzly player hurt, we have flashbacks.
  10. The Start of Grit N Grind

    Say it ain't so, Tony! Our identity, the slogan that won't die - all started as a jab? So I guess instead of Grit n' Grind, our slogan should really be "I keeed, I keeed!"
  11. TA sign and trade with Clips?

    Even without it, he's this generation's BB. Nice callback. That guy was one of my fave players ever.
  12. NBA Desperation Meter: Memphis Grizz

    They said the same thing last year. I could see us winning a few less games because we won't have Z-bo to pull our fat out of the fire on occasion. but 34? Naah. But 12th in the west? That could happen with the same record as last year. I can't think of a single WC team that lost ground with their moves this offseason. Except maybe us. Depends on if we have any hidden gems coming in.
  13. JaM Ain't Going Anywhere

    As one who has come to the opinion that Hollins (not so much) and Joerger (definitely) had a style that hindered our full potential (and I emphasize the word full), AND has grown to like Fiz more over the course of this season, I don't know why that has to be hypocritical. Now - I do agree that coaches get more credit and blame in this league than they probably deserve. So I'm not arguing that. But I do see more of a sense of collaboration out of Fizdale, and that's a leadership style I care more for than my way or the highway. There may still actually be Wallace decisions and Fiz decisions, but both of them seem to be more approachable, collaborative and agreeable. When I look at the moves we have and haven't made, I see that. BUT, specific to your earlier question - under the assumption that the decision lies between Wallace and Fiz ONLY, and nobody else influences the decision one way or the other, I guess it makes sense to blame Wallace if the JAM contract gets botched somehow, because he's the GM and it would truly be snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory for us to get in a bad situation with Jam.
  14. Silver: NBA Expansion is Inevitable

    Seattle did nothing to deserve losing a team. They should get one. Las Vegas will continue to be the stick held over teams who want to move. I saw Father Pat say Mexico City earlier, and I agree, that is where I am convinced they would expand were David Stern still the commissioner. He always saw the NBA as a global league, and would push hard for that. Plus, you're talking about one of the most populous cities in the world, there's no way it wouldn't be successful. And I would be for it. The next most populous cities with no competing sports franchises (which had been Stern-era targets) would currently be: Albuquerque, Omaha, Honolulu, Providence, Birmingham, Hartford, Louisville, Virginia Beach, Austin, and Riverside-San Bernadino. Among those, I could see Louisville, Hartford, and Albuquerque being strong candidates, due to their past and current support of college basketball. Of those, probably only Hartford would light up the eyes of the TV bean counters. But it could be anybody. I would dismiss both Kansas City and Pittsburgh, as they barely seem able to support the franchises that currently reside there. The Pirates in particular are often pointed out as being a barely-making-it franchise. Cincinnati supports both the Reds and Bengals well, but are probably incapable of doing that with three teams in town. And if Nashville got an NBA team - well, whoever made that possible, I would go ahead and ask them who shot Kennedy, because they probably know. I think I would just renounce my Memphis heritage at that point, in fear that Nashvillians would be given lawful rights to hunt us all down to extinction. For the record, I'm all for expansion to 32 teams. A league where over half the teams make the playoffs is a bit ridiculous, but that's really just a pet peeve, not a good reason. This league has been built on individuals and dynasties, but the Warriors are a dynasty built on luck and timing, more so than any other NBA dynasty of recent memory. The league will still have dynasties, but not in the completely unbalanced way the Warriors were built and grown. So "dilution" of talent, when you're talking about growing the total league active roster by less than 7%, doesn't really add up. But those fat expansion fees are going to help all teams' bottom lines when they come in. They will probably be in excess of $1B this time around.
  15. NBA Desperation Meter: Memphis Grizz

    I took some unction with this quote, however: What facade? Our "sustained competitiveness" is in the W-L record, our longevity in playoff appearances, and our high percentage of close wins. It matters not what identity we used to make that happen. It happened. It's not like we came up with "Grit n' Grind" and cooked the books. And if one can be meta, non-sequitur, and full circle all at the same time, it reminded me of this Kevin Hart moment on Mike & Mike in the morning.
  16. JaM Ain't Going Anywhere

    Bottom line, nobody should be weeping for Jam. He's still going to get life changing money in comparison to what he was making before. If his agent convinced him he was going to easily get into 8 figures, then Jam will hopefully learn something and move forward, instead of be bitter about not hitting the grand slam. He will only be signing a 3-year, so he needs to think about the future. He can either get another similar deal or he can be on the cusp of being out of the league. It's up to him.
  17. Hello, Dillon Brooks!

    Surely this guy deserves his own thread by now. I have been waiting a long time for us to get a budding star in the 2nd round. That crazy pick that always seems to blow up for the Spurs or somebody. He's still a rookie and he's going to remind us all of that this year, but I'm going on record. This is going to be the lowest draft pick we've ever had to take for himself - and I emphasize the word "take", as in, he will undoubtedly have earned, due to his level of play - a starting role with this team. It may not even happen this season. But certainly by next year. The only thing that would keep him out is politics, if it's between him and Parsons and they do the easy move of playing the higher paid player first. You can call this Summer League fever if you want, but everything about this guy made no sense why we were getting him at 45. This was the Pac-12 Player of the Year. I dare not dream he get to this level, but I remind you of the NFL draft that had what was considered 6 sure-fire pro-bowl QBs of the future in its draft. But the last one to be picked was Dan Marino. There were a lot of Pac-12 players picked ahead of Brooks, yet he was the player of the year in that league. Maybe he has some non-prototypical things about his physique or game, but he is obviously a baller, in a league that had many of them this season. And I'm glad we have him.
  18. JaM Ain't Going Anywhere

    My guess is this plays out with Jam doing a 1-year deal. His best shot at getting bigger money is to stay in the NBA, so him signing a deal overseas is unrealistic in my mind. He'd be betting on himself, but the money just isn't out there this year for him to get a good deal as an RFA.
  19. JaM Ain't Going Anywhere

    No longer being in the area, I am not familiar with Fizdale's use of hyperbole. All I will say is, if he uses hyperbole in basketball terms, he picked the right city to coach in.
  20. Which Guys should be Prioritized to Develop?

    If we're talking about focus, talking about the idea of going "all in" with 3-5 of them, then even though I like several on the list, I'm going with only 2: Selden and Davis. I mean, in reality, we're really talking about who we think should be handed rotation spots at the beginning of the season out of this group. It's not just development; they will be thrown into the fire. And from that perspective, again, they seem the most logical.
  21. Grizzlies Signed Tyreke Evans

    Who are you trying to convince? You asked what I thought would happen, I told you what I thought would happen. I would be completely happy if he were comeback player of the year. I just don't see it happening.
  22. Ben McLemore's Emotional Reaction To Hearing Grizz Signed Him

    This thread, man....only in the movies, and in Memphis, I guess. Welcome aboard, Ben. See what you have to look forward to?
  23. Marc Gasol Summer Body Fat Check

    This thread is like the first time I saw Post-It Notes - why didn't someone think of this before now?
  24. Grizzlies Signed Tyreke Evans

    In all honesty, the scenario I see playing out with Tyreke is he'll be mostly DNP by the first of the year, after he shows that he's playing to salvage his career and nothing else. That's not a judgement on him, that's just the hand he has been dealt, and when I look at his history in the league, "team player" doesn't scream out to me.