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  1. Memphis @ LA Lakers 12/27/2017

    Until the FO can infuse this team with some serious NBA level talent at multiple positions, the best way to compete is G-n-G. Martin has potential and ability, and some skills. Just too inconsistent at this point. Needs more playing time and confidence.
  2. Memphis @ LA Lakers 12/27/2017

    It would give them the semblance of the Double Post structure they had under G-n-G that proved to be effective in hiding and highlighting what Gasol can/can't do. Plus, with the added wing scoring of Reke, now they could score enough to compete wit the elite teams in the west.
  3. Memphis @ LA Lakers 12/27/2017

    If The Grizz could get a consistent 15 and 8 from Jarell Martin, and get Conley back, they have a good 8-10 man rotation that can get them in the playoffs in the west. They are 7 games out as of today. Starters: Conley, Reke, Ennis/Brooks, Martin, Gasol Bench: Kobi, Harrison, Ennis/Brooks (this could change depending on match-ups) Parsons, Davis I like the PnR work of Parsons and Davis on the second unit along with the activity of the Bench Guards. The starting line up could be very dynamic IF Martin gives you consistent scoring and rebounding to complement Conley , Reke and Gasol. But, Martin has proven nothing if not that he is inconsistent.
  4. Memphis @ LA Lakers 12/27/2017

    This! The sad part is that any objective observer/fan of the Grizz understood that any success the team had rested on the dynamic of a "Double Post" game with Gasol and Z-Bo with tough D, not Gasol and Conley lighting people up. Yet, the FO, GM and Fizzdale didn't seem to understand this team's dynamic. What the team needed was a dynamic scoring wing, not to let the valuable assets go without any compensation and calling for players to "step up" that had never shown they could. It wasn't the "Grit-n-Grind" style that was holding the team back, but the lack of dynamic scoring on the wing. Now, a new dynamic needs to be established, and I'm not sure it will before Gasol decides "too little to late" and demand a trade.
  5. Yeah, OK, from what I've seen he's more like a Buddy Heild . A nice NBA player, but not a game changer.
  6. How 'bout a post game?

    How anyone who purported to earn a living coaching and managing in the NBA remotely thought that the Grizz, sans Z-Bo, had anything close to the talent of "the King" and D-Wade shows that I clearly got into the wrong profession. Nothing about the careers of Gasol and Conley spells "scoring load bearers" like LeBron and D-Wade. To go into season planning on just rolling the balls out on Offense with that roster has got to be the most incompetent piece of sports management in the history of the league, if that is indeed what happened. From the looks of how this team is playing this year, it seems like a very plausible scenario.
  7. And that's why Doncic isn't worth a tank. No way he will be able to do anything against other SF's (KD, Greek Freak, the King). Is he better than Hardin, according to You?
  8. I would Stretch parsons to help make room for Reke. the Grizz need Reke's playmaking ability. That is all they had been missing in the G-n-G era was dynamic wing scoring. Don't let that go to keep playing Parsons part time. Stretch Parsons, Fire Wallace, and resign Reke. Check the stats on Euro guards in the NBA. Forwards like Dirk are better suited because they present guard skills with Center size. But Doncic is not as big as Dirk. The 2 guards in the NBA today would eat him up. Are you saying that Doncic is as good as Hardin?
  9. Number 1 target should be Ayton, a big athlete who has skills and is producing at a D1 college is almost unicorn like. Would have to tank to get him, and keep a core around him like Reke, Brooks, Jam, Rabb, and a healthy Sheldon. Won't look too hard at Doncic. Euro guards like him hardly ever become game changers in the NBA, just not athletic enough. The perimeter game in the NBA is much faster and quicker. Can't trust that he can keep up. Doncic would be a nice piece to have, but I wouldn't tank a season for him.
  10. How 'bout a post game?

    I know its a pipe dream, Gasol is what Gasol is at his point. But I just don't think he's anything to build around. I would definitely be shopping him hard right now for some low post scoring and/or draft picks. His game is so complementary that there's no way a team could win with him as the foundation.
  11. How 'bout a post game?

    I swear, the next move I would do is to pay Hakeem Olajuwon for some "Big Man" low post scoring coaching over the Christmas "break" and go into 2018 mandating that Gasol be no further than 15 ft. from the rim at all times on O. The moment he comes down the court and stops at the 3 pt. line, I would immediately bench him. Gasol on the outside is as effective as DDavis playing 30 minutes a game. Heck, they are losing anyway with Gasol doing what he is doing, why not try something new?
  12. How 'bout a post game?

    After watching the Dubs B-squad beat the Grizz, and if it is true that the Grizz are not trying to tank any seasons while Gasol is still the focal point of the team, then they need to make a move quickly to find some low post scoring (please bring Z-Bo back, he's killing it in Sac-town!) It is painfully obvious that the team is struggling now because teams are packing the paint and daring them to shoot, like they always have. But, the problem this year is that teams aren't packing the paint to stop a low post scoring threat, but to simply take away the drive to the basket, while there is still no consistent outside shooting to make teams pay. The Grizz countered this in the past by putting pressure on the opposing team's inside D and then kicking it out for a slim chance of making teams pay for packing it in. If there was an actual low post threat to keep teams honest (and stop the bleeding when the jumpers inevitably stop falling), the Grizz would probably be a 3-5 seed in the West right now, instead of a bottom feeder. The only paint scoring threat they have now is Reke driving to the rim. Gasol got stripped at least 4 times last night trying to drive to the basket from the 3 pt line. If Gasol would post up more, rather than camp out on the 3 pt. line, he could put more pressure on the interior D, making it harder to rotate when and if he passes out of the double team. Its obvious that the team doesn't work on low post offense enough. Brevin Knight commented several times last nite that Gasol had an advantage on the post, yet the guards couldn't get him the ball in time to do anything with it. Bad angles, bad spacing, and bad shot clock awareness indicate that the team is not working on a low post offense with any sense of urgency or agency. It appears to be an afterthought, but it is their best weapon (or could be, if they focused on it). Instead, they seem to run high pick and roll, then isos, which is what everybody was saying was the inefficient O that Z-Bo made them run, which , obviously, is not the case. Again, if Gasol had a true center's game, this team would be much better off. Instead, we see Gasol looking like a baby giraffe driving to the rim as slowly and awkwardly as a 7'2" non-athletic , no handle shooting guard would look.
  13. Zach Lowe ESPN article

    Very Informative article in terms of demonstrating how bad the team chemistry, system and structure are. One thing that was interesting was how Lowe points out that the Grizz are trying to play like the "new NBA", but just do not have the talent to be successful. Not enough shooters to unpack the lane, not enough skill to hit the shots they do get, not good enough or savvy enough on D to switch as much as they do. Even more telling is that JB points these things out to the players, yet they seem to not be able to do much about it. But, the crazy thing is that the article sounds like me and a few other posters here all last year trying to lament the impending release of Z-Bo and TA in order to adjust to the New NBA. The problems we saw then are now rearing their ugly heads. Many on here thought I and others who agreed with me were just living in the past and too close minded to see where the NBA is today. I know what the Dubs and Rockets do. I understand the analytics and new rules that support what they do. But I also understand who will come and play for the Grizz, and it ain't big time talents like Steff Curry and James Hardin. Its players who are good, but have to compete with heart, effort, and brains, not necessarily talent and skill. That means they have to play the game to their strengths, not to what the "New NBA" wants. The best way for Memphis to compete is to D up the Dubs, Rockets, Cavs, etc. and get buckets on the low post with skilled Big men, who are easier to come by than Unicorns like Stef Curry , James Hardin and LeBron James. Yes there are rule changes that favor Jump shooters and athletic wings slashing to the lane. But those shots are still lower percentage than A 7 ft. Center posting on the block. Just slow the pace, D up, and see who makes it out of the mud. Why institute a system that is best suited for unicorns when you have rhinos? And why did a simple fan like me and others see this, yet B-Ball "Pros" didn't see it?
  14. Chris Vernon

    Thank you for this. I agree 100% that there was no need or a style change with the Grizz. They were not going to be able to run with the Dubs and the Cavs, no matter who they brought in. I think the changes were made because it was the "it" thing to do, especially when they were justified through "analytics" ("Take that for Data!"). The reality is that the people making decisions are not as smart as they think they are, and now we see the team crashing and burning, and it ain't pretty.
  15. I have no regrets moving on from Zach Randolph

    I agree that his game isn't suited for the low post, but the team doesn't need a 7'2" shooting guard who is slow and can't dribble, which is basically what he is. He would have developed better low post skills along the way if he thought differently about how a player his size should play the game. If he had set out to develop a true center's game, he would have worked to get stronger, better footwork, and understand leverage and positioning for rebounds. But, he thought that basketball was about developing jump shots and passing for everyone, regardless of size, and it shows. Now, he doesn't have the game to carry a team, and its painfully obvious its time to do something different as a franchise at this point.