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  1. Too many things have to fall in place for them to be even in contention for the 8th spot in the West. Conley and Gasol alone will not keep this team in the playoffs, not enough consistent scoring between them to complete for a playoff spot in Fizz's system. The talent just isn't on the roster to really compete the way Fizz wants to compete. Maybe a couple of drafts will improve the talent but next year is looking bleak.
  2. Grizzlies opponents - 2017 Free agents and trades

    Crowder must start against the Dubs for them to have any semblance of D'ing up with any effectiveness. Wade in that Starting 5 is a team bereft of Defense. But I say, If they swing for Brooke Lopez, make him a focal point, at least 20/10 a game. The Dubs can be beat inside. It just that the other teams don't want to play that style.
  3. Fizz goes off !!!

    Interesting turns this thread has taken. I agree with the sentiments of this post in that history is messy, and people and life are complex. But let's keep the main thing the main thing here. These monuments were erected to push back against integration efforts at several points in our history (Post reconstruction, the New Deal, and Great Society just to name a few). They were not constructed as historical markers to honor these confederate generals more so than to assert the dominance and permanency of white supremacist rule in the south. It's not just about the KKK, but about the political and economic (white) elites in those days moving to maintain and engender white supremacy as the law of the land. Its not history in these monuments, but propaganda. Their proper place is in museums and textbooks where they can be examined in the proper and best historic contexts.
  4. Grizzlies Predictions

    I'm Down like four flat tires!!!
  5. Fizz goes off !!!

    People can walk and chew gum at the same time. It is impossible to be a black person in this country and just focus on you chosen profession. Racism and white supremacy characterize every aspect of our lives, whether we recognize it or not. Asking Fizz to "Leave the politics to the politicians" concerning this issue is like asking only chefs to cook or maids to clean. We all need to eat and clean, not just chefs and maids. I wish we had the luxury of not having to deal with these things, but we don't.
  6. Okay, I've had enough. Let's talk about gng

    I said that they would not have beat the Clippers with Rudy because they would not have looked to Z-Bo like they did. He was the advantage the Grizz had. Rudy would have been locked up offensively by the Clippers' D. They had no answer for Z-Bo though. He would not have gotten the shots he needed to get in is rhythm if Rudy was on that squad. By the way, the Titans beat Buffalo on a fluke play, but they were just better than the Colts and the Jags that year (swept them both in the regular season). In fact, the Titans were the only team that beat the Jags that year, 3 times !!!!
  7. Okay, I've had enough. Let's talk about gng

    I admit that Conley was important, but Conley is not a better guard than Steph. Even at 100% Conley, the Dubs had the advantage there. Conley was not the advantage the Grizz had over the Dubs, it was Z-Bo and (If he would have actually stepped up) Gasol on the low post. That is still the weakness of the Dubs, the low post. If any team would just invest in developing a strong low post game, they could beat the Dubs. I'm just saying that if Gasol had any semblance of a low post game, the series wouldn't have gone 6 games and we wouldn't have had to witness that crappy call.
  8. Fizz goes off !!!

    In this Article from the CA, Calkins breaks down Fizzdale's interview with Wendy Thomas concerning the confederate monuments in Memphis and the violence in Charlottesville, VA, during the Nazi Rally. He's pretty clear that as a head coach of the city's only pro sports team, he considers himself a civic leader. He also notes that he cannot see how a city where the country's greatest civil rights leader was killed, has monuments to confederate soldiers and a founder of the KKK. I may not totally agree with the direction he's trying to take the team, but much respect for being an outspoken advocate for justice, peace, and dignity for all.
  9. What Does Marc Mean?

    Its his game period. Pre season, regular season, playoffs; his game negates his size. No one needs a 7'2" 260lb jump shooter. That's what he wants to do. He's not athletic enough to be that, so his best bet it to take advantage of his size, develop a more potent low post game, and learn to rebound. But, he prefers to hang out on the 3 pt line and launch 3's. More athletic forwards and guards eat him up out there in the playoffs, hence his "passive" play.
  10. Okay, I've had enough. Let's talk about gng

    Conley was important, but his game alone wasn't going to beat the Dubs. The advantage the Grizz had was on the low post. The Dubs doubled Z-Bo and let Gasol go at it with Draymond. If Gasol would have scored 20pts/gm, that series is over in 5.
  11. Okay, I've had enough. Let's talk about gng

    The series with the Dubs wasn't lost on a fluke injury, but because the All-Star "best center in the league" couldn't do anything against a defender that was 6 inches shorter than him. If Gasol had half the low post game of Z-Bo, that series would have been done in 5. In 2012 against the Spurs, Gay would have helped them, but his ball hogging would have crippled them against the Clippers in the 2nd round. I say that yeah, Gay would have helped in the Conference Finals, but they would have never gotten there if Gay was playing against the Clippers. Z-Bo was the best chance at beating the Clippers that year, not Gay. Would Gay have allowed Z-Bo those shots?
  12. Okay, I've had enough. Let's talk about gng

    For the roster that the Grizz had and the context of a small market, "Memphis" team that couldn't attract superstar free agents, the GNG style was the best option. I agree that perhaps it wasn't good enough to win a title, but it kept the team competitive and the city really enjoyed the team. Other than a ring (or even a division banner), you couldn't ask for more. Fizz style won't work because the talent and skill needed to pull it off ain't on the roster and ain't coming to Memphis to be on the roster. What could work in Memphis is low post scoring, rebounding, and tough D. That doesn't take extraordinary talent and skill, but heart and determination. Memphis can get heart and determination, they won't get elite skill and talent. Fizz will learn that soon enough and either adjust his style (like Hollins) or leave.
  13. Every Team's Projected 2017-18 Record

    I'm pretty sure those efficiency numbers are affected by the fact that Z-Bo came off the bench most of the year. I would like to see the numbers when he started, preferably in the playoffs. Also, Gasol has a size advantage over Z-Bo, and he definitely was not getting double teamed as much in the post as Z-Bo was, mainly because teams knew that Z-Bo was much more of a low post scoring threat. Heck, Gasol was shut down on the low post by Draymont Green, a player 6 inches shorter than Gasol. Name one player in the league that is 6'2" and can shut down Z-bo on the low post? Yeah, the stats would indicate that Gasol was a more effective scorer on the post than Z-Bo, but the eye test and experience says Z-Bo is a way better post player than Gasol.
  14. Every Team's Projected 2017-18 Record

    With all of those stats, are you saying that Marc Gasol has a better low post game than ZBo? I'd be curious to see what kind of shots in the low post Gasol took vs. what kinds ZBo took. Gasol, for his size, does not post up nearly enough, and taking those 3's negates his size advantage. Most times, when he is on the post, he takes a turnaround, fade away jumper, a high-degree-of-difficulty shot.
  15. ZBo Arrested

    Good look to note these were the same projects that they filmed the "Same Gang" video. I wonder what was really going on? You just don't normally have hundreds of people hanging out on a Wednesday nite smoking weed in the hood. I imagine it was some sort of block party or something that the police tried to break up. Z-Bo was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, and I'm sure he will easily show the weed wasn't his; whether it actually was or not is a different story. In court, its not what actually happens, it's what you can prove. I'm sure Z-bo learned the Mike Vick lesson- your boys are their to take the rap. Case closed. Z-bo will be alright, maybe an early season suspension for a game or two for the bad look, that's all, no jail time.