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About chipc3

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  1. Memphis @ Charlotte 03/22/18

    If this is what "Going Beyond Grit" (to use the Grizzlies marketing slogan for season ticket renewals) looks like, I don't want any part of it. Somehow I don't think most season ticket holders want what is Going Beyond Grit right now.
  2. I don't know about all of that. I believe Westbrook came out as a Sophomore and started at Shooting Guard for UCLA. I know NBA executives knew who he was before the draft since he was taken 4th and Chris Wallace told me that if he was on the board when the Grizzlies drafted (5th) they would take him.
  3. Ayton, Bagley or Doncic. Honestly, I just want the team to finally come out of the lottery with a top 3 pick that they don't waste.
  4. I'm just hoping the Grizzlies have a shot at one of the three players after the lottery:
  5. Potential Offseason Trade

    Michael Redd, Draymond Green, Dennis Rodman, DeAndre Jordan, Mark Price, Gilbert Arenas, Paul Millsap, Manu Ginobili, Isaiah Thomas... I don't think I agree with your position.
  6. Robert Pera

    Pera's Ubiquity Networks has a class action lawsuit filed against it. "The complaint alleges that, throughout the Class Period, Defendants issued materially false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose: (i) that the size of the Company's purported user community was drastically overstated; (ii) that the Company had exaggerated its publicly reported accounts receivable; and (iii) that as a result of the foregoing, Ubiquiti's publicly disseminated financial statements were materially false and misleading. On February 20, 2018, Ubiquiti revealed that it had received a subpoena from the SEC "requesting documents and information relating to a range of topics including metrics relating to the Ubiquiti Community, accounting practices, financial information, auditors, international trade practices, and relationships with distributors and various other third parties."
  7. Tankzzlies

    This is very disturbing. Memphis X, GTF and I are all in agreement.
  8. Tankzzlies

    If the Grizzlies goal is to emulate the elite teams in the league then they will struggle for a long time. I believe they need to create their own identity where they can excel at playing against the other teams. GNG was an attitude not a strategy. The Grizzlies need to maintain that attitude and develop a strategy that can excel in contrast to the current style of play.
  9. I agree with you. When the talent is so similar wouldn't it make sense to consider how they fit with the team when making the selection? No one is suggesting ignoring a clearly superior player. But when there is no clear cut pick doesn't it make sense to look at the roster makeup as a component of the decision making process?
  10. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

    Pera fired him because Levien was feeding Kaplan sensitive information in Pera's eyes. I thought I made that clear earlier. Pera and Kaplan are currently fighting over control of the Grizzlies. This was going to be an issue from the beginning. Kaplan and Levien co-own the Swansea soccer team in England, DC United in the MLS. They have numerous other business issues together. Pera didn't want anyone who was connected to Kaplan involved with the team in any way and he cleared house. Lash, Levien and others were sent packing as they were seen as spies for Kaplan.
  11. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

    On the orders of Pera who demanded the team get under the salary cap. If you condone Wallace's poor draft of Thabeet because he did what the owner demanded then you can't blame Levien for doing the same with Pera wanting to get under the luxury cap that Wallace's poor contracts had put the team into. And I might add has done again now with Gasol, Conley and Parsons all sitting with max contracts and Ben McLemore getting a raise after not being offered a contract from Sacramento.
  12. That's a great sentiment but who would be the best talent?
  13. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

    How did Levien ruin the team? He had one draft. Surely the draft failures have played a huge part in the destruction of the Grizzlies playoff tradition. Did he release Zach and TA without getting anything in return? Did he sign Ben McLemore and Chandler Parsons to their terrible contracts? Did he injure Conley? Did Levien fired Dave Joerger and replace him with David Fizdale who he subsequently fired 18 months later? Levien wasn't great as I have said repeatedly but his less than two years in charge of the team didn't create the problems the team is now facing. It has been the failures in the years since Levien was fired that has caused the situation the team is under now. The moves Levien made to trade players for financial freedom, something people cheer Wallace for in the Pau Gasol trade, didn't result in the team missing the playoffs for three straight seasons and was created by the team's lack of financial planning in advance which was under Wallace's watch. Oh and that only sweep under the core 4 era came in the Conference Finals not the first round like has happened under Chris Wallace.
  14. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

    Levien was in power for about 18 months. During his time he got the Grizzlies out of financial difficulty from Wallace’s Bad contracts, took the team further in the playoffs than any other Grizzlies team and prepared the franchise to be able to continue the playoff run an additional 5 years. I agree all his moves didn’t all work. There is no telling what Levien could have done good or bad moving forward since we never really got to see him in control that long. However you need to understand why he was let go when judging him. Pera’s distrust of Levien stemmed more from his close association with Kaplan than anything else. Kaplan and Levien are joint owners of a Premier league soccer team in England. As you should be aware Kaplan and Pera are in the midst of tough negotiations right now for control of the Grizzlies. Pera didn’t want a Kaplan confidant inside the organization. In my opinion that was why Pera fired him. Now the Grizzlies are once again up against the luxury tax under Wallace with huge contracts to players who aren’t producing. Wallace’s 1st round draft picks have been less than inspiring, his free agent signings have been horrid (with the exception of Tyreke Evans who could be a one and done again this summer) and his communication attempts have become non-existent which was one of his main strengths early on. He is a company man however who knows how to keep his job by keeping the owner happy. Once the Buy-Sell agreement is settled I expect some Front Office changes no matter which side wins the fight.