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  1. I know I am not the first to say it. I was late to the bandwagon for sure but it is time to face facts and the Grizzlies need to fire Chris Wallace immediately. In the last 8 months we have seen him trade Troy Daniels and a second round pick (that Phoenix turned into Elfrid Peyton today), signed Rade Zagorac then waived him before the start of the season, signed Ben McLemore for Tony Allen's money, allowed Tony Allen, Vince Carter and Zach Randolph to walk for nothing, waived 2016 first round draft Wade Baldwin to keep Mario Chalmers who can walk as an unrestricted FA this summer and fired the Head Coach he hired 18 months earlier. He has lost complete control of situation. He needs to go.
  2. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

    The combined chance of a top three pick is greater than the individual chance of the 4th pick but the 4th pick is most likely against any other single pick.
  3. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

    Sounds like Bagley is predestined to be the Grizzlies pick. He already is having knee issues after all!
  4. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

    It all depends on the lottery. It is most likely the Grizzlies will be picking 4th after all.
  5. The 2018 Free Agents

    Sounds like you should be wanting a 6-8, all-around player who can hit the deep shot, is 9 years younger than Ennis and supposed to be the most NBA ready this coming season in the draft.
  6. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

    Memphis fans are considered some of the most involved and intelligent in the league. I don't know anyone who thinks the Core 4 today can beat the Warriors however so maybe I am just running and talking with more intelligent people overall than others. Porzingas is a great example of fans being upset at first and being dead wrong. Personally I hope the Front Office does make the intelligent choice and not the popular one that leaves the team weaker in the long run.
  7. The 2018 Free Agents

    He averaged 7.1 PPG and had a PER pf 11.66. His career average is 6.4 PPG. While playing in Memphis this season he averaged 6.9 PPG in 23.4 MPG. He is a subpar player and he got plenty of minutes to prove otherwise early in the season. At 28 it isn't likely he will improve this coming season either. Memphis has Dillon Brooks, Marshan Brooks and Chandler Parsons who can all play the SF role. They have been public stating they intend to re-sign Tyreke Evans. Where does Ennis find playing time? And Brandon Wright didn't get minutes because he couldn't stay healthy for the majority of his time in Memphis and the team chose to see what potential Martin, Rabb and Davis had instead. No other team picked him up after the Grizzlies dropped him. Was he really that good at the end???
  8. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

    If the whoever the front office selects doesn't play well they will be chastised. I don't believe anyone will be particularly harder on one player than another. Given Doncic's experience playing in a tougher league than the NCAA it is far more likely Doncic plays better at the beginning than the other rookies mentioned. It is the longer term improvement issue that makes Doncic a risky pick. Does he have the long term upside to justify the selection.
  9. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

    Perhaps but I don't believe that will be the reaction. Only people going in with a pre-disposition of poor play will be upset in the beginning. Remember how people reacted at the draft to the Knicks taking Porzingis. Those people feel very different about him now. The same could be true with Doncic.
  10. The 2018 Free Agents

    Evans should have been traded along with Ennis not instead of him. Haven't we seen enough of James to know he is not a regular rotation player despite his flashes of solid play. Detroit, New Orleans, Memphis (twice) and Miami have all released him or traded him for trash. There could be a reason for that. I'd rather find a 22 year old in the D-League than bring back Ennis for a 3rd time. At best he's a second string SF. Usually he's 3rd string material and at 28 years of age and 4 years of NBA experience, his minimum contract is more than a D-League rookie's would be.
  11. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

    Actually most fans "research" consists of reading ESPN, CNN or other major news sources mock drafts. If they see Doncic predicted to go in the top 3 and he falls to 4th or 5th they will want him to be the selection because they will feel they are getting value. In my eyes, the top 3 consensus appear to be Ayton, Doncic and Bagley. If the Grizzlies pick one of those three no one will be down on the front office after the draft. They would have done the smart thing. If whoever the Grizzlies pick bombs the average fan will be upset at Wallace and the front office and rightfully so. It won't matter if they screwed up taking an American or not. And I have been down on Wallace since December of 2016. It's not like I jumped ship last week. Unlike people who were dumping on the Grizzlies when they were reaching the conference finals and wanted the coach fired anyway, I generally believe you give people a chance before deciding they are a failure. Wallace built the core 4 (or at least he was the GM). His one major failed draft pick was Thabeet and that pick was demanded by his boss (although a stronger GM would have stood up and demanded to be allowed to do his job). I don't blame him for the Jarell Martin. It's not like there were so many more attractive options at the time. I was upset that we took Jordan Adams over Rodney Hood but injuries can't be predicted. Most of his misses in the draft have only looked bad in hindsight. Likewise I suspect people will view him critically in hindsight if the pick is a bust no matter who it is they pick. People haven't been too kind for Wallace's failures in the past and he has generally picked all-American in the draft.
  12. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

    I don't believe you speak for the majority of fans. What I hear you saying is you don't want a European over an American. Most fans don't care about these issues and if whoever is picked turns out to be less than someone taken after him in the draft they will be upset and point fingers at Wallace for another blown draft. Most "fans" want the Grizzlies to pick the best player available and don't care about their nationality. I do have an aversion to Romulans however. What's truly upsetting to me as a Grizzlies fan is the apparent lack of direction or a long-term vision for the team. I have been saying this for a while now but it appears to me the team has Wallace for 3 more years and he is content to run this team into the ground until then.
  13. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

    I'll personally be upset if the Grizzlies choose anyone who doesn't perform up to his draft status. I couldn't care less if they are European, American, African or Mongolian. Whoever the Grizzlies select needs to be the right choice. Do you believe Memphis fans would be upset if they chose Bagley or Ayton who under-performed relative to Doncic?
  14. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

    So you are suggesting the Grizzlies fans aren't intelligent enough to handle drafting a Euro Guard? Seriously?
  15. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

    I believe he is rumored to be much better than Joe Ingles. Yes he should be able to help you win games and he is supposed to be able to become an elite wing player like Ben Simmons or a cheap version of LeBron James. Joe Ingles would be the worst case scenario from what I have heard about him. Why do you think that is? If the Grizzlies get lucky to pick first and have the choice of any player why would fans be more upset with Doncic failing in comparison to Bagley or Ayton?
  16. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

    No. Doncic is a play-maker who can hit shots, drive some and dish like a point guard. He isn’t someone who creates by himself on the wing however. He’s more of a pick and pop type of scorer.
  17. Head Coach Thread

    I don't believe Iavaroni could coach his way out of a wet sack but that extends all the way back to my impressions of him as a rookie with the 76ers. I called him Noodle-roni back then and have never had a reason to apology for the insult! There is a base line of competence a coach has to have to succeed. I believe Hollins and Vogel have both reached that baseline and yet they have both been fired twice. Hollins for not listening to his boss (Memphis) and poor performance (Brooklyn) on a poorly constructed team and Vogel twice (Indiana and Orlando) for being at the helm of poorly constructed teams. I wish there was a way to punish the GMs for their failure to do their job rather than the coach who inevitably takes the blame (like Fizdale did this year). The Grizzlies this year wanted to run uptempo but had a poorly built team to run. They had questionable perimeter shooting and a slow front line. Fizdale shouldn't have been fired for these failings however. The lack of a clear vision of what the team could do and poor free agent signings doomed Fizdale but the last I looked those aren't his responsibilities.
  18. Head Coach Thread

    Iavaroni's rookie season was a mismatch of disinterested players (Gasol demanded a trade in December), 1st or 2nd year players (Conley, Lowry, Gay, Navarro, Kinsey), broken down has-beens (Stoudamire who became an assistant coach the next season) and some decent talent role players (Miller and Cardinal). Of course the team did have Stromile Swift and Casey Jacobson so I guess it wasn't all bad. His second (and final) season the team added rookies Darrell Arthur, Marc Gasol, Hamed Haddadi and O J Mayo. He was fired on January 23rd. The next season was Lionel Hollins first full season as head coach and he had Rudy Gay in his 4th season (contract year), Mike Conley starting his 3rd season, Mayo, Gasol and Arthur their second seasons, added Zach Randolph who was experienced and healthy as well as Allen Iverson for a period of time. Iverson actually helped Hollins gain control of the team by his antics early in the season. If Hollins is a difference maker, and not just in the right place at the right time, why didn't he succeed in Brooklyn? Surely he didn't lose all the knowledge when he left Memphis after all.
  19. Ping pong time.

    Couldn't agree with you more.
  20. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

    Bagley is a big man who can hit the outside set shot but you can't expect someone 6-11 to dribble and create his own shots on the perimeter.
  21. Head Coach Thread

    Iavaroni took over a team that had zero experience outside of JWill who, while entertaining to watch, was a terrible on-court leader. When Lionel go there the team was ready to be listen and had the experience to start improving. There is a reason Lionel was successful in Memphis but failed miserably in Brooklyn. He didn't change as coach so it had to be the talent the team possessed and how willing they were to sacrifice their individual games for the common good of the team.
  22. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

    Hard to make many determinations from this game. Luka is still #1 on my board but I can't deny I'm a little disheartened by the Real Madrid effort. At least they didn't lose to Buffalo in the 1st round of the NCAA tournament!
  23. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

    Looking a lot like another great prospect is going to be out before the tournament really gets going.
  24. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

    Calathes is smoking him in the first half but it is early, it's a road game for Real Madrid and it is silly to try and make too many determinations from one game.
  25. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

    I am following it on a stream but couldn't find a way to watch it live.