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  1. Head Coach Thread

    I don't see the big issue with Hollins and the Nets. He didn't set the world on fire, but he got them to the playoffs in his first year, albeit with a losing record, but they haven't even sniffed the playoffs since his tenure. Prokhorov and King did a lousy job constructing their rosters especially as guys aged. They did well in the two seasons prior to Hollins, but the roster got progressively worse as Hollins had mostly old or vastly overrated talent to work with. You obviously have to have talent in this league to win. I'm not insinuating that a coach can carry garbage talent to a bunch of wins, but it takes both. Do you really think if Iavaroni were kept aboard for the rest of the 08-09 season, and the season after that the team would have suddenly bought in and played better? I think that's a stretch. Hollins came in and changed the culture. Changed the style of play. Taught the young guys how to get it done at the NBA level. That was sorely lacking from the previous coach. Hollins most certainly deserves credit for that. We were dead in the water when Iavaroni was let go.
  2. Head Coach Thread

    I would say the difference in Iavaroni and Hollins was quite noticeable to say the least. Iavaroni's team had zero structure. Hollins came in and changed the culture. It took several weeks, but the team did finish that season 7-5 in its last 12 games and even in the losses prior to that were much more competitive. I remember going back and forth with bgassassin that the team was looking much better and some wins were coming soon. I think coaching makes a much bigger difference than you give it credit for, but I certainly agree that almost any coach with half a brain can be successful with a talented group. The biggest thing with the Grizzlies is making sure that we have Hollins (a mentor/teacher) and not an Iavaroni while we're going through this period of developing young talent.
  3. Ping pong time.

    #1 pick. It's coming.
  4. For cash considerations.
  5. Oops! It has been fixed.
  6. Thanks again for continuing the tradition of providing us with the best game threads out there. Your efforts are much appreciated!
  7. Ping pong time.

    I'm afraid if Wallace is still GM we'll manage to screw the pick up anyway.
  8. 2019 NBA DRAFT

  9. Parsons Out for Rest of Season

    I gave Wallace and company the benefit of the doubt initially, assuming that they did their homework and were assured that Parsons could sustain his health and production. That clearly wasn't the case, though.
  10. 2019 NBA DRAFT

    Yeah, if Mike and Marc are both healthy this team is at worst a 35-38 game winner.
  11. Pera to retain Grizz ownership

    None of this will matter if Chris Wallace is the GM on draft night. The time has come.
  12. Parsons Out for Rest of Season

    I wasn't crazy about the Parsons signing at the time, but understood the Grizzlies doing it. But man, did it ever blow up in our faces.
  13. Grizz Game Removed from ESPN

    I think that's what he was implying.
  14. I certainly respect your inside knowledge and know that you wouldn't fabricate information so I'll definitely give credence to what you're saying. However I still maintain that Gasol/Wallace are the two biggest problems with the Grizzlies right now and I think that it drove Fizdale over the edge. The Grizzlies are still big culprits in this situation regardless of whether or not Fiz wanted out. I certainly don't believe you can go from what he said/how he coached in the playoffs, to the red hot start to the season, to suddenly he just didn't want to be in Memphis anymore. There were some driving factors involved.
  15. The team wanted to go in a different direction. The team hires a coach that reflects that new direction. They knew what they were getting into when they hired him. So Fizdale does pretty much exactly what he said he would do when he arrived. At the first sign of trouble, the team bails out on him and scapegoats him when they endorsed the direction that he wanted to go. But somehow Fizdale is the culprit? The only thing you could say Fizdale did wrong was alienate Gasol. But what coach ever got along with Gasol towards the end? The outpour of support after he got fired from most of the players, along with many other players across the league, should tell you everything you need to know. If you really want to know the biggest problems with the Grizzlies, look no further than Wallace and Gasol. Until these two are gone, the Grizzlies aren't going anywhere.