david sparks

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  1. The Mike Conley Apology Thread

    My apologies to Mike as well. He's improved to a level i knew he would never get to. so i was wrong. I'd still rather have horford or noah than him, which is who i wanted to draft over him. I dont think i was wrong about them being better at their position than he is at his. and i think if this team had an even better pg we'd be absolutely contending for the west. but, i suppose if we beat the spurs with conley we're contending for the west anyway. I still don't think he's amazing, but he's for sure getting the job done and hes absolutely better than i ever thought he would be. no problem admitting that. I obviously want any player on the griz to become really good. not exactly like i hate going to playoff games. I saw somebody the other day said something like "how about that contract now". stupid point. that contract is still bad. you probably could have retained him for 1/3 or 1/2 of what you gave him. even 3/4 of what you gave him is a better deal and he would have for sure taken that. grizzlies front office severely jumped the gun on his contract for literally no reason. A shot in their own foot that will likely prevent us from being able to keep Shane and will certainly cause us to trade OJ when we can. so next year when we're without Shane and OJ more than likely, we can hold new discussions on the validity and intellect of conleys contract. same can be said about rudy as well. Should have given him what he was asking before the season started. greatly over paid but you obviously had to keep him. the winning feels VERY good right now. best feeling ive ever had as a grizzlies fan. make no mistakes though. enjoying it while it last is important because these hasty and un-thought out decisions will come back to bite us eventually and it starts with conley as he's not on the talent level rudy and zbo are on so the over paying for them can be justified to some extent. but i'm not trying to bad mouth conley. he's playing great and we wouldn't have won 2 playoff games without him. now if we just had a decent back up PG instead of two rookies so he didnt have to play the whole **** game. another thing that will eventually bite us. can i add that i was right about thabeet?
  2. SIGN XAVIER FAST

    just swinging by for a sec to say I almost down graded from season tickets to a power pack this year because i hate Heisley so much. I decided not to bc of the probable lock out next year and the limited amount of basketball i'll get to watch at which point i'll probably spend that money on tigers season tickets if i can. This whole rookie contract BULL**** has me very much regretting my decision to renew season tickets. It is absolutely unreal the level of lunacy Heisley insists on operating at. It's also lunacy how non existent real media coverage there is locally about the Heisley and the garbage he's constantly pulling. I'm so frustrated with everything about this organization i dont know where to start. from over paying rudy, to the conley addiction, to ruling out mayo at point, to creating a log jam at the 2 while the 1 is painfully bad, to spending cheap instead of getting an accomplished coach that would be open to the idea of playing mayo at 1, to him saying he expects to make the playoffs this year while doing little to ensure that happens putting all the blame on Hollins and Wallace if that doesnt happen and the list goes on and on and on and on. i'm just absolutely sick of it. I'll say it again for the billionth time. I may be a lone in this sentiment, but if the Grizzlies are going to continue being under Heisleys reign, i'd rather them leave Memphis so I can enjoy the NBA like i used to. It's impossible for me to not route for the home team. thats the kind of person I am. I'd rather not have an NBA team at all than have this pitiful excuse for a franchise because it doesnt have to be pitiful at all. Memphis loves basketball. This city would get behind the team if you gave them a reason. Heisley will always provide multiple reasons for them to only show up when Kobes in town wearing purple and gold, and who can blame them? I sure dont. They're smarter than I am. They're not sinking their hard earned money into one of the most dysfunctional franchises in the NBA like i am.
  3. Is Conley the worst starting PG in the league?

    fair enough, i can agree with all that. Rudy is a ridiculously good player and a star on any other team. if we had a real PG and a smart coach, this city would belong to rudy. the end. he does bone headed stuff bc the coach allows him to. he makes bad decisions bc the coach gives him the freedom to do so by not giving him the direction or instruction on what to do via a real team identity. he does all of this at the wrong time bc conley doesnt know how or when to properly set him up. i dont want to over pay him bc he doesnt play D yet. but if he walks and we get nothing for him, and he ends up on a real team in need of a solid 3, who has an identity. its over and every guys super critical of rudy will be kicking screaming at Heisley and Wallace for letting him go. i was going to point out that Westbrook is better across the board except in 3PT%. I was then going to point out how probably irrelevant that is considering as rookies neither had a 3pt shot and conley learned it just like parker did. westbrook will need to learn it and with this being his 2nd year and seeing how good he is, theres no reason to think that will never come along. nope. he's not. and nope. i dont want that. I want a PG that knows the game. knows what to do in certain situations, knows who to get the ball to and when. when to shoot. when to drive. when to move off the ball and where too and how to pick the D appart piece by piece. and if he does this with an average of 5 and 10, sign me up. bc conley doesnt do it with better stats than that. my requirements arent stat based. their team production oriented and this team has sucked for a long time.
  4. Is Conley the worst starting PG in the league?

    problem is i dont believe you can develop "it" or learn "it". you just have it or you dont. it's Carroll pulling down a rebound and swinging his elbows when a guy reaches in. its lowry making contact with every player in his way when he goes into the paint. its rose doing 3 cross overs in a row till his guy breaks down. its billups earning the nick name mr big shot. he knows when he has to take them and make them, and he does. you cant teach that. you just have it, conley doesnt and its killing this team on the court aside from hollins who kills it from the bench.
  5. Is Conley the worst starting PG in the league?

    yeah, he obviously has confidence issues. but thats part of whatever "IT" is. conley has to mentally turn his confidence on and off. guys like Jennings and Rose come out of the locker room with their confidence turned on naturally. Conley will never figure out how to turn that on permanently. he'll always fluctuate. this is how supporters will stick with him bc some games he'll put it together. then Beno Udrih will come out and kill him and he's toast for the next 5 games. we can not let rudy go before we get a real PG and a real coach in here. we dont need to over pay for him when he may never play D. but with a real PG and a coach who makes his players play D like Skiles, Rudy could be everything we've wanted. Heisley > Hollins > Conley. those are our problems in order. 1 isnt likely to change. the other 2 must.
  6. Is Conley the worst starting PG in the league?

    Conley statistically is obviously not the worst in the league. He's i think obviously not ranked anywhere in the middle haha. bottom 3rd. That said stats are not conleys problem. what Conley lacks is "it". He lacks that thing that makes Lowry play better than he is. He lacks that thing that turns a team into a winner. The PG spot is so important to a team working when that player is missing something the whole team falls apart. This is why the rockets traded Alston and all they wanted back was Lowry lol. it's why Billips turned the nugets into one of the best teams in the league. it has much more to do with what billips is than what AI isnt. not to mention some players working well with others and some not. Rudy, OJ and Marc are great nba players. they have tallent like few guys the grizzlies have ever had. if we had a real PG, and a real coach, those guys would be some of the most attractive guys in the NBA to anybody that knows basketball. but conley still over dribbles, wastes valuable time at the wrong time, and constantly fails to put his teammates in quality positions to get easy buckets. his vision is terrible, his BBIQ is low and all he has going for him is his speed which he rarely uses to date from being so passive. also a product of him not having "it". Jennings has it, that was obvious in the mcdonnalds all american game. rose has it. it was obvious once he started at memphis. wall seems to have it, we'll see. i think ty lawson has it, he certainly did at UNC. and there are solid back up pg's that have it who just arent good enough skill wise to make it into the starting role. Anthony Carter comes to mind. Conley doesnt have "IT" and this lack of whatever that is, is the reason i think he sucks and cant stand him. it has almost nothing to do with stats. His supporters then attempt to reference these stats to justify his visibly terrible play when on the floor. i watch him play terribly every night and then after the game is over, the stats come out as if to cancel what i saw. what i see never gets changed and then guys like me are simply labeled conley haters. the IT is why everybody loved battier. its why some think after Carroll matures he'll be a city favorite. Rudy may never play D… i hope he does. but if he gets on a team with a real PG, holy god, the grizzlies are going to look like the biggest fools there have ever been. that being said, its hard for me to look at teams like the Bucks who's coach, Skiles, will bench every player on the court for not playing how they should on D. its what Cal did in memphis. those players know what the coach expects on D and if they dont do it, they sit not matter who they are and before too long they produced. It's hard for me to focus on rudys short comings on D when we've had nothing but terrible coaches for him his entire time in memphis. i'd bet my life if we had skiles here this team would look night and day, starting with rudy. My point is Chris Paul almost got Chandler into the all star games off nothing other than alley oops. Conley should be showcasing rudy and oj so well they're both all stars. but he doesnt know how. we need a real starting PG.
  7. It's RANDOLPH for me

    thank you… inserting Thabeet before he's ever played 1 NBA game, after Gasol just had a very impressive and good rookie season, which came after him being the MVP of the 2nd best league in the world, is absolutely nauseating. i can not stand the logic. That said, looks like we're in the hunt for Lee or Randolph. Less is restricted so i imagine we'll make an offer for him first. then go for Randolph since it doesnt require trading pieces and we now know that LAC will not take Jaric from us under any circumstances. MH apparently said he's signing a good PF this off season and thats his main concern. we'll see.
  8. All Star GASOL

    !!!!WHAT!?!?!?!
  9. All Star GASOL

    lmfao!!!!! thanks for setting us all straight hahahahaha god...
  10. All Star GASOL

    see JenkzUM! perfect example. 100 post rule!
  11. Calling all artists - got Grizzlies wallpaper?

    im a graphic artist and web designer. i would definitely be interested in sending some stuff in but was wondering if there is a time limit for submissions since im a little swamped at the moment.