The Truth is OUT

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  1. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

    Bagley is a pick I could be excited about, but history says that Duke players are less likely to become stars, and we really need a breakout player with this pick, somebody who after a few years could be a top 3 guy on a lot of teams. But he does exhibit a passion for the game. Raw talent potential seems to overshadow motors in the evaluation process in the NBA. Where I see motors as fueling potential.
  2. Erin Popovich Dies

    Erin Popovich, wife of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, dies at 67 Man, people die, famous people die, we all die. Normally, I don't get choked up at "celebrity" deaths, but I just find myself feeling quite sad at the thought of Gregg Popovich losing his spouse. The breadth of support he is getting doesn't change the grief one iota, I'm sure, and he'll never know this was put here. But I felt it right to post it all the same.
  3. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

    All this trade down talk is just game playing. Depth comes later and is a dime a dozen. We need a star. We ain't getting one at #15. Heck, history says we have trouble getting them at #2.
  4. Dillon Brooks named to Rising Star Challenge

    The kind of rookie season Brooks just had, with his ethic, I fully expect him to make great strides next year, and then look out year 3. If we draft well this offseason, we just might have our future 1-2 punch in pocket, and then a smart GM can start to build what we need around that. Marc will be 36 by then and Conley will be 33. Because I'm assuming if we can get back to being somewhat competitive, Marc and Mike will still be on the team at that point, but just about ready to hang it up. Our near future can be brighter than this past offseason suggests. But the cookie has to crumble just right.
  5. Pera to retain Grizz ownership

    Glad that this is behind us. The devil we know is far preferable at this stage. I'm just glad he settled this before the off-season. I am still holding out a ray of hope that this season can be a blip on the way to being competitive again in a hurry, but part of the formula to do that is this pick has to be a home run.
  6. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

    We're gonna wind up drafting the kid from Texas because he's Thabeet 2.0. He's also the only kid I've seen projected top 5 that would tick me off for drafting him, so there's that too. Bamba = Bomb-a I guarantee he'll come out in the first post-lottery mock draft as our guy with some quote like "Memphis has been eyeing this kid all along." Seriously. Anybody but this guy. Please.
  7. Who Could Be Traded?

    I am just going to go under the assumption here that our front office is not trading Gasol or Conley, in the hopes that somehow there is some iteration of a team that can still be built with them. Personally, I think it's time to start over. But I'm trying to think about what could be realistic. So assuming this, I think the only rational move is to trade Parsons for as many liquid assets as you can, meaning, free up as much money as you can. Take back as many draft picks and expiring contracts as you can finagle. Move more people around said trade if you can, if it brings you back more liquidity. The risk didn't pay off, and is unlikely to ever pay off to the extent we needed it to. At this stage of the game, you have to think of a radical and effective reshaping of this roster this offseason. If you're not starting from scratch, you have to have enough space to trade/sign our way back to respectability, with not a single asset coming back to you that pays off in 2-3 years, unless somehow you can net a very high 1st rounder. I don't think this is realistic either, honestly. We only do bold moves that come with risk, and this isn't the time to take on risk. If we're trading people like McLemore or Ennis, it's just to attempt to prove to the fanbase that the team is "doing something".
  8. How About The Football Tigers

    Yay, Norvell is sticking around a little longer. I think he did the smart thing. Arkansas is not going to be competing for anything in the foreseeable future. Don't make the jump to the P5 just to make the jump, wait for the right job to come along. I was more worried that A-State may want to make a run at bringing him back. In my mind, his best job would be the Missouri job, if that were to open in the next couple of years. Keeps him close to his prime recruiting territory while allowing him to compete in the SEC East. We'll see if they can win again next year now that their O.C. is the new guy at UCF. Not that I'm in any hurry to see him leave.
  9. David Fizdale Fired.

    Yes it is, and quite correct. Gasol's value will never be higher than it is right now, and we're not going to get appreciably better in the next few years. Time to call a duck a duck. This era is done. Even with a 100% Conley and Gasol, there is too much to overcome now. The longer we wait, the less assets we can get.
  10. JB Freakin Bickerstaff !?!?!?

    Or under Pera?
  11. David Fizdale Fired.

    How did I give him a pass? For the same reason you don't think him capable of leading, he would not be capable of coming right out and saying "fire him". But Pera has already pitched his tent with Gasol and Conley, he did it from day one. Gasol didn't need to say it.
  12. David Fizdale Fired.

    People are saying it's Gasol's doing, but in reality, Pera's the one who made the call. He wanted to do the same thing very early to Joerger, if people will recall, but changed his mind. So it's Pera's itchy trigger finger that we have to thank. Gasol may have talked to him, but I doubt he demanded Fizdale's head. He wouldn't have been that direct, even if its what he wanted. At this point, the fire sale needs to start. The sooner we do it, the sooner we can collect assets and start rolling the dice. Because that's where we are now. Without Conley on the floor, this team is rudderless, that is clear. We just slammed on the brakes on the Grizzlies train. Anyone who thinks it can get back up to speed in its current form is mistaken. Instead what I'm afraid we're about to get is literally a lost season, with some sort of bizarre hope next year that we'll "get back to normal". Name the last team who went on from a player-fired coach situation intact and was a success story. And if you tell me Doug Collins and Michael Jordan, I will just say exactly. Maybe what this is really about is the beginning of the end of the Pera era. I dunno. It's just depressing. This firing solves nothing. Nada. Zip. Fizdale didn't just go from good coach to bad coach in the blink of an eye. But our talent pool - the necessary talent to compete at a playoff level - has finally dried up. This firing is as kneejerk as it is futile. It just confirms the end of this iteration of the Memphis Grizzlies. And at this moment, there is no Wizard running things, just impotence behind a curtain. So who knows how long it takes to get back to Kansas.
  13. Hammer, nail, coffin: this run is over

    I don't understand. Conley is out, meaning we have one player on the team who is even near all-star caliber, the next best guy is still gimpy and the next best guy is playing for his next contract, and the fan base thinks we should continue to win at a 50-game clip? Maybe the sound of wheels coming off are the fans' expectations.
  14. Hello, Dillon Brooks!

    Surely this guy deserves his own thread by now. I have been waiting a long time for us to get a budding star in the 2nd round. That crazy pick that always seems to blow up for the Spurs or somebody. He's still a rookie and he's going to remind us all of that this year, but I'm going on record. This is going to be the lowest draft pick we've ever had to take for himself - and I emphasize the word "take", as in, he will undoubtedly have earned, due to his level of play - a starting role with this team. It may not even happen this season. But certainly by next year. The only thing that would keep him out is politics, if it's between him and Parsons and they do the easy move of playing the higher paid player first. You can call this Summer League fever if you want, but everything about this guy made no sense why we were getting him at 45. This was the Pac-12 Player of the Year. I dare not dream he get to this level, but I remind you of the NFL draft that had what was considered 6 sure-fire pro-bowl QBs of the future in its draft. But the last one to be picked was Dan Marino. There were a lot of Pac-12 players picked ahead of Brooks, yet he was the player of the year in that league. Maybe he has some non-prototypical things about his physique or game, but he is obviously a baller, in a league that had many of them this season. And I'm glad we have him.
  15. Finally Some National Respect For the Grizz

    How the players would mesh together could not be foreseen, but one thing you could tell is that essentially this team is being built to look like a bunch of clones. Long, athletic, active players who are willing to do what it takes to be a good TEAM. That one clip from that article that showed how we are currently playing defense, it is showing that we have a roster full of folks who can play multiple positions. Rarely should we get caught in a switching mismatch. On the other hand, our switching seems to be fluid and smart. We don't look the same, but statistically, we are. We are dead last in pace AGAIN. It's making me really wonder how useful of a stat that is, if we can consistently be "terrible" at it while continuing to make the playoffs.
  16. Finally...not A Bust And I Can Guarantee It.

    I celebrate correct predictions because they are so rare
  17. Butthurt game thread from Rockets board

    Did I hear Mike D'Antoni say "They're not gonna Rook us!" last night?
  18. Memphis @ Houston 10/23/17

    Yeah, I probably could. I guess I look at this as my local flavor. And I'm hoping LeBron does go to L.A. because that will probably mean Fox Sports South will start playing Grizz games here again...
  19. Marc's Ceiling Elevated due to Zbo's Absence?

    Man, BHZMafia, you beat me to it. I was coming here to drop off some crazy sounding title like "Reverse Osmosis (or how Marc Gasol backed into Beast Mode)" or something crazy like that. I think suggesting Z-bo being gone is only part of the equation. The other is that, the way this team is assembled this year, I think Mike and Marc had to look around and say "guess if this season is going to mean anything it's up to us". Gasol hates being "the guy", but he hates losing more. And honestly, no matter how well this assembly works out, unless Mike and Marc at least attempt a Herculean effort, night in and night out, we're not going to win many games. I am assuming Fizz has told them as much. I mean think about it; if they each drop 25 a night, that's still only 50 points. Gasol's not an imbecile. So he is becoming the BEAST we all know he can, but I think he's doing it not out of a desire to be dominant, but realizing he has no choice in the matter. I think Mike is doing sort of the same thing, but we already saw some of that happening last season with him. Now it's Marc's turn. And together, they have to realize time is rapidly becoming the enemy. If this is true, Parsons coming on slowly could be a blessing in disguise. The more ascendant players we have on this team, the more tempting it will be for Marc to facilitate and only hang his hat on the defensive end. We have to have this guy, just like this. Remember when Fizz first came to town? He had dinner with two, and only two players - Mike and Marc. They aren't Stockton/Malone, but they don't have to be - they just have to be the best versions of Mike and Marc, and demand that the rest of the team try to keep up with them, and our team will be fine. In fact, I had this thought today - if we are winning enough early on, why can't we have two players in the ASG? These guys keep playing like this, at the very least they'll be the most deserving not playing that weekend.
  20. Memphis @ Houston 10/23/17

    I live in Cincinnati, man.
  21. Memphis @ Houston 10/23/17

    I would not have bet money with anyone that the Grizzlies would start 3-0 this season. Sure do love it though.
  22. Memphis @ Houston 10/23/17

    Would love to see a win of course, but this is going to be a tough test on the road, especially with all the nicks and bruises we're nursing at the moment.
  23. I would agree with all that - I chose to address KBJ's angle rather than go into a full blown analysis of the Hubie days. I think there is something to be said for having a deep roster you rotate when you don't have bonafide stars, but as you say, that gets you exposed in the playoffs.
  24. I remember the Hubie Ball days. I'll never disparage Coach. Having a great bench is, well, great. But this is still a star's league. Here are the top 10 benches in order last year, in terms of PPG: Lakers 47.1 Nets 45.6 Nuggets 40.3 76ers 39.7 Rockets 38.9 Spurs 38.9 Heat 38.6 Bucks 38.3 Clippers 37.4 Pelicans 37.0 And in case you were wondering: 11. Memphis 36.9 23. Golden State 32.5 28. Cleveland 28.3 Now, the Spurs have been doing it their own way forever, and they move more to 3 pt sets when they go to their subs, so I would call the Spurs an outlier (as they often are). Their success seems uniquely crafted in relation to the rest of the league. Houston - it's D'antoni ball, so there it is. Now, I'm all for having a powerful bench. But I'd rather have a consistent bench, backing up some great starters. The kind of bench that you can rely on to be there, and have an occasional big game from somebody. Benches don't take you to the top of the post season. Stars do.
  25. Hello, Dillon Brooks!

    It does make sense. You hear of professional atheletes talking about how, as they gain experience at the pro level, the game begins to "slow down" for them, meaning they have acclimated to the pace and can start making better decisions more quickly in the flow of play. At least for one game, Brooks may have seen it that way. It would be stretching credibility to think he's 100% there already, but at least for one game, he appeared to be there. We had a rookie who started off like that once - O.J. Mayo. For his first 20 games he looked like ROY material. Not a prediction, just a statement. Now I'm hoping Brooks can be not only sold starting material, but that homegrown bona-fide star we've been looking for. Would be great timing.