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  1. If you were GM, who would you pick as the Grizzlies next HC? I will kick off the discussion with my choice, Sarunas Jasikevicius. Here is some info I gathered (from 2018 - around the time that Masai Ujiri, the Raptors GM, flew to Europe to interview him for HC of the Raptors): Sarunas Jasikevicius has successfully made the leap from a legendary playing career in Europe to the head coaching ranks with Zalgiris Kaunas in Lithuania. Here’s what you need to know about the Raptors’ latest head coaching candidate: Name: Sarunas Jasikevicius Age: 42 Hometown: Kaunas, Lithuania NBA coaching experience: None Rising star A four-time EuroLeague champion, three-time Greek League champion, two-time Spanish and Israeli league champion, as well as Slovenian Cup, Turkish Cup, and Lithuanian league champ, Jasikevicius was no stranger to winning in his playing days. After retiring from Lithuanian league powerhouse Zalgiris Kaunas in 2014, the six-foot-four point guard became an assistant coach with the club the following season. In 2016 he took over as head coach for Zalgiris and the team has won two Lithuanian league titles in as many years with Jasikevicius at the helm. Jasikevicius was named Lithuania’s Coach of the Year in the 2017 and finished third in EuroLeague voting for the award. This past season, he coached Zalgiris to a 22-14 record in the EuroLeague and the team reached the final four for the first time since 1999. Given all he’s accomplished in just two full seasons of coaching it’s no wonder NBA teams like Toronto are already seriously considering fast-tracking Jasikevicius to an NBA head coaching job. Raptors & NBA connection Although he’s only coached in Europe, where he also spent the majority of his playing career, Jasikevicius is very familiar with the North American game. For starters, he played high school basketball in the United States, moving from his home country to play his senior year at Solanco High School in Pennsylvania. He played point guard at Maryland for four years. He would eventually play in the NBA, signing a free agent deal with the Indiana Pacers in 2005. As a 29 year-old rookie, Jasikevicius played 75 games for the playoff-bound Pacers. He spent two more years in the league before returning to Europe. The Raptors ties don’t end there with the prospective coach. The most obvious connection is between Jasikevicius and fellow Lithuanian Jonas Valanciunas, the Raptors centre who is coming off his best season yet. Having played together on the Lithuanian national team, Jasikevicius has had a first-hand look at the 26 year-old’s development and, with the exception of maybe Nurse, would have the strongest relationship with him as any coaching candidate thus far. The two were also teammates on Lietuvos rytas in 2010, the year before Valanciunas made his NBA debut. Storied career A gifted passer and highly effective floor general, Jasikevicius raked in awards at virtually every stage and stop during a 16-year professional career. He’s won four EuroLeague titles, been named MVP in four different leagues, EuroLeague Finals MVP in 2005, All-Europe Player of the Year twice (2004, 2005), and in 2003 was named FIBA EuroBasket MVP after leading Lithuania to gold — among many more accolades. Long story short, Jasikevicius is one of the all-time greats in European basketball, with the resume to back it up. As a young and talented ex-player and coach, with excellent credentials, I think he could be just what the Grizzlies need to breathe new life into the franchise. He has accomplished a "culture of winning" throughout his career and can help build that culture in the Grizzlies organization. He should be interviewed asap.
  2. JV was on the Chris Vernon Show yesterday. Chris asked him about his player option. He shrugged that off and said that he wants a long term contract and stability. Then JV said that Memphis was on the top of his list for a long term contract. Plus there's some interesting historical info about his life and career. JV's interview starts at 29 minutes and 15 seconds and lasts about 20 minutes. Enjoy and comment. Link:
  3. Good article today, titled: "The Grizzlies don't need a traditional rebuild (and that is fine)". Link: https://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2019/4/10/18300637/the-grizzlies-dont-need-a-traditional-rebuild-nba-memphis
  4. GameOn

    Bleacher Report likes JJJ

    The Grizzlies already have a rebound monster, namely JV. He would be a perfect compliment to Jaren.
  5. GameOn

    We should've had the 6th pick

    You may be right, but we still have a 6 % chance of picking in the top 4.
  6. From the office of the BGA (Basketball Gods Association): We have received your request for a a superstar small forward who can avg around 29/30 points a game. We will fulfill your request asap. Please note that there are 29 other teams who want the same, so please be patient. 🏀
  7. Father Pat should have a disclaimer at the beginning of his posts: Danger: This post may cause fatal choking due to hysterical laughter. LOL!
  8. GameOn

    Bleacher Report likes JJJ

    Good on JJJ for moving up to 2 overall in the "re-draft". Can't wait to see him play again next season, alongside a healthy roster.
  9. The Raptors mismanaged JV's career. You have seen what he is capable of since he joined the Grizzlies.
  10. Sarunas Jasikevicius played 112 games with the Pacers (16 starts). 26 games with GSW (2 starts). I believe he was a rotation player with the Pacers, not so much with GSW. My point is simply that he has had NBA experience. I have no idea if he would even consider coaching the Grizzlies. I just thought it might be interesting to talk to the guy, considering what he has accomplished in his career as a player and a coach. He also knows JV really well, and if Sarunas was hired as coach, I would bet JV would sign on the dotted line in a heartbeat (and maybe on very favorable terms). Just my 2 cents.
  11. He has played in the NBA. From my post: For starters, he played high school basketball in the United States, moving from his home country to play his senior year at Solanco High School in Pennsylvania. He played point guard at Maryland for four years. He would eventually play in the NBA, signing a free agent deal with the Indiana Pacers in 2005. As a 29 year-old rookie, Jasikevicius played 75 games for the playoff-bound Pacers. He spent two more years in the league before returning to Europe.
  12. So why was he making public comments over the last week that he wants to leave. He should have kept his thoughts private until such time as a trade is actually made.
  13. Mike made it even tougher to keep leverage in a trade when he indicated that he wants to leave. Duh. Why didn't he just keep his thoughts to himself? He's not helping himself nor the Grizzlies by making public comments.
  14. Maybe not an established vet, but why not an up and coming young guy? For a young guy it would be an opportunity to break into the ranks of being an NBA coach. In a few years, if he was good enough and doesn't want to stay in Memphis, he would now have options to be a HC anywhere in the NBA.
  15. Yeah, now that JB is gone, I think he will be waiting to see who the next coach will be. He said he liked JB and JB did give him a lot of freedom on offense. If the Grizzlies hired Sarunas Jasikevicius as a HC, I'm pretty sure JV would stay. See Sarunas' bio in my thread on choosing a new HC:
  16. Sarunas Jasikevicius is not an "old time coach", but he is getting RESULTS.
  17. Sarunas Jasikevicius has winning credentials, which is why he got interviewed by Toronto. It wouldn't hurt the Grizzlies to at least talk to this guy.
  18. I notice that Toronto wasn't on the list. Probably because our average is double the Knicks figure, even after converting CDN dollars to US dollars (average = approximately $364 US). EVERY Raptors home game is a sellout. The last regular season Raptors game I went to, the tickets were $425 CDN each. That's for the upper rows of the lower bowl, near center. Add in some (overpriced) food, beer and parking and the price gets ridiculous. Not a cheap night out for a family of 4!!!
  19. The rebuild is over in some sense. There are a few unknowns such as does Mike really want out? Or was he just being a drama queen and just making some noise? Obviously, trading Mike would have major impact on the roster. Will JV sign a long term agreement or opt in or leave? Does Delon get a contract? Noah? Avery? How does a new coach/GM affect whether players want to stay or go? Do the Grizzlies convey or get a good draft pick?
  20. Raptors should take the series, but it ain't going to come easy.
  21. I was just going to post about JV being at the game. Nice that Sportsnet did a courtside interview with him. Yup, Magic up by 8 at half time. It's put up or shut up time for the Raps.
  22. Good article. Thanks for the link.
  23. Small sample size, but I'm surprised 33% believe the team will be worse next year. With a healthy roster and some time to develop chemistry, I believe that even if this roster came back as is, it could easily be a 40+ win team. So, in the off season, after some additions/subtractions and a new coach/GM it could be even better.