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Posts Tagged ‘ Memphis Grizzlies ’

Identity Crisis: Winning in the NBA is simple

  What’s the key to winning in the NBA? Of course, you need talent…any coach will tell you that. But it’s not a pick-up game, there’s more to being a GM than just choosing a bunch of freaks for your squad. There has to be a clear team identity. This is the synthesis of a coaching staff’s philosophy and a roster’s...
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Turnover She Wrote: Tony heads to Philly

  Should ‘Turnover’ Tony Wroten ever play in the Rucker League, I’ve already got his nickname ready: Turnover She Wrote.   The Grizzlies have officially given up on the talented, shoot-first, shoot-last Wroten. Memphis sent their former 1st round pick to the 76ers yesterday for a future 2nd round pick…..that says it all right there. But...
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‘The Grindfather’ Returns

  Ron Tillery of the Commercial-Appeal is reporting that the Memphis Grizzlies will re-sign SG Tony Allen. It’ll be a four-year deal worth $20 million (according to Yahoo Sports).   Allen was also reportedly in negotiations with the Milwaukee Bucks.   ‘The Grindfather’ started alongside Mike Conley in the Grizzly backcourt as they advanced farther...
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Clippers pursuing Mayo, Allen

  The Los Angeles Clippers can’t wait for Magic SG Aaron Afflalo to head West, they have some new targets for their starting two-spot.   Doc Rivers is so much a fan of O.J. Mayo’s that he was the team’s second call in free agency (after Chris Paul, of course). The new skipper almost...
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Diaw, Bayless exercise options

  Two possible free agents from the Western Conference Finals series both decided to stay with their current teams, picking up their player-options for the 2013-14 season.   Boris Diaw wisely decided that his $4.7 million salary next year would not be duplicated if he put himself on the free agent market. His best...
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Grizz trade Arthur for Koufos

  The Denver Nuggets acquired PF Darrell Arthur for C Kosta Koufos on draft night.   The ‘Nugs’ also received the 55th pick, PF Joffrey Lauvergne. The Frenchmen played for Partizan Belgrade last year.   I say this is a win for Denver…a big win. Arthur is more of an impact player inside. Koufos...
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Grizzlies replace Hollins w/ much cheaper Joerger

  The Memphis Grizzlies already have the most baby-faced owner in the NBA, Robert Pena. Now, they have a baby-faced coach to go along with him.   The team has decided to promote assistant coach David Joerger to head coach, according to Kevin Arnovitz at ESPN.   Joerger has spent the past six seasons with the Grizzlies,...
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Pacers must take page out of Grizz playbook

  In the first half of Game 5, the Indiana Pacers had a field-day in the paint. Despite missing a some lay-ups, they had the lead at halftime after having their way inside against the smaller Heat. In the second half, they could barely get the ball to the post. Miami turned up the defensive pressure and the Pacer offense was finished. ’Coach...
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Hollins, Randolph beefing?

  According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the relationship between Lionel Hollins and Zach Randolph has been strained at times throughout the past season. With the Memphis Grizzlies getting swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference finals, Hollins is now officially a free agent coach. However, Lionel and Grizzlies management appear to want to stay together....
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‘Hype gone wrong’ in Memphis & Indiana

  Memphis and Indianapolis are suffering from a bad case of ’hype gone wrong’ this Memorial Day. Both teams returned home this weekend…one looking to get even in their series, the other looking to take a commanding lead.   Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals was heralded as the biggest sporting event in the history of Memphis. The comedic...
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Tony Allen fined for flop

    ‘The Grindfather’ is coming to a theatre near you.   Tony Allen made two huge free throws late in Game 2 at San Antonio, on a flagrant foul call. They were key to forcing overtime.   However, Allen also did a great sales job on the referees…and, today,  the NBA noticed.   Tony was fined $5,000...
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Despite 2-0 lead, Spurs still beatable

  I don’t care what the scoreboard or the talking bobbleheads on TV say, the Memphis Grizzlies have the Spurs right where they want them.   Lets starts with a quick history lesson. Last year, San Antonio beat the Thunder at home in their first two games in a very similar fashion. The series...
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Parker receives death threat

  The Spurs-Grizzlies series just got REAL…..   With five minutes left in the Spurs’ blowout of the Grizzlies in Game 1, a death threat was made against Tony Parker.   The Bexar County Sheriff is investigating the 911 call made in the 4th quarter of Sunday’s game.   Security was immediately increased but they determined...
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Tony Talk: Hollins should put Allen on Parker

  If you read my preview of the Spurs-Grizzlies series, then you know that I was expecting Tony Allen to guard Tony Parker in Game 1. I almost spilled my nachos when I saw Mike Conley checking Parker, mano a mano, the entire night.   Lionel Hollins, to the ire of Grizz fans, has a reputation...
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Recap: Grizzlies take it on chin in Game 1

  The San Antonio Spurs led from start to finish in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. It was a ten-point lead before Lionel Hollins could stop the bleeding. The final score was 105-83.   San Antonio was moving the ball and getting the calls. They were draining open three-pointers all night, making...
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