Editorial Results (free)
1. Grizzlies’ Kosta Koufos a Free Agent and Target of Other Teams
- Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Far behind the headlines of All-NBA First Team center Marc Gasol’s impending free agency is this 7-foot, 265-pound fact: Backup Kosta Koufos is an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Koufos again proved solid in his secondary role behind the league’s best center, averaging 5.2 points and 5.3 rebounds this season, providing good defense around the rim, and being the consummate never-make-waves teammate.
2. Grizz Make Adjustments Without Center Gasol
- Tuesday, November 26, 2013
In the immediate aftermath of All-Star center Marc Gasol’s knee injury, frontcourt mate Zach Randolph had a simple plan.
“Man, praying, praying,” Randolph said after Gasol limped off the FedExForum court during the Friday, Nov. 22, game won by the San Antonio Spurs. “Need him.”
3. Grit ‘N’ Grind Lives On in Memphis
- Thursday, July 4, 2013
With apologies to the Rolling Stones, the Grizzlies’ off-season is its own lesson on the difference between what you want and what you need.
As yet, that much-desired pure 3-point shooter has not parachuted into Memphis. But the Grizzlies did what they needed to do, retaining free agent guard and fan favorite Tony Allen; reportedly, they have agreed in principle to a four-year, $20 million guaranteed contract.
4. Z-Bo, Defense Bolster Grizz in Win
- Friday, April 26, 2013
In Game 1 in Los Angeles, the Grizzlies were missing in action. In Game 2, they were just good enough to lose by two points.
So Game 3 Thursday night at FedExForum provided a choice: win or try to become the first team in NBA history to rally from a 0-3 deficit to win a best-of-seven playoff series.
5. Nothing Too Absurd With These Grizz
- Friday, January 25, 2013
Trade 40 percent of your bench to Cleveland, play the Lakers the next night, and everything will be just fine. The Fakers are so bad they might not beat El Segundo Middle School at their gym.
But so what? Teams that make trades to avoid the luxury tax – small-market beggars – can’t be choosers. So the Grizzlies graciously accept the 106-93 victory, marvel at the 27-14 record and No. 4 spot in the Western Conference standings, and do all they can do to keep it going.
6. Opening Game Not Necessarily Preview Of Grizz Season
- Friday, November 2, 2012
So on the first day of their new NBA season, the Grizzlies picked up where they left off – losing an intense, physical game in Los Angeles on Halloween night to the Clippers. It was a game that, quite honestly, did not look or feel like a regular-season game.
7. A Season for More
- Monday, October 29, 2012
Last season, the Grizzlies made the playoffs and even earned home-court advantage for their first-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Last season, the Tigers made the NCAA Tournament after winning the regular season and tournament Conference USA championships.
8. Grizz Bench, Outside Shooting Hitting Stride
- Friday, October 26, 2012
Don’t make too much of the preseason. That’s a mantra that has been well-tested. But also, don’t make too little of the preseason.
The Memphis Grizzlies finally addressed their need for more outside shooting – enter Wayne Ellington – and a viable backup point guard – welcome Jerryd Bayless. Through the team’s first seven preseason games, the newcomers have been adjusting to their new team and the team has been adjusting to them. The final preseason game, on Friday, Oct. 26, will bear no resemblance to what is to come in the regular season because Coach Lionel Hollins has said he’s giving the team’s key players the night off, or at least most of the night off.
9. Grizzlies Must Answer Many Difficult Offseason Questions
- Friday, May 18, 2012
In the world of sports talk radio, improving the Grizzlies would be easy. As easy as, say, “Eddie from East Memphis” calling in and suggesting the Grizzlies ship Dante Cunningham, Jeremy Pargo and Quincy Pondexter to the Oklahoma City Thunder for James Harden.
10. Grizz Proving It’s No ‘One-and-Done’ Team
- Friday, April 20, 2012
If last season culminated with the unanticipated “Believe Memphis” playoff run, then this Grizzlies season has been full of opportunities for concern and panic – your basic building blocks for widespread disbelief.
11. Grizzlies Sitting Pretty Heading Into Break
- Wednesday, February 22, 2012
The coach was greedy because, well, when are coaches not greedy?
“I would have been happier at 20-14,” Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said after his team finished the first half of the season Tuesday night with an 89-76 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers at FedExForum. “But at 19-15, our heads are above water and we’re in the thick of the playoff race.”
12. Grizzlies Show Fatigue As Season Grinds On
- Friday, February 10, 2012
This isn’t the San Antonio Spurs’ first rodeo, so spare them the tales of woe over the lockout-shortened season, its compressed schedule and more back-to-back games.
If any other NBA team wants to complain about the schedule, well, it is a free country. But understand: On Monday, Feb. 6, the Spurs started their annual “Rodeo Road Trip” with an 89-84 victory over the Grizzlies at FedExForum. It was just the first of nine straight road games – covering 7,941 miles – due to the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo taking over their arena.
13. Grizz Struggling Without Z-Bo As MLK Game Approaches
- Friday, January 13, 2012
It’s almost cruel. At a time when the Grizzlies are playing without their best player, power forward Zach Randolph, NBA legends George Gervin and Clyde Drexler are coming to FedExForum.
Drexler and Gervin are being honored on Monday, Jan. 16, for their contributions to civil rights as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. There’s also the matter of the Grizzlies’ nationally televised noon tip-off with the Bulls, the team that handed them a 40-point loss in Chicago earlier this season. So imagine if the Grizzlies could sneak “Clyde the Glide” and Gervin, aka “The Iceman,” into uniform and find a way to make the years magically melt away for a couple of hours.
14. Lakers Beat Grizzlies for 6th Straight Home Win
- Monday, January 9, 2012
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Kobe Bryant says the Los Angeles Lakers' early-season schedule has been every bit as brutal as they expected, forcing them to learn coach Mike Brown's system on the job rather than in practice.
15. Grizzlies Out to Prove Last Year was No Fluke
- Friday, December 23, 2011
Coaches always see a bigger picture. So it is that Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins bristles at any suggestion that his team took its big step forward in last season’s playoffs – the implication being that this snapshot of two series and 13 games does not do the Grizzlies’ success in 2010-2011 full justice.
16. Grizzlies Think Big With Gay Healthy, Core Intact
- Thursday, December 22, 2011
MEMPHIS (AP) – With Marc Gasol signed and Rudy Gay healed, the Memphis Grizzlies are thinking and talking big.
The focus is now on winning titles, not just a playoff game.
"It's obvious that as a team, we have a lot of optimism. We feel like we have a team to make a run at a championship," point guard Mike Conley said.
17. Grizzlies' Darrell Arthur Out With Torn Achilles
- Wednesday, December 21, 2011
MEMPHIS (AP) – Memphis forward Darrell Arthur will miss the season after an MRI exam confirmed a torn right Achilles tendon.
18. Grizzlies Hope to Reward City With Parade
- Friday, December 16, 2011
If you can’t be a little naïve and overly optimistic before the season starts, then when can you?
Yes, the NBA lockout delayed the start of the season – to Dec. 26 in San Antonio for the Grizzlies – and shortened the schedule to 66 games.