Editorial Results (free)
1. In a Players’ League, a Coach Is Captive to His Roster
- Friday, May 20, 2016
As the Memphis Grizzlies continue The Great Coach Search, it’s fair to ask this basic, and at some level, almost offensive, question:
Does it really matter that much?
Specifically, will the next Grizzlies’ coach, be he a veteran like former Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel (which appears more unlikely all the time), or an untested current NBA assistant, ultimately determine the direction of the franchise?
2. Grizzlies Sign KD in Free Agency, Trade Mike Conley? No, Don’t Think So
- Monday, February 15, 2016
So there’s a national report out there saying the Memphis Grizzlies will make a strong play to sign free agent Kevin Durant after the season.
3. Life Without Marc? Yes, and Grizz Still Have Something to Play For
- Friday, February 12, 2016
In their first game after learning their franchise player had fractured his right foot and would be lost to the team indefinitely – and yes, perhaps for the rest of the season – the Grizzlies reacted just the way that was needed: They went out to Brooklyn and demolished the hapless Nets before starting their All-Star break.
4. So Far, Grizzlies Fail the Eye Test
- Friday, December 11, 2015
In this day and time we hear a lot about statistics and analytics vs. the eye test.
It’s a discussion we have throughout the season when debating the College Football Playoff rankings, and when arguing about the seeding that sets our brackets for March Madness.
5. Grizzlies Know Survive and Advance Isn’t Just a Motto for Postseason
- Friday, December 11, 2015
When the Memphis Grizzlies saw their 2015-16 schedule, they knew from season’s start to mid-December would be especially challenging.
Or to be blunt about it: dangerous and potentially disastrous if the injury bug had bitten hard.
6. Together Again
- Saturday, October 24, 2015
To look ahead to next season, we must first go back to last season. To that heady time when the Grizzlies held a 2-1 series lead over the Golden State Warriors in the NBA’s Western Conference semifinals.
7. Scheduled Good Times: The Next Grizzlies Season
- Friday, August 14, 2015
Turns out, Marc Gasol was wrong.
“I don’t think LeBron is coming through that door anytime soon,” Gasol said after the end of last season.
But in fact LeBron James, albeit wearing a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform, will come through the doors at FedExForum for the 2015-16 season opener on Wednesday, Oct. 28.
8. Gasol Back in Fold, Grizzlies Still In Thick of Tough Western Conference
- Friday, July 10, 2015
There were a few mildly uneasy days between the arrival of Grizzlies controlling owner Robert Pera in Spain and the news that, yes, All-Star center Marc Gasol would indeed re-sign with the team. And not just for a short-term deal, but a five-year max contract (about $113 million) with a player option after the fourth year.
9. Dream Season
- Saturday, February 07, 2015
The Grizzlies had just defeated the rival Oklahoma City Thunder before a loud sellout crowd in The Grindhouse and Jerry “The King” Lawler had defended his Memphis championship wrestling belt, albeit with an assist from the Grizzlies’ crack game operations staff.
10. Grizzlies Part of Crowded Western Conference Race
- Monday, October 27, 2014
Calling it the Wild West just doesn't do it justice anymore.
The NBA's Western Conference is brutal. It's loaded with talent. And the eight teams that make it through a gruelingly competitive regular season to reach the playoffs will only find slugging their way to the NBA Finals even more daunting.
11. NBA Fuels Fans’ Suspicion of Game Fixing
- Friday, May 09, 2014
Just so there is no misunderstanding, let me answer this question first:
Do I believe NBA Playoff games are actually fixed?
No, I do not. I don’t think that Commissioner Adam Silver now, or David Stern before him, is sitting in the rafters of NBA arenas and pulling strings that make puppets, er, officials, blow whistles when someone deigns to breathe on LeBron James or Kevin Durant.
12. Thunder's 'Easy Points' Take Grizz Down 104-84
- Friday, May 02, 2014
In a season dedicated to doing things the hard way, the Memphis Grizzlies are now face-to-face with a Game 7 on Saturday in Oklahoma City.
Able to survive blowing leads, able to win three of four overtime games to take a 3-2 series lead over the No. 2 seed Thunder, the Grizzlies could not stomach their fleeting prosperity. In fact, they could not even make Game 6 Thursday night on their home court anything close to competitive.
13. Grizzlies Look to Clinch Tight Series
- Thursday, May 01, 2014
Through five playoff games, four overtimes and three wins in overtime, the Memphis Grizzlies have played fast and loose with opportunities.
Big leads have evaporated – see that 20-point advantage in the third quarter of Game 5 at Oklahoma City Tuesday night – and late leads have been squandered – see that five-point cushion with about a minute to go in the Game 4 loss at FedExForum.
14. Best of Three
- Tuesday, April 29, 2014
After the Game 3 victory in overtime, Tony Allen made it plain that the Grizzlies were all about stopping Oklahoma City stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
15. Grizz Overcome Adversity, Go Up 2-1
- Friday, April 25, 2014
During one reality-defying stretch in the first half, Tony Allen and Beno Udrih scored 18 straight points for the Memphis Grizzlies.
16. Grizz Nation Rallies Around Entire Team
- Friday, April 25, 2014
It was a natural enough question, but if you’re a Grizzlies fan you had to love the answer.
On Wednesday, April 23, a day before Game 3 of the Grizzlies’ first-round series with Oklahoma City, a visiting reporter asked Tony Allen (who played at Oklahoma State) if he was finding extra motivation from playing the Thunder.
17. Allen, Grizz Ready for Thunder’s Adjustments
- Thursday, April 24, 2014
If Kevin Durant is Superman then Tony Allen is … that’s right, kryptonite. At least that was the contention in at least one Internet headline after Allen rendered Durant mortal in the Grizzlies’ overtime win in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series at Oklahoma City.
18. Joerger Still Floating After Epic Game 2
- Wednesday, April 23, 2014
About 12 hours after the Memphis Grizzlies’ epic 111-105 overtime victory at Oklahoma City Monday, April 21, in Game 2 of a first-round Western Conference Playoff series, coach Dave Joerger was still trying to find his voice.
19. No Bluffing
- Saturday, April 19, 2014
Each season the last home game at FedExForum is Fan Appreciation Night and a Grizzlies’ player is charged with grabbing the microphone and walking to center court to say a few words before tip-off.
20. Injury Bug Has Grizz Fans Crying in Beers
- Friday, December 13, 2013
The Oklahoma City Thunder had Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The Memphis Grizzlies had Jamaal Franklin and Nick Calathes.
21. Redbirds Proving Key Role in ‘Cardinal Way’
- Tuesday, October 15, 2013
The St. Louis Cardinals had just wrapped up one playoff series and were headed to the National League Championship Series with a roster mainly comprised of homegrown players.
There was rookie pitcher Michael Wacha, who had flirted with no-hitters in the regular season and in the NL Division Series. There was first baseman Matt “Big City” Adams, who stepped into the void created by Allen Craig’s foot injury. And there was 23-year-old Trevor Rosenthal, who was thrust into that all-important closer’s role late in the season.
22. Grizzlies Must Maintain ‘Thirsty Dog’ Mentality
- Friday, May 10, 2013
As the Grizzlies’ series with the Oklahoma City Thunder shifted to Memphis for Game 3 on Saturday, May 11, the Grizzlies found themselves in much better position than during the Clippers’ series.
Instead of staring up at a 0-2 deficit, their Game 2 victory tied the series 1-1 and has allowed them the possibility to advance to the Western Conference Finals just by winning three games at FedExForum.
23. Grizzlies Trying to Create Season to Remember
- Friday, May 03, 2013
Disappointments past can set up unmitigated joy in the present. At its best, that’s how this whole sports fandom thing works.
You invest yourself emotionally (yes, perhaps financially, too) and if you hold the stock (your loyalty) long enough, there’s a nice payoff.
24. Grizzlies Proving Their Brand is Winning Games
- Friday, March 22, 2013
The long-term benefits of the Grizzlies’ 90-89 overtime win against the Oklahoma City Thunder, if there are any, won’t be known for a while. The Western Conference playoff standings are ever-changeable.
25. Westbrook, Durant Lead Thunder Over Grizzlies
- Wednesday, January 11, 2012
MEMPHIS (AP) – Russell Westbrook couldn't hit a shot last time he faced the Memphis Grizzlies.
26. Business of Barbecue
- Friday, May 13, 2011
The Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is moving its celebration of a fine plate of pork from its established home in Tom Lee Park to Tiger Lane at the Mid-South Fairgrounds this year.
27. Southern Heritage Classic Founder Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
- Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Fred Jones has received the Arthur S. Holmon Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Memphis Black Student Association.