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1. No Time to Rest: NBA Has a Problem
- Friday, March 24, 2017
We know from Genesis 2:2 that on the seventh day God finished his creation and rested. So everybody needs rest.
Of course, there is no mention of changing time zones in that passage. Nor anything about the challenge of creating on the second night of a back-to-back.
2. As Rookie NBA Head Coach, Grizzlies’ David Fizdale Earns Acclaim
- Friday, February 24, 2017
He has been forthright – with his players and when speaking with the media. First-year Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale doesn’t go in for verbal gymnastics or political double-talk.
Nor does he worry about appearances. He cancelled shoot-arounds on game days multiple times right before the All-Star break because he believed his veteran guys could use the rest. A more paranoid coach, a less assured man, might have worried about the fallout if the results were not good.
3. Grizz Hit All-Star Break With Loss, But Their Goals Are Within Reach
- Friday, February 17, 2017
After he had answered the obligatory questions about the Grizzlies’ ugly 95-91 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans in the last game before the All-Star break, coach David Fizdale spoke to the big picture: “We’re in good position.”
4. Warriors Get Revenge against Grizzlies 122-107
- Monday, February 13, 2017
Maybe it was as simple as the law of probabilities.
“They weren’t losing three times in a row,” Tony Allen said after the Golden State Warriors came into FecExForum and beat the Grizzlies 122-107 Friday night, Feb. 10.
5. Growing Pains
- Saturday, December 24, 2016
First came the ho-hum start that left open the possibility the Grizzlies’ harshest critics might be right: This season could be the fast-forwarded beginning of an end, a sad narrative that could leave the Grizzlies on the outside of the postseason after a thrilling six-year run.
6. Conley + Parsons = Renewed Belief for Grizz
- Friday, July 08, 2016
At the end of his essay for the playerstribune.com, in which free agent Mike Conley discussed why he returned to Memphis on a five-year max contract worth $153 million, he wrote the following:
“I feel like everything that’s happened during my career has led up to this point. This is the launching point. This is just the beginning. It’s time to get to work. It’s time to #BelieveMemphis.”
7. 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?
8. Joerger and Grizzlies Both had the Itch
- Monday, May 09, 2016
If Dave Joerger and the Memphis Grizzlies had been a married couple, they would have been those unsettled spouses forever undercutting each other in dinner party conversations, rolling their eyes, and smiling fake “we really do love each other smiles” while checking out all the other guests.
9. Dave Joerger: The NBA’s Invisible Man
- Friday, April 29, 2016
Congratulations to Golden State’s Steve Kerr. You can’t say he wasn’t a worthy recipient for NBA Coach of the Year.
10. Warriors Beat Grizzlies for Record 73rd Win; Now It's the Alamo
- Friday, April 15, 2016
When the Grizzlies nearly beat the Golden State Warriors at FedExForum a few nights ago, falling 100-99, there was that feeling of letting one slip away (and yes, some people believe the officials took it away).
11. Remember the Warriors? Yes, as Long as They Win It All
- Friday, April 08, 2016
The Golden State Warriors may not break, or even tie, the Chicago Bulls’ 72-10 record from the 1995-96 season. By the time you read this, if it is after the San Antonio Spurs play at Oracle Arena on Thursday night, April 7, the mathematics for shattering the record may have turned on them.
12. Warriors, Curry Too Much For Grizzlies – And Everyone Else So Far
- Friday, November 13, 2015
Stephen Curry had seen this game before, in this building, in the playoffs and in the regular season. The Memphis Grizzlies were trying to do what they always try to do – drag a high-powered offensive machine such as the Golden State Warriors into the mud and not let them get up.
13. 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.
14. Stephen & LeBron: Destined to Cross Paths?
- Thursday, July 02, 2015
When NBA MVP Stephen (pronounced Steff’n) Curry was in high school, he attended a basketball camp sponsored by LeBron James. The first time LeBron saw Steph, though, was in March 2008. James’s Cleveland Cavaliers were playing the Detroit Pistons, a night game. That afternoon LeBron showed up at Ford Field, with 53,000 others.
15. Every Year’s Different, and 2015 Belongs to Golden State Warriors
- Friday, June 19, 2015
It went six games, Golden State winning 105-97 in Cleveland to give the Warriors their first NBA championship in 40 years, Andre Iguodala winning the series MVP, and LeBron James saying he didn’t know if this loss hurt more than his three others in the NBA Finals.
16. Reality Change
- Saturday, May 23, 2015
“The ecosystem of the team is always live and is always shifting. You have to be able to adjust with whatever the situation might be at the time.”
– Marc Gasol
Roll those words from Marc Gasol over in your mind. Hold them up to the light so you can see them from every possible angle, so you can find hope, fear, inspiration, desperation and, last but not least, ambiguity and mystery.
17. Painful Lesson: Grizzlies Make Warriors Better
- Friday, May 15, 2015
There was so much that the Golden State Warriors did not have to be taught. They did, after all, win 67 games in the regular season. They swept the New Orleans Pelicans out of the first round and coach Monty Williams out of his job.
18. On the Menu
- Wednesday, May 13, 2015
When Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr turned up for dinner at the Majestic Grille Friday night, it wasn’t as the guy in charge of the team trying to put a stop to the Memphis Grizzlies’ championship ambitions.
19. Warriors Make Adjustments to Even Series With Grizzlies
- Tuesday, May 12, 2015
In Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger’s mind there is a magic number, and that number is 100, as in points.
The Grizzlies were far from that number in losing Game 4 101-84 to the Golden State Warriors Monday, May 11, at FedExForum as Stephen Curry lived up to his MVP status with 33 points. The series shifts to Oakland for Game 5 Wednesday night, May 13, all even at 2-2.
20. Grizzlies Enjoy 2-1 Series Lead Over Warriors
- Monday, May 11, 2015
For hours, the cheering inside FedExForum had off and on sounded like so many jet airplanes – a tribute, perhaps, to Memphis International Airport pitchman Tony Allen.
21. Grizz Aim to Make Memorable Win the Start of Long, Grinding Series
- Friday, May 08, 2015
They have made a memory. No matter what happens going forward, the Memphis Grizzlies have earned a measure of respect that cannot be stripped away like Tony Allen taking the ball from Klay Thompson.
22. Predicting the NBA Playoffs: LeBron Doesn’t Win Another Ring
- Friday, April 17, 2015
Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger, when asked to offer an opinion on the most deserving candidate for NBA Most Valuable Player, recoiled, laughed, and took a pass.
“I’m not touching that one,” he said. “Might be seeing some of those jokers in the next couple of weeks.”
23. Gasol Keeps Grizzlies at Home for Game 1 of Playoffs
- Thursday, April 16, 2015
Why not make Fan Appreciation Night simple?
Maybe that’s the question center Marc Gasol asked himself before going out and, despite a sprained ankle, scoring a career-high 33 points, pulling down 13 rebounds, and letting go a happy expletive after a sweet fade-away jumper didn’t even touch net.
24. Grizzlies’ Worries Shouldn’t Include Tony’s Temper
- Friday, March 06, 2015
What, you expected this Grizzlies season to be all wine and roses? Or in the Memphis vernacular, all microbrew and barbecue?
The NBA season does not work like that. Not even for the really, really good teams.
25. 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.
26. Grizzlies Halt Golden State’s Streak
- Wednesday, December 17, 2014
For the starters, the best part of Tuesday night’s statement win at FedExForum came while they were on the bench.
A 20-0 run to start the second quarter – all the points coming from the Grizzlies’ reserves – turned this showdown between the two best teams in the NBA into a 105-98 victory as Memphis (20-4) stopped the Golden State Warriors’ franchise-record 16-game winning streak.
27. 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.
28. Legislature to Explore Annexation Votes
- Tuesday, August 13, 2013
The Tennessee legislature has put a moratorium on annexations, and even if the moratorium wasn’t in place, the Memphis City Council hasn’t been anxious to annex any territory beyond South Cordova for several years.
29. 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.
30. Federal Lawsuit Seeks One Count Of Consolidation Votes
- Friday, October 08, 2010
Eight Shelby County voters have filed suit in Memphis federal court against Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper, the Shelby County Election Commission and Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett to throw out the requirement that a consolidation charter must pass in two separate votes on the Nov. 2 ballot.
31. Corker Justifies Bailout Vote
- Wednesday, October 29, 2008
As lawmakers scrambled over the last several months to deal with the fallout of the plunging U.S. economy, Tennessee’s junior senator quietly established himself as a force to be reckoned with among key decision makers.
32. Archived Article: Comm Briefs
- Friday, August 20, 1999
Memphis Charitable Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by Pat Kerr Tigrett to support Memphis music through scholarships and sponsorships, has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Isaac Hayes Scholarship Fund at Manassas High School Memphis Chari...