Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Lionel Hollins, Amare, and HORSE

The Lionel Hollins era is here. Hollins hasn't transformed the team into a playoff contender yet. His team barely beat a New Orleans team that started Ryan Bowen. 


However, he has shown that coaching matters, and he has exposed what many thought all along: Iavaroni was doing a terrible job. 

The Grizzlies have been unimpressive at times under Hollins, even when they win. Despite that, I like what I see so far.  They're playing like a team, on offense and defense. Conley has been reborn, and even Milicic, in limited time, has looked good. 

More important, they are winning. That's all I can ask.

AMARE

I was going to write a post about how the Grizzlies should trade for Amare Stoudemire, but then I saw that Memphis Flyer writer, Chris Herrington already covered the issue.

I will go on record: The Grizzlies should trade for Stoudemire.

I agree that they shouldn't trade Mayo. Other than that, pretty much any deal would upgrade the team. 

By the way, the Suns are looking for cap relief and young players. Why can't the Grizzlies replicate what the Lakers did last year to get Gasol?

It would be nice to see the Grizzlies trade peanuts for an All Star for a change. 

The obvious answer is that the market for Stoudemire is more competitive.  

I'll give the Suns the #1 pick unprotected and the Laker's pick if I get to keep Conley, Mayo, and Gay.

MAYO TO PLAY H-O-R-S-E

OJ Mayo will play h-o-r-s-e this weekend. I like both that the NBA is taking a chance on this game and that Mayo is participating. 

It may take a few years for this competition to click, but I have a feeling it will eventually surpass the Skills challenge and whatever the 3 0n 3 game is called.

The next step is for the league to institute a game of knockout competition for the league's twelth men. 

Seriously, every team should send the player with the current lowest scoring average to play a round of knockout. 

Order is determined by team record, where the player from the best team goes first.

Who wouldn't love to see Fabricio Oberto slap Malik Rose's ball up into the stands? It could be the perfect end to Calvin Booth's career.

8 comments:

John said...

Wow you actually made me laugh out loud with the knockout idea. We need to make it happen. Nest lunch I have with George Shinn I will bring it up.

Justin said...

David Jones the knockout idea is the best I've ever heard!!

Sam said...

I would gladly give up Gay, Conley, and Warrick to get Amare. You?

Sam said...

http://www.voteoj.com/

hcavens said...

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/15/magazine/15Battier-t.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1

check it out

Sam said...

Chad Ford: I know we have basically written off any chance of an Amare Stoudemire trade at this point. But I found it interesting that a Memphis source insisted to me that the Grizzlies had some dialogue with the Phoenix Suns as recently as Wednesday about Stoudemire. According to the source, he Suns continue to insist that Rudy Gay be in any deal for Stoudemire. The Grizzlies won't give up Gay, I'm told. It makes you wonder, though, if the Suns are still talking to other teams.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?page=TradeTalkRoundup-090218

Sam said...

Just what was needed - another crappy draft pick:

"Marc Stein: Looks like we have a fairly significant three-way deal that has been submitted to the league just before the trade deadline.

NBA front-office sources tell ESPN.com that Orlando is acquiring Rafer Alston from Houston to fill the void created at point guard by Jameer Nelson's shoulder injury.

The Rockets will receive Memphis guard Kyle Lowry, Orlando forward Brian Cook and perhaps two other minimum-salaried players to make the finances work.

The Grizzlies will receive a first-round pick from Orlando"

David Jones said...

Really happy we got Adonal Foyle.

Wish something more drastic happened.

Who are we going to get with a 25+ draft pick...