Please quit talking shit about the Memphis Grizzlies.
In almost every article you write, you mention that Memphis is terrible. Either Memphis has no fans or Memphis is "NBA Hell."
Here's why you should stop talking shit:
1. We already know the Grizzlies suck.
Memphis has the worst playoff record of any team ever (0-12). They have the worst record of any team over the past three seasons (68-178, 28%). By almost any measure of basketball success, the Grizzlies are terrible.
2. The Grizzlies are less of a clusterfuck than you think.
They're one of a few teams that didn't lose money this season.
They have the lowest payroll of any NBA team.
They have some good young players (Mayo, M. Gasol), the #2 pick, and few bad contracts on the books (Milicic, Jaric), none of which are Zach Randolph bad (despite Wallace's best efforts).
3. Gasol isn't as good as you think.
Gasol is a very good player. He's one of the best big men scorers, but he's not the second best center in the league. For one thing, he's not really a center, or if he is, then so is Amare.
Kobe is often judged by his team's accomplishments when he was the best player on the team. Consider Gasol's accomplishments when he was the best player on the an NBA team.
His team made the playoffs in three of the six full seasons in which he played in the NBA. He never won a playoff game as the best player on his team despite a supporting cast that featured players that have had success in the playoffs independent of Gasol (Battier, Wells, White Chocolate, James Posey)
That's why no one would trade for him at face value.
To look at it another way, how does Pau Gasol compare with second best players on other recent Championship teams?
He's definitely worse than Scottie Pippen, Clyde Drexler, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Garnett (or Paul Pierce).
He's in the ball park of Tony Parker
He's better than Otis Thorpe and whoever you want to pick from the 2004 Pistons.
4. The Gasol trade wasn't as bad as you think.
Yes, it was a bad trade. The Grizzlies traded an All Star Power Forward for a starting Center.
However, if you take into account the cost of each player it doesn't look so bad.
Pau Gasol's PER last season was 22.31 while Marc Gasol's was 16.74. If you divide those by salary, you get Gasol for 22.31 / 15 million = 1.5 PER points per million dollars spent.
For Marc Gasol, it's 16.74 / 3 million = 5.6 PER points per million dollars.
Sometimes you have to pay to get the best players, but Gasol wasn't taking the Grizzlies anywhere.
I can't believe you just made me try to justify the Pau Gasol trade. See what you're doing?
That brings me to my last point:
5. We already know the Grizzlies suck.
You don't need to kick us while we're down. That's what the Clippers and the Knicks are for. We already have someone from Boston to remind us of how bad we are. We don't need you too.