Thursday, July 30, 2009

JWill Reloaded

It's like the Grizzlies see an opening with the Clippers recent good fortune to solidify their place as the unrivaled ass of NBA.

The only conceivable reason I can think of for signing a washed up Jason Williams is to prove to the league that Marko Jaric isn't the worst backup point guard of all time.

Even taking to time to watch Williams work out is a personal insult to every Grizzlies fan.

He couldn't guard 75% of point guards in the league during his prime.

Why is it that the Grizzlies insist on only making moves that everyone else who cares about basketball thinks are ridiculous?

Now that the Grizzlies have dropped Hakim Warrick, I should be reading rumors about the Grizzlies' discussions with David Lee's agent about bringing him in as our third big man at a discount.

Instead I am reading this garbage. This idea of signing Jason Williams is a joke.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Grizzlies Interested in the Williams Sisters

It looks like the Grizzlies are about to sign summer league veteran Marcus Williams and are in talks with YouTube sensation Jason Williams.

Chris Wallace "confirmed" interest in Jason Williams with a slip of the tongue on the Chris Vernon Show today.

I can understand taking a chance on a young point guard who hasn't lived up to expectations and may be hungry to prove he's legit.

However, Jason Williams makes no sense. He's not even the best washed up guard available.

If the Grizzlies wanted a point guard who can't guard anyone in the league or shoot from outside, but makes flashy passes, maybe they should have drafted Ricky Rubio or not traded Williams for a washed up Eddie Jones.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Rudy Gay and OJ Mayo Compete to Join Team USA

The Las Vegas Sun has an interesting read about Rudy Gay's performance in Team USA's mini-camp in Vegas.

There are details about Gay's performances as well as comments from Mayo about how Gay has been a mentor and comments from Kevin Love about how Gay can play 4 positions.

The unintentional comedy quote of the article is: “He shot the ball very well,” said White teammate O.J. Mayo.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Hakim Warrick Gone

According to ESPN, the Grizzlies have withdrawn Hakim Warrick's qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent.

What's more surprising is that none of the local media have reported or commented on the news even though I read it 4 hours ago. Apparently Ron Tillery is on vacation, Geoff Calkins is focused on college football, and Chris Herrington is eating pizza.

For the Grizzlies, this means they're likely severing ties with the forward and preparing to acquire another player via free agency or trade.

Currently, the Grizzlies have 11 players under contract assuming all three rookies are signed, so they have to acquire at least one more player.

OJ Mayo and I both hope that player is Allen Iverson, who will be more entertaining that any other player the Grizzlies could possibly sign.

However, if you were Allen Iverson, why on earth would you play for the Grizzlies?

Unless you were broke because you managed to spend 150 million dollars in the last 10 years.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Randolph Arrives in Memphis

When Randolph gets that first suspension, just remember that all we gave up was Darko.

I also think that, a year from now, we'll be happy we didn't sign Milsap or David Lee.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Grizzlies Summer League

The NBA has decided to that since fans weren't willing to pay to attend games this past season, maybe they'd be willing to pay $10 to stream a shitty feed of bad basketball on the internet.

As a result, I haven't had the chance to see the Grizzlies dominate in the only league where they know how.

If it were me, I'd probably use the Summer league to generate ticket sales. I can imagine getting excited about watching Blake Griffin dunk on draft busts from 3 years ago and deciding, mistakenly, to throw down for some Clippers tickets.

I guess that's why I'm not in charge of the NBA's marketing strategy.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

AI: The Answer to Our Questions

Allen Iverson wants to play for the Grizzlies? Why wouldn't he? The Grizzlies are the only team that gives him the chance to pair with Zach Randolph.

And AI is the star of one of my favorite YouTube videos:

For the right price, I would take a chance on the future Hall of Famer. The Grizzlies should have acquired him when Denver traded for him.

He would certainly give Chris Wallace the opportunity to prove that he's willing to give Mike Conley's minutes to someone else.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Zach Randolph, The Best NBA Player Out of Michigan State Since Magic

It has been reported that after my post making a case for acquiring Zach Randolph, the Grizzlies acquired Zach Randolph.

There's no question that there is a huge risk involved when you trade for a player like Zach Randolph. However, when what you're gambling with is Darko Milicic, Quentin Richardson, and the potential to sign David Lee or Paul Milsap, you have to roll the dice.

Darko and Quentin are terrible. They bring almost no value to the Grizzlies on the court.

Darko's main benefit was unintentional comedy, and Randolph may very well exceed Darko in this regard.

Lee and Milsap are one hit wonders. They may have great years next year, but there's also a chance last season was an outlier for each.

David Lee has averaged more than 11 points per game exactly one of his 4 seasons playing for a terrible Knicks team, and his best season was in a system that made Shawn Marion look like Oscar Robertson.

Similarly, Milsap scored more than 8 points (13.5) in one of his three seasons.

There's a possibility Randolph won't be the answer either, but his resume is certainly better than those guys'. (By the way, all three players were about equal last year as measured by John Hollinger's PER.)

What's the worst he can do? Make the Grizzlies worse?

In the least, he should give the Grizzlies guards some room to operate on offense.

So I'm not mad the Grizzlies made the deal. even if they missed out on the "David Lee Sweepstakes". This is the type of gamble the Grizzlies have to make. Get something for nothing.