Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Before you say #1 "David, the Grizzlies have won 4 of their last 5. We should be celebrating instead of proposing trades." or #2 "Your Arenas trade proposal is idiotic fantasy and doesn't make sense for either team." -- Hear me out.
- The last thing the Grizzlies need is another shoot first, pass last player in their starting 5.
- The last thing the Grizzlies need is another shoot first, pass last player as their point guard.
- Did I mention he played 15 games in the past 2 seasons?
- Arenas turns the ball over a lot and rarely gets assists.
- Arenas is locked into the type of contract that Heisley avoids like John Gosselin avoids his wife.
- The Grizzlies have admitted they can't attract big name free agents (for more than 3 games anyway).
- The Grizzlies are building via the draft, but are terrible are evaluating draft prospects (see 2009 and 2007).
- Therefore, if the Grizzlies want to get a quality player, they need to take a chance on a down-on-his-luck-player with All-NBA pedigree and a team desperate / stupid enough to make it happen.
- Gilbert Arenas fits that bill.
- He's also a slight upgrade over Mike Conley at point guard.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Normally I don't write about individual games. But with all the recent negativity, I want to highlight what was easily the best game of the season.
With Stephen Jackson traded, Kelenna Azubuike out for the season, and rumors that Monta may want out, I have adjusted my proposed trade.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Only in the land of the Grizz are trade proposals that ship the team's leading scorer out of town a pleasant distraction 9 games into the season.
Monday, November 09, 2009
Remember when god chose Memphis as the city where Allen Iverson would play for the home team? (In case you forgot, it was 2 months ago on September 9th at 7:06 AM.)
Now god has sent Allen Iverson away from the team without allowing him to play one game in Memphis, and Iverson is in danger of threatening Kwame Brown's lock on Most Embarrassing Stint as a Grizzly.
|Iverson is seen here praying to the big agent in the sky.|
Of course, as was true of Brown's stint with the Grizzlies, (and almost everything about the Memphis Grizzlies) Iverson's shitshow is more about the ineptitude of the Memphis Grizzlies than the immaturity of the 34 year old guard.
First, it's despicable that the Grizzlies didn't address their expectations about Iverson's role directly with him before they signed him. He had a history of getting pissed off when asked to come off the bench, and the Grizzlies leadership had to know he might come off the bench.
Second, common sense would dictate that the coach may want to have 1:1 conversations with his players. Based on what Iverson and Coach Lionel Hollins have said in the media, it appears this possibility has escaped Hollins.
Do you like it when your manager addresses issues about your role and performance with the entire world instead of in a 1:1 meeting? No, you don't like it.
|Iverson is pictured here flipping the bird at Lionel Hollins.|
The worst part of all: The Grizzlies are a steaming pile of shit with or without Iverson. Three of the starters, OJ Mayo, Rudy Gay, and Mike Conley, are playing so poorly on defense, that none of them deserves to start.
Unfortunately, as anyone with eyeballs and a functioning brain knew 4 months ago, the bench is so terrible that, without Iverson, there's no one one to consider replacing them.
|Here's a video of the controversial starting lineup in Oakland.|
Of course, this is par for the course with the Memphis Grizzlies. Instead of maximizing their potential and winning games against less talented teams, the Grizzlies are arguing over whether the fifth best player on the team should start over the sixth best player.
The lord works in mysterious ways.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
I met Bill Simmons at Borders in San Francisco on November 5.
Later, Lakers fan Evan (wearing a Memphis Gasol jersey) had Simmons sign "I heart Kobe". Don't worry, Simmons wrote "don't" between "I" and "heart".
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
I will be leaving for the Oakland shortly to see the Grizzlies take on the Bay Area Warriors.
Monday, November 02, 2009
On Thursday, I will meet my favorite Sports writer, Bill Simmons, columnist from my least favorite Sports News Organization, ESPN.
He'll sign my copy of his book, The Book of Basketball, at Borders sometime after 7 pm.
As a result, I am proposing 2 opportunities for Bay Area Grizzlies fans.
1. For Bay Area Grizzlies Fans: Hot off the Grizzlies' victory over the Warriors on Iranian Appreciation Night (also known as Wednesday), let's show Simmons the force of Bay Area Grizzlies fans. If you're in the Bay Area, please show up at 6:30 to Borders wearing Beale Street Blue.
If I don't get any good suggestions, I will simply ask Simmons to list the pages that reference the Memphis Grizzlies since he erroneously omitted that from his index.
Other than that, I plan to ask the Sports Guy to predict whether the Grizzlies will win the NBA Championship one year after Chris Wallace leaves the organization.
I hope to see you there.