Thursday I depart for my semi-frequent trip to Vegas, staying at the Signature MGM Grand.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Pau returning to Memphis. Kobe's first game back. NBA TV HD. First time trying the new Dominos Pizza. Watching the game 2 hours late on the West Coast.That's the perfect combo for Live DVR Blogging. Let's get to it.
McHale is wearing a Marc Gasol jersey, and Jose has put my order in the oven. This is shaping up to be a good night.
Conley just put the worst Laker FG shooter on the free throw line 13 seconds into the game. He continues to amaze.The commentators are Pete Pranica and some guy named Hank. Where is Sean Tuoy? By the way, Pete is heating up: "Conley playing hide-n-seek." or " Conley rings the bell." or "Nothing but sweet string music for Mayo."Lots of cheers for the Kobe Bryant after the free throw. These fans make me sick.4 minute mark: Conley missed layup count 1.End of First: 27-16 Lakers
Haddadi sighting. Assist, block, scores. Already playing as well as any Grizzly not names Gasol.9 minutes: HADDADI: and 1. The first of the season?7 minutes: Farmar alley-oop tp Bynum. The crowd erupts.6 minutes: Sam Young makes a 3. Don't encourage him.5 minutes: Haddadi at the free throw line, and the pizza has arrived.Initial take on Domino's: A step up, but not as good as Papa John's.Just got a text from reader John: "I want to die." I hope he's talking about Camby's injury. Note ot John: DON'T TEXT ME ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES.1 minute: Mbenga in the game before Thabeet. Trivia question: Who draft selection what Mbenga?
9 minutes: Conley missed layup count: 2.8 minutes: Kobe blocked. Mayo with a fast break dunk. The Laker bigs look terrible. This pizza is getting better.5 minutes: Rudy Gay blocks Gasol underneath, and Fisher gets a 3. Definitely worth it.3 minutes: Pete's back into it. I think he just said "Bango" after a Mayo 3.2 minutes: Was just about to compliment Conley for the steals, then he threw it to Kobe. Memphis up 7.1 minute: Pete informs us the Z-bo has just passed Pau for most offensive rebounds in 1 season.Grizzlies up at the end of the third. At this point, John's text must be related to something else. There's no way the Grizzlies blow this.
POSTGAMEHaddadi picks up the 5th foul on Bynum. Trivia question: What draft selection was Haddadi?7 minutes: Grizzlies up 9. Almost too nervous to live DVR blog. I was never this nervous when they sucked.Pau Gasol missed a free throw with less than 5 in the fourth. Is this 2005?3 minutes: McHale, Webber, and EJ ripping on Artest. 1-9, and a badly missed 3 pointer. Also, Lakers have missed 5 free throws, including 4 straight.2 minutes: Bryant 3, and Gay drives to the hole, with Bynum fouling out. Gay: 1-2 at the line.1:40: Technical on Lionel Hollins: "I want to die."1 minute: Conley missed layup count: 3. (It was more like a 8 footer.) "I WANT TO DIE."OJ MAYO missed free throws. "I WANT TO DIE."Laker ball 8.8 left. Down 2. "I WANT TO DIE."Kobe for 3. Wide open. Mayo still thinking about his missed free throws. The crowd erupts. "I WANT TO DIE."Mayo misses. "I want to die."
Saddest part of the Grizzlies' season is their 1st playoff win won't come against Pau. They match up as well against the Lakers as any other playoff team: bad point guard, bad 3 forward offensively, bad bench, bigs who play down low, but aren't terribly physical. Would have been a good series.
For those of you looking for audio of the post game presser, where Hollins yells at Jarvis Greer, listen here: http://www.grizzliesonline.com/index.php/calendar/event/grizzlies_vs._lakers3/
Saturday, February 20, 2010
The Grizzlies lose in double-overtime at home to the Miami Heat with Dwayne Wade in street clothes, and Ronnie Brewer goes down with a Hamstring injury in his first game as a Grizzly. What a great way to start the weekend.
|This is what Ronnie Brewer looks like in street clothes sitting on a bench.|
Despite the injury, the trade was, for once, about improving the team rather than solely about the bottom line (though it was still conservative from a cost perspective). The Grizzlies took advantage of a team looking to cut costs, and gave up very little in the process. It's like opposite day in Memphis.
- Zach Randolph is a poor defender.
- Zach Randolph is a poor perimeter defender.
- Zach Randolph was getting torched by Michael Beasley.
- Zach Randolph had 5 fouls.
- Other teams have taken advantage of Zach Randolph in late game situations. (eg Charlotte)
- The Grizzlies could have called a timeout to get Zach Randolph back in the game on offense.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Dear Michael Heisley and the Memphis Grizzlies,
Friday, February 12, 2010
One of the last places where unions and employers still negotiate the terms of employment is professional sports. (It turns out that most employees in America can be replaced more easily than LeBron James for example.) During All Star Weekend those negotiations heated up as the players and owners sat down to discuss a new collective bargaining agreement.
"Ultimately, it seems, the union wants to discuss some form of revenue sharing in which small-market teams would be propped up by larger-market teams which have higher television revenue and gate receipts. That would replicate the NFL's model, which has been largely successful because of enormous television revenue."
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Regardless of the outcome of this season, the Grizzlies have developed a style of play with which they can win basketball games. That style is characterized by rebounding, toughness, and inside scoring.
|Who am I to question the judgement of the folks who drafted Hasheem Thabeet when he was a consensus bust BEFORE they drafted him?|
|Rudy Gay, The Knicks' 2011 All Star|
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
I'm not a huge fan of the All Star Game. I just don't care that much, and I'd rather see spectacular plays when it matters. That said, I'd definitely watch Saturday night's competitions if if only 7+ footers were eligible. What, you wouldn't prefer to watch Thabeet vs Mbenda in the Skills Competition?
Anyway, I thought I'd pay homage to Zach Randolph's trip to the All Star Game by listing all the Grizzlies' All Star selections in sequential order.
|Player||Year ||Win %||PER ||MPG||FG%||FT%||RPG||APG||PPG|
|Pau Gasol||2006 ||.598||22.76 ||39.2||.503||.689||8.9||4.6||20.4|