Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Really,Tell Me

Tell me the Truth, how many of you Grizzlie fans out there are really Grizzlie fans?

How many of you fans jumped on the band wagon because of the play off birth this past season?

For those of you who followed Memphis all season, when did you become a Grizzlie Fan?

How and why did you become a Grizzlie fan?

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Draft

After the draft lottery, the Memphis Grizzlies have been slotted to the #19 spot for their first round pick. Our 48th pick is going to Seattle.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Ron Artest

There has been talk whether Ron Artest would help out the Grizzlies. Personally, I don’t think this is where we should be pursuing new talent. We already have Pau Gasol, who would have to move to center if this was the case.

Artest is kind of the loose cannon when it comes to ballplayers. No one wants to add a psycho unless they know they can keep him under control and take use of his skills, like Dennis Rodman. That guy dressed like a queen, but he still was able to produce.

Who do you think we need and why?

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Draft Workouts

- from the official site of the Memphis Grizzlies

The Grizzlies continued evaluating talent at a draft workout session this morning in preparation for the 2005 NBA Draft.

Participating in today's workout were the following: Dwayne Jones, Marcus Campbell, Duane Erwin, Ronny Turiaf.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Crazy Highlights of the Year

One of the stupidest moments of the Memphis finish has got to be fining Memphis point guard Jason Williams for being rough with the media after the 0-4 sweep by Phoenix. Not like it wasn’t pretty much expected, but no one can be too thrilled with themselves after losing something that they have worked so long to achieve.

Williams, like any other human, got a little peeved by being misquoted in a previous article and went a little bit berserk on the columnist who had wrote it. But, is it really needed to fine him $10,000 for taking his pen and yelling at him? Van Gundy being fined for starting a crazy controversy over the officials pulling faulty calls on Yao, maybe, but this is just a case of too much crap piled on all at once.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

2005 Summer Camps

All teams are starting to get into their summer camp programs and what better way to endorse one than talk about our own 2005 Summer Hoops Program. The program was started to give a chance for kids to come out and participate in a fun and safe environment, while learning from the best how to shoot some hoops.

The dates for the camps are set below: (check out the Grizzlies official website to get more info)

June 6-9 - Jonesboro, AR - Meet NBA great Sidney Moncrief.
» Get Registration Form.

July 6-8 - Germantown Centre
Call 205.1246 for information.

July 11-14 - Singleton Community Center and Little Rock, Ark

July 25-29 - FedExForum
» Get Registration Form

August 1-5 - Jewish Community Center
» Get Registration Form or call 205.1246 for information.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

$100K in a 100 Days

- excerpt taken from NBA.com

The Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation today issued a ‘$100K in 100 Days Campaign’ challenge grant to Memphis Athletic Ministries (MAM) in an effort to help fund expansion of MAM’s four newly refurbished neighborhood centers.

The challenge begins today, and the Grizzlies will match, dollar for dollar, all funds raised up to $100K through August 13.

To date, the Grizzlies have provided over $3 million in gifts to MAM used for the construction of the Memphis Grizzlies Athletic Center, a state-of-the-art basketball complex for youth, in addition to year-round camps and clinics, coach development programs, and league support. Memphis Athletic Ministries is the Grizzlies’ primary partner in sports outreach, reaching some 7,500 youth per year through various sports, primarily basketball, as a vehicle to teach social and life skills and foster positive self-esteem.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Pau Gasol

- from NBA.com

  • Won the NBA’s Rookie of the Year Award and was named to the All-Rookie First Team
  • Was the NBA’s got milk? Western Conference Rookie of the Month for November, January and March
  • Finished first among all rookies in scoring, rebounds, blocks, field goal percentage and blocks

Friday, May 06, 2005

Grizzlies Reward Students for Near-Perfect Attendance

- from the official site of the Memphis Grizzlies

Students from Vance Middle School and Westside High were recently recognized for maintaining attendance of 95% or better in the 2005 Grizzlies Stay in School Challenge. Antonio Burks and Pau Gasol attended a special reception at FedExForum to honor the students.

Monday, May 02, 2005

0-4 Out of the Running

- from NBA.com

The top-seeded Suns wrapped up the first four-game sweep in club history behind a fast start in Sunday's 123-115 victory in Game 4 in Memphis. Joe Johnson scored 16 of Phoenix's 39 first-quarter points and led the team with 25. Steve Nash added 24 points and nine assists, while Shawn Marion scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. The Suns will play the Rockets vs. Mavs winner in the second round.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Game 1 Recap

With a 114-103 loss against Phoenix, the Grizzlies are showing that they are not giving up without a fight. Although this was a loss, the Grizzlies were able to keep neck and neck until the end. Phoenix kept the lead through most of the gain allowing Memphis to only get close to gripping it while Nash was sitting out.

"They made their shots in the first quarter and we knew they would with the excitement of the building. They scored entirely too many points in the first quarter and it is tough when you start in a hole like that. After that every time we made a push, they made big shots."
- Mike Miller

The next two games of the first round will be held in Memphis.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Latest Game

- from the official site of the Memphis Grizzlies

Mike Miller scored nine of his 30 points in the first quarter and Jason Williams scored all but two of his 13 points in the opening period when the Grizzlies took permanent control of a 97-81 win over the visiting Heat on Friday. Memphis, which also got 17 points from Pau Gasol and 15 from Bonzi Wells, powered to a 25-point halftime lead before crusiing to victory. Should Denver lose its game Friday night, the Grizzlies will be tied with the Nuggets for the seventh seed in the West.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Grizzlies come down a Peg

After not having too good of a roll, the Grizzlies have slid down to the 8th spot; giving up the 7th spot to the Nuggets. Minnesota has a chance to take it from Memphis, but this isn’t very likely even though they have been doing better than Memphis overall.

Pau Gasol recently returned to the game off of a foot injury. The injury kept him out of a lot of games, but he showed that he was fully recovered for the game against the Raptors. Gasol put in 26 points, making 10-14 from the field.


Thursday, March 24, 2005

Grizzlin


As of now, the Memphis Grizzlies are still stuck in the 7th position in the playoff run. Their record is 38-28 and places the Grizzlies only about 3 games behind the Rockets. Out of the last 10 games, Memphis has racked up 7 wins and only 3 losses; matching the record of the Rockets and the Cavaliers for the last 10 games.

The battle is getting furious. All the top teams are playing to their potential and trying to move around in the order. Only the Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs have a clinched Playoff berth.

In their last game, the Grizzlies lost to the Phoenix Suns in a very close game. The score came out to 97-91. The Suns will be the Grizzlies first-round opponents in the Standings hold.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Grizzlie Women

-from the official site of the Memphis Grizzlies

The Grizzlies players aren't the only athletes on the court at FedExForum. With their fast-paced dance moves and exciting routines, the Grizzlies Dance Team rocks FedExForum at every home game. Throughout the season, these dancers entertain arena audiences with high-energy dance routines that keep the crowd excited during timeouts, between quarters and selected half-time intermissions.

Away from the arena, the dancers add a special touch to Grizzlies community and special events with their infectious personalities and ability to make every Memphian feel like part of the Grizzlies family. Choreographer Kathalene Taylor, a native Memphian, has guided the team with a wealth of experience in coaching, teaching and choreographing dance routines from across the US and Europe.

This group of dancers not only wows the crowd with their dancing skills, they also wear the hottest outfits in the NBA!

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Grizzlies take down Hornets

- from FOXSports.com

Posey scored 20 points and Earl Watson 16 as Memphis emerged with an 88-82 triumph Wednesday night.

"I was trying to stay positive with my shot selection. I tried to take a lot of easy shots," Posey said. "You know it's about rhythm, and that is something I had tonight."

Watson scored seven of his points late in the fourth quarter, hitting a 3-pointer for the 12th and final lead change of a tight final period. He followed that with a long jumper that made it 84-80 with under two minutes remaining.

"He hit some tough shots - one jumper over me - so I give him a lot of credit because he stepped up and got it done," said Hornets forward P.J. Brown, who had 14 points and 13 rebounds.

Brian Cardinal added 14 points and Lorenzen Wright 11 for the Grizzlies, who played more than half the game without Mike Miller, who was in foul trouble.

The Grizzlies also were without Jason Williams (right ankle), Stromile Swift (left ankle), Bonzi Wells (back) and Pau Gasol (left foot).

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Grizzlies play Jazz

Miller had a great game to assist the Memphis Grizzlies in their 94-82 victory over the Utah Jazz. This was the first season series sweep over Utah in franchise history for Memphis. Miller scored 11 of his 24 points in the third quarter. Memphis was shooting 80 percent during the final quarter.

"It's big. The Jazz are always a tough team to beat, especially here. (But) every game is crucial right now with the race we're in. We need to keep hoarding these wins."
- Shane Battier

As of now, the Grizzlies are in the #7 slot barely behind the Houston Rockets. With each win, they give more of a present force that they will not be giving up their slot in the Southwest Division.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Grizzlies take down Raptors

In a career-high scoring game for Shane Battier, the Memphis Grizzlies took down the Toronto Raptors with a score of 86-75. This makes win #33 for the Grizzlies. Not only did it make a career-high scoring game for Battier, but it also gave the 600th coaching victory for Mike Fratello.

"I would like to thank my assistants because I asked them three or four times to take Shane out to get him a breather. Thank them for me not taking him out. They said, 'He has it going and we have to ride him.' But to be completely honest with you, the only thing I was worried about tonight was getting win No. 33 (of the season). All of that other stuff is secondary."
- Mike Fratello

Battier scored 33 points, overlapping his last high-scoring game of 25 points against Golden State.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Grizzlies vs. Celtics

In an unbelievably close game, the Boston Celtics took the victory from the Memphis Grizzlies in a score of 90-88. With 3.9 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Ricky Davis nailed a jump shot to seal the deal.

"The (play) was pretty much just get it in and get that handoff to Paul Pierce and let him got to work, but Shane Battier was kind of overplaying him and I couldn't hand it off to him, so I just took it and went to work myself. I saw Miller on me, so that's an obvious mismatch. I just wanted to go at him and make the shot."
-Ricky Davis

Mike Miller made a critical 3-pointer to help the Grizzlies advance to a tie. But, when it came down to it, he couldn’t force the ball to go in again.

Stromile Swift scored 19 points for the Grizzlies but had to leave during the third quarter due to a sprained ankle. This adds to the Grizzlies injury list already having both forwards Pau Gasol and James Posey out with injuries.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Grizzlies vs. Sixers

Memphis came out with a victory on a game where either team could have seized the edge at the end. This did not happen for the Sixers. Allen Iverson, who was just getting over the flu, had an immaculate game. He led scoring with 38 points and 10 assists. But, the Grizzlies still came out on top.

"I thought we wasted a great effort by Allen Iverson. I thought he was absolutely terrific. He showed a lot of guts coming back from the flu. Thirty-eight points and 10 assists was a brilliant performance by him. It's sad that we couldn't pull the game out."
-76ers coach Jim O'Brien

Dahntay Jones led the Grizzlies with a career high scoring game of 23 points. Of their last six games, the Grizzlies have won five overall; making a record of seven of nine on the road. Swift also scored 17 points.

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Grizzlies fight off the hawks

From sports.yahoo.com:
A 20-hour trip and late arrival didn't take the fight out of the Atlanta Hawks.

The Hawks made their way through a winter storm to get to Memphis, but played hard for 48 minutes once they did before the Grizzlies escaped with an 84-83 victory Saturday night.

``It was an unbelievable effort,'' Hawks coach Mike Woodson said. ``We came in and fought from beginning to end. ... I would loved to have seen us come out of here with a win.''

The Hawks were stranded in Atlanta overnight as icy conditions prevented them from flying out after Friday's loss to Miami. The team arrived at the FedExForum with a police escort about 90 minutes before the 8 p.m. CST tip-off-- an hour later than originally scheduled.

Jason Williams scored 23 points and had eight assists, while Mike Miller added 21 points to lead the Grizzlies.

Tyronn Lue's fall-away 10-footer at the horn for Atlanta bounced off the rim, sending the Hawks to their fourth straight loss.

``We had a chance to win that game,'' Lue said. ``We tried to go inside to Al (Harrington), but they switched to a different front, and we couldn't get it in like we wanted to, so we had to attack the basket.''

Despite the extended travel, Atlanta had enough energy to build a third-quarter lead and hold an advantage until a 3 by Miller and a jumper by Williams in the final 2:03 gave Memphis the lead for good.

``That three that Miller hit, I mean with the clock going down, that was a big shot,'' Woodson said.

Shane Battier finished with 15 for Memphis, which has won seven of its last nine.

Harrington led the Hawks with 18 points and eight rebounds, while Lue and Antoine Walker had 17 points each. Tony Delk scored 15 off the bench.

Memphis players sensed the long trip may have given the Hawks a boost, instead of worn them out.

``They are going to come out and try to prove something,'' Miller said. ``It was one of the slugfests really. The bottom line is we got the win.''

The Grizzlies were effective early with a fast-paced transition game, but seemed to abandon the strategy, settling for jumpers with less success. That, coupled with poor ball-handling and ineffective half-court offense, provided the Hawks with a seven-point lead early in the final period.

Memphis, playing without injured forwards Pau Gasol and James Posey, shot 62 percent in the first quarter, and had 18-2 scoring advantage in the paint. The Grizzlies led 27-19 after the first quarter.

Delk and Josh Smith, who finished with 10 points, led a Hawks' second-quarter rally. Delk hit three 3-pointers, and Smith connected on three straight Atlanta buckets, including a thunderous dunk. Another Smith dunk near the end of the quarter tied the game 46.

Memphis still couldn't shake the Hawks through the third, and Atlanta closed the quarter with five straight points for a 69-64 lead entering the fourth.

Atlanta managed just 14 points in the fourth quarter.

``We didn't have as good a defense in the second or third, but in the fourth we stepped it up,'' Memphis coach Mike Fratello said. ``We had two turnovers there toward the end but were fortunate to escape without any damage.''

With 2 big scoring guys on the IL, this game would definatley be a hard fought victory.Both Posey(who was put on the IL right before the game) and Gasol were out, but Jason Williams stepped up and led us too a close victory. We are slowly climbing up, but we need more wins, and faster. Lets keep up the good work guys!

Saturday, January 22, 2005

4 Game Streak is Broken...

From sports.yahoo.com:
Darting through the lane, dipping past defenders, Earl Boykins was a blur on the hardwood.

The NBA's smallest player had 25 points and a season-high 10 assists to lift the Denver Nuggets to a 92-82 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.

This performance came on the heels of Tuesday's win over Seattle in which the 5-foot-5 guard set a league record with 15 points in overtime. It never got that close this time around.

``I'm surprised every time he steps out on the court,'' Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin said. ``A guy that size. The things he can do. He's got the heart of a lion. It just shows that when your heart's that big and you care that much about playing the game, good things will happen to you.''

Denver snapped Memphis' four-game winning streak and gave interim coach Michael Cooper the first winning streak of his own since taking over the team on Dec. 31. The Nuggets, who have struggled all season, pulled within four games of Memphis for eighth place in the Western Conference -- and the last playoff spot -- with the midpoint of the season close at hand.

Lorenzen Wright scored 17 points and former Nugget James Posey had 15 on five 3-pointers for the Grizzlies, who lost for just the second time in 12 games and only the eighth time in the 25 games since Mike Fratello took over for Hubie Brown as coach.

Memphis played just hours after the sudden death of play-by-play voice Don Poier, 53, who had been calling games for the franchise since its conception in Vancouver in 1995.

``I can't say that the news today affected us,'' Fratello said. ``We had a job to do tonight. We have to sharpen our play.''

Like Boykins, Marcus Camby had a second-consecutive big game, finishing with 18 points, 13 rebounds and six blocked shots after a 25-point, 24-rebound night against the Sonics. That helped the Nuggets win easily without Carmelo Anthony, who sat out after hurting his right ankle Tuesday.

Since Anthony went out in the third quarter of that game, the Nuggets have played better, cutting and moving on offense, pushing the ball when they can and playing more aggressively everywhere on the court. The results on this night were telling: Denver shot 49 percent and outrebounded Memphis 49-24.

A lot of the Denver rebounds resulted in a quick outlet pass to Boykins or Andre Miller, who pushed the pace and helped the Nuggets find easy shots. Miller finished with 14 points and six assists.

``We want to do that all the time,'' Cooper said of the rebound-and-run method. ``Now, they see we're successful when the ball is in Earl's and Andre's hands. Those guys are capable and willing to pass the basketball.''

Fittingly, though, it was a shot by Boykins that essentially sealed this game. Pounding the dribble, Boykins took one big step into the lane, got his defender back on his heels, then stepped back himself for a fadeaway 16-foot jumper. It gave Denver an 87-74 lead with 3:54 left and marked the start of garbage time.

``I feel I shouldn't miss an open shot and I shouldn't turn over the ball,'' Boykins said. ``Slowly but surely, Coop is changing our offense. We're running different plays each game and that makes it tough to scout us.''

Martin returned from missing a game with strep throat and had 13 points and eight rebounds. Martin reared back as if to punch Pao Gasol (eight points, four rebounds) after a hard foul early in the fourth quarter, but the two didn't come to blows and it was nothing like the scene last Friday night when Nene got into a fight with Michael Olowokandi of the Timberwolves.

``K-Mart is a lot like Shaq in that people want to foul him because they know he's a questionable free-throw shooter,'' Cooper said. ``His reaction was great. He knows he's going to get the hard fouls. He bites the bullet and walks away from it.''

Nene missed his third game of a four-game suspension due to the fight.

Gasol really didn't bring his best stuff to the game, and it really showed. He had 8 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. However, Lorenzen Wright had a great game, but not good enough. This game brought a bad end to our streak in this disappointing loss. Lets hope Gasol brings his "A" game to the court against the Jazz. Start a new streak Grizzlies!