Sunday, December 17, 2006

The giving continues

So the Memphis Grizzlies continue their 5-game losing streak against the Miami Heat, which I suppose is nice of us, consiering the Miami Heat just recently ended their 16-game winning streak against the Washington Wizards. Mighty nice of us, don't you think?

Saturday, December 09, 2006

The spirit of giving

Okay, so the Knicks beat the Memphis Grizzlies 98-90 this week for their second home victory of the season. Well, I suppose if we're not winning, the least we can do is lift the spirits of other teams who aren't winning either, you know? Merry Christmas, Knicks fans!

Ho ho ho.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

I'm not listening...

Well, the Memphis Grizzlies are 4 and 11, tied with Charlotte for worst record in the league. Looks bad, doesn't it? But don't forget we started the season off by losing 8 of the 9 first games. It's looked a lot better since, even if it still isn't pretty. No matter what the news says, I have faith that the team isn't as bad as the numbers look. Optimism is the ticket to happiness, right?

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

2 for 22

This Friday When the Memphis Grizzlies take on the Dallas Mavericks at The Fed Ex Forum marks Rudy's 2 for 22 where the first 3,000 fans will receive a replica Rudy jersey. A little something for you to wear to show your support after the season when the weather warms again.

The NBA All-Star voting is on! The Grizzlies have 3 candidates and ask you to put them in the game. Pau Gasol, Mike Miller, and Eddie Jones represent the bears on thier 2007 All-star ballot. Get the move on and cast your vote today!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Burnt hair

The Memphis Grizzlies got singed by the Houston Rockets earlier this week. The bears, who never led the game, did manage to tie it up in the 3rd quarter as mike miller hit consecutive 3 pointers to tie it up at 45 but then Houston went on a run of 9 points decimating the scoreboard. This game was really about Shane Battier who was on the Grizzlies for 5 consecutive years but traded over the summer to Houston. He received a standing ovation in Memphis which was probably nice, but i think he might have enjoyed being victorious even more.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Grizzlies almost claw back

Isiah Thomas, who knows something about basketball, was talking about the one point victory his New York Knicks managed to survive with, after our season opener with them went into triple overtime. He said, “It was nothing we [the Knicks] did wrong. It was everything they did right. They were making shots and taking it to the rim.”

Way to go, Grizzlies! Losing by a point is hard, but when you were down by 19 in the 4th quarter…well, that puts things in a different perspective. So don’t beat yourselves up. (Just do practice those free throws!)

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Team time

The Memphis Grizzlies, with only 7 days until the season starts, will be traveling all throughout thier fair city chatting with fans and hopefully raising support. Everyday the Grizzlies will be at least 2 places signing posters and giving away Grizzlie collectibles. Oct. 26th is the due date for the Grizzlies website relaunch and I am anxious to see what the tech guys over there can do. The Grizzlies go against the Pistons tonight. lets hope these shaggy bears can win one and bring thier preseason record to a not so shameful 4/4.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Here's a Tip

Attend the Tip-off luncheon with The Grizzlies if you find yourself in the Memphis area Oct. 27th. I don't mean to be an advertising tool but you have to admit that it is pretty cool to hobknob with the entire Grizzlie Team and Coaching Staff. Tables will be set up where the players are most comfortable, the arena floor at thier home, The Fed Ex Forum. Accompanying the meal, as if that isn't enough, will be both a silent and live auction with all money raised going to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of greater Memphis. These guys do good work. I wish they could have against the Bulls, ouch! Grillies lose 87-78. You will have another chance guys no worries!

Monday, October 16, 2006

I'll take a preseason win, Grizzlies

I especially loved the streak in the final quarter when we were down by a point and then scored 20 to their (Detroit Pistons') 6. Almost half of that (9 points) came from rookie Rudy Gay--way to go, Rudy!

I know the preseason is not the "real" thing, but games that stay close, then explode (in favor of Memphis, of course) are my favorites. Hope we can pull off the same thing against the Chicago Bulls tonight!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Great Grizzly!

The grizzlies started the preseason off right with a win over The Rockets in Houston. Not to say they did not have trouble. The Memphis team was down 12 points at halftime but The Grizzlies held The Rockets to a mere 20 points total in the entire second half while putting 38 points on the scoreboard for themselves. We will have to see how it goes when the Rockets actually have Yao on the floor.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

An exciting time

This is an exciting time for basketball and the Grizzlies are no exception. With preseason just around the corner all the buzz is aroudn training camp. It's time for constant updates on returning veterans, rookie stars, and thoughts from the staff on how they anticipate this season will start. With training camp, promotional parties and meet and greets, it is a very social time for the entire team as they gear up for yet another season. All eyes however are on team's current owner, Micheal Heisley, who is preparing to sell his 70% ownership in the team to Brian Davis. Davis, who plans to move his family into this new community if the sale goes through, promises he can be involved with the team in a way Heisley, who is based in Chicago, could not. It will indeed be an exciting time in preseason.

Monday, October 02, 2006

changes in training staff

Jerry West, President of Basketball Operations, announced last week that Drew Graham will be replacing Scott McCullough at head athletic trainer. Graham spent the last six season as an assistant trainer with the Nets, assisting in the off-season as well as during the regular season. As for McCullough, he will be returning home to Canada to be with his family, and has taken a position with the Toronto Raptors.

Monday, July 10, 2006

no lay-uppers equals big downers

Does anybody else feel a little wary of the draft process this year? I have been living in Memphis for a couple of years and following the Memphis Grizzlies, it seems to me that teams are made or broken by their draft picks. The 2006 NBA Playoffs were centered around the experience of the Steve Nashs and the Shaquille O’Neals. I propose the best way to beat this kind of tall jump shot play is to bombard the hoop with some new young and speedy lay-uppers.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Paying respect to the King

Biggest news in Grizzlie Town today is a couple of distinguished visitors to Graceland: President Bush and the Japanese Prime Minister, Junichiro Koizumi. Evidently, Koizumi is a huge Elvis Presley fan—as Bush himself said, "Officially, he's here to see the president, but I know the highlight of his visit will be paying his respects to the King."

What can we say? Elvis rocks.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Playoffs going strong without the Grizzlies

I suppose I am hoping the Dallas Mavericks go all the way. It will make our loss to them seem a little less painful if they end up being the NBA Champs. Do you know what I mean?

They got over the hump of beating the former champs in the second round and now are facing their biggest rival the Phoenix Suns. Josh Howard gave the Suns a lot of trouble and DeSagana Diop played well at center. I think the Mavericks have the momentum to go all the way to the Finals.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Let’s see a big come back, please.

The Memphis Grizzlies played impressive defense on Saturday, holding the Dallas Mavericks to under 100 points even throughout extra minutes. The Grizzlies maintained the lead for a majority of the game yet could not hold on to it near the end of the game. We will be hard pressed to prevent a shut out in game 4 on Monday. Go Grizzlies!

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Too Many Road Blocks in the Way.

The Memphis Grizzlies ended their three game losing streak against the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday and outscored the Golden State Warriors 100-75 tonight. Chucky Atkins has been essential this season and a powerful force in our last two games. He is my favorite Grizzlies player. Do you think there is any chance of Memphis seeing the post season?

Sunday, March 19, 2006

College Ball Turns My Head

I am very distracted by March Madness right now. I know the Memphis Grizzlies are played the Denver Nuggets Friday, but I was more interested in watching the Texas Longhorns beat Pennsylvania. College basketball is so raw and entertaining. I feel the same way about college football. I just can’t get enough of watching these young guys blossom and find their talents.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Shane Battier is all grown up now…

Shane Battier has been getting pretty vocal lately on the court. He is talking more to his Memphis Grizzlies teammates and arguing with the referees openly and loudly. I see it as him trying to take on a leadership role and show his teammates his fervor to win by communicating openly on the court from experience and with confidence.