Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Early Season Optimism
Here's a little food for thought.
The Memphis Grizzlies will have a pretty solid lineup this year. Mike Conley was really starting to play well at the end of last season, OJ Mayo had a great rookie year and is underrated as a person, Rudy Gay is one of the best small forwards in the NBA, Zach Randolph is a 20-10 guy, and Thabeet/Marc Gasol form a pretty good defense/offense tandem at the pivot.
Who is their coach? I don't know. He's somehow been their coach three times but has less than 70 total games under his belt. Is it a questionable mix of personalities? Probably. However, Mayo gets a bad rap for the famous highlight of him throwing the ball into the stands in his last high school game and for taking dolla bills to play for USC. I don't think he's actually that selfish or a team cancer. Randolph's history is indefensible, but aside from him, there are no character problems with the other guys (unless you count inability to shoot as a character problem).
Memphis plays in the best division in the NBA and the road to the playoffs for them will be extremely difficult. However, I believe that this team is capable of 40 wins this season, a marked improvement for one of the worst franchises of the last couple of years. You heard it here.
Posted by Jimmy at 12:39 PM