Sunday, December 20, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Here is the information about the tickets for Friday's game against Oklahoma City (from Memphis Business Journal):
Starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, the Memphis Grizzlies are offering a limited number of $3 tickets in the Terrace level and $33 tickets in the Plaza and First Tennessee Club levels for Friday night’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Grizzlies defeated the Dallas Mavericks and Cleveland Cavaliers during consecutive home games Dec. 3 and Dec. 8.
Greg Campbell, president of business operations for the Grizzlies, said the team is trying to give fans “a reason to cheer off the court” with the discounts. The team is 9-12 overall and is 8-4 in its last 12 games. The Grizzlies are 6-3 at home this season, their best home record since the 2005-06 season.
“We’re hoping that all of our fans throughout the Mid-South take advantage of this special $3 offer, so that on Friday night all of the members of Grizz Nation can help lift the Grizzlies to another win,” Campbell said in a statement.
Fans can visit the FedExForum Box Office, any Ticketmaster location, ticketmaster.com, grizzlies.com or by phone at (800) 4NBA-Tix or (901) 888-HOOP to purchase tickets.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
(Cross-posted from Bleacher Report)
Longtime Clippers announcer Ralph Lawler and broadcast analyst Michael Smith were pulled from the Clippers' game last Friday against Denver. Because the Clippers' feed was not seen in Memphis, the comments about the Iranian-born player did not get a lot of attention and became a footnote in a 106-91 Grizzlies win last week.
One footnote: The Clippers will be hosting "Iranian Heritage Day" featuring Haddadi. They will offer discounted seats and fans who purchase tickets iwill also have a chance to meet the player and get an 8x10 photo.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
(Reposted from Bleacher Report)
This morning, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported that Memphis Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley has finally taken a stand with Allen Iverson.
Show up or else.
“I’ve treated this like Allen told me it was—a personal leave,” Heisley said on the paper's website. “But either he’s retiring or coming back to play. I’m not upset with Allen. We’ll be happy to accommodate Allen. If he retires, then he retires. If he wants to come back, we’ll gladly accept him back. But I have personally made it clear that there’s going to have to be a decision made. We’re expecting an answer in a couple of days.”
It is about time. The future Hall-of-Famer has been away from the team for 10 days and counting. The article said that there has been no contact with the team in that time.
It's clear that the signing of Jamaal Tinsley last week has put Iverson on the clock. He can either choose to join the team or he can go away.
Personally, I do not think Iverson adds to a 2-8 team. The Grizzlies would be 2-8 with him in the starting lineup, if he was the sixth man, or if he were in Charlotte, Cleveland, or sitting at home in Atlanta.
Heisley should acknowledge that his Iverson experiment was a screw-up from beginning to end and get rid of him. He should not play the waiting game for Iverson, if does not want to play.
The Iverson-Memphis relationship did not make sense from the beginning. But Allen, it is time to earn your $3.1 million contract.
If you do not want the money, retire.
Note: You can listen to my weekly Memphis Grizzlies podcast at Memphis Grizzlies Report .
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I was listening to one of the talking heads on ESPN talk about the NBA the other day.
- Memphis had a 51-49 halftime lead against the Lakers. Los Angeles shoots 67 percent from the field in the third quarter and cruised to an easy win.
- Rudy Gay scored a game-high 33 points against the Los Angeles Clippers. Memphis goes ahead by as many as 11 points in the first half. They lose the game 113-110.
- In three of their first seven games, the Grizzlies allowed an opposing player to score 40 or more points.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
(Cross-Posted from Bleacher Report)
The new-look 2009 Memphis Grizzlies showed a lot of the same weaknesses as teams in the past.
Memphis had 17,000 fans fill FedEx Forum Wednesday night for the 2009 season opening 96-74 loss to the Detroit Pistons (1-0). They saw two glaring holes that must be filled for this team to gain respectability: bench depth and defense.
Preseason injuries did hurt the Grizzlies (0-1) and forced the team to go deeper into their bench. Allen Iverson did not dress for the game and Darrell Arthur is out for four months with an injury.
But the stat line for the current reserves were less than stellar. Rookie DeMarre Carrol, guard Marcus Williams, and second-overall pick Hasheem Thabeet played at least 10 minutes each. The trio combined for only six points, one assist, and nine rebounds. Thabeet had no points and two rebounds in 12 minutes.
Most of the starters played well. Marc Gasol finished with 21 points, 15 boards, and three blocks in 30 minutes of action.
Forward Zach Randolph had 14 points and nine rebounds in his Grizzlies debut. Rudy Gay had 16 points. Only O.J. Mayo (nine points on 2 for 12 shooting) and starting point guard Mike Conley (three points and three assists in 32 minutes) did not play well.
Memphis also could not force turnovers. Detroit committed only nine Detroit turnovers. The Grizzlies had only three steals for the night.
Two of the three steals were made by the reserves after the game was decided. Rip Hamilton scored 25 points on only 19 shots and Ben Gordon came off the bench to score 22 points in 26 minutes by shooting 4 of 7 from three-point range.
Detroit was able to build a 10-point lead just before halftime and Memphis could never challenge.
Things are not going to get easier for Memphis as they host Toronto on Friday. The Raptors (1-0) topped Cleveland 101-91 on Wednesday despite a triple-double by LeBron James.
Notes: The Grizzlies set an NBA record with their ninth straight season-opening loss...Detroit has won eight of their last nine regular season games against Memphis, including a five-game winning streak.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Question No. 1: Will AI start?
Prediction No. 2: Thabeet will have a decent second-half of the season and will exceed expectations.
New era or error for the Grizzlies?
Preview: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Detroit Pistons
Geoff Calkins: Grizzlies' fans view new season as half full
What the Pistons are saying:
Kuester still undecided about who'll start for Pistons
Meet the Pistons
John Kuester makes his debut as Pistons' head coach after working as an assistant for Cleveland last season. Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons in preseason scoring with 15.8 points per game. The Pistons are 10-3 all-time at Memphis and 20-6 overall against the Grizzlies. The Pistons lost to the Grizzlies in preseason play 115-94 on October 7th. Only six Pistons remain from last year’s team.
#22 Tayshaun Prince
LAST GAME: Did not play at Milwaukee (10/23). NOTES: Was the only
Pistons player to start all 82 regular-season games and played in all 82 games for
the sixth consecutive season… Recorded his fifth consecutive season with 1,000-
plus points (1,163).
AVERAGES: 12.3 Pts 7.0 Rebs 1.0 Asts
#31 Charlie Villanueva
LAST GAME: Eight points and six rebounds in 26 minutes at Milwaukee
(10/23). NOTES: Signed as a free agent on 7/8/09…In 78 games (47 starts) with
the Bucks last season, averaged career-highs in points (16.2), rebounds (6.7),
assists (1.8), three-point field goal percentage (.345) and free-throw percentage
AVERAGES: 7.7 Pts 6.5 Rebs 0.5 Asts
#38 Kwame Brown
Glynn Academy HS
LAST GAME: Did not play at Milwaukee (10/23). NOTES: Shot 63% (17-27)
from the field in six preseason games…Averaged 4.2 points and 5.0 rebounds in
58 games (30 starts) last season…Ranked third on the Pistons in field goal
percentage (.533) and scored in double figures seven times.
AVERAGES: 11.0 Pts 2.1 Rebs 2.6 Asts
#32 Richard Hamilton
LAST GAME: 12 points, one rebound, one assist and five steals in 34 minutes
at Milwaukee (10/23). NOTES: Led Pistons in scoring for seventh consecutive
year last season…In 51 games as a starter, averaged 18.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and
4.5 assists in 35.4 minutes per game.
AVERAGES: 15.8 Pts 3.0 Rebs 2.5 Asts
#3 Rodney Stuckey
LAST GAME: 16 points, six assists, two rebounds and one steal in 35 minutes
at Milwaukee (10/23). NOTES: Appeared in 79 games (65 starts), averaging
career-high numbers in points (13.4) rebounds (3.5), assists (4.9), steals (0.98) and
minutes (31.8)…Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week (12/29-1/4).
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
In this preseason review, we talk about Kareem Abdul Jabbar possibly joining the Grizzlies, Zach Randolph as a leader?, and I play Guess the Attendance for the season opener.