Will Zach Randolph return to Memphis next season?

Zach Randolph

The Memphis Grizzlies traveled Oklahoma City for the second of five NBA Game 7s that we were all treated to this weekend. Their leading scorer, All-Star power forward Zach Randolph, did not make the trip. [Read more…]

Memphis Grizzlies must upgrade depth this off-season

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By signing their key players to contract extensions the past couple of years, the Memphis Grizzlies have a solid starting five.  However, their bench production has been average at best which has held them back a bit.  The Griz need to upgrade the talent behind their starters this off-season, but that will be difficult to do since the team has very little cap flexibility in free agency.

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NBA Playoffs: Clippers Prove That Anything Is Possible

Blake Griffin

As I turned off my television and closed my eyes, I had an uneasy feeling. Ten minutes later, I sat up in my bed, reached for my phone and clicked on the ESPN app. I went to the NBA homepage and clicked on the “scores” tab. When the page loaded, I couldn’t believe what I saw.

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NBA Playoff Predictions: Who wins it all?

Kevin Durant and LeBron James

The regular season is over and it’s time to make that money. Can LeBron James finally capture his first NBA championship? Do the Lakers have enough to compete in the West? What about the Griz? Spurs? How about the Bulls in East? Is D-Rose healthy? Check it out! In 1,000 words or less, I give my playoff predictions and pick the NBA champion. Let’s go!

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NBA Playoffs: Five BIG Questions in the Western Conference

Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant

With the Utah Jazz beating the Phoenix Suns and claiming the last playoff spot last night, the playoff picture is set in the Western Conference. Let’s see if we can answer five big questions in the Western Conference.

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Cavaliers Owner Sends Whiny Email to NBA Over CP3 Lakers Trade

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You recall Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert from the night of Lebron James’ “The Decison” correct? The man who made his fortune by exploiting poor people and giving out house loans to the homeless (CEO of Quicken Loans) embarrassed himself that evening with an extremely bitter letter to LBJ.

The comic sans font he used put the unintentional comedy of the situation off the charts. Gilbert is back with another too whiny for a powerful billionaire missive.

Gilbert called the New Orleans Hornets’ now nullified trade of Chris Paul to the L.A. Lakers a “travesty,” and urged NBA commissioner David Stern to let the league’s 29 owners vote on it. an

The email was obtained and published by Yahoo! Sports. You can read it after the jump.

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Already? Stern, NBA Step in it by Nullifying Chris Paul Lakers Trade

On a sports day that had been dominated by news of Albert Pujols leaving the St. Louis Cardinals to head to Anaheim and the Angels, one could have reasonably expected a good night’s rest and relaxation. Instead, sports writers had to put on the coffee and gear up for another huge story, because the New Orleans Hornets stunned the basketball world and dealt star point guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The deal would have involved the Houston Rockets as well, and would have sent Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, Goran Dragic, Houston’s 2012 1st Round pick (acquired from the Knicks) and Lamar Odom to the Hornets. The Rockets would have acquired Pau Gasol as part of the trade, but the Lakers obviously would have made out like bandits by both keeping Andrew Bynum and acquiring Paul.

As you surely noticed, there are a lot of “would have’s” in that paragraph. And that’s because the NBA stepped in and nullified the trade.

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Former Wizards, Grizzlies Guard Javaris Crittenton wanted for Murder; Captured by FBI

Update: FBI arrest Crittenton at John Wayne/Orange County airport. From ESPN:

Crittenton, who was suspended from the league in March 2010 for having guns in a locker room with teammate Gilbert Arenas, was arrested Monday in Southern California to face a murder charge in a deadly Atlanta shooting.

Crittenton was taken into custody at about 8 p.m. local time at John Wayne Airport in Orange County after checking in for a red-eye Delta Air Lines flight to Atlanta, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

The FBI is hot on the trail of former NBA point guard Javaris Crittenton, a veteran who was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers, but saw most of his time in the league with the Memphis Grizzlies and Washington Wizards.

The Feds are cooperating with the LAPD and Atlanta Police to try and nab Crittenton, who is charged with murder and was still at large as of Sunday night.

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How Can the Memphis Grizzlies Can Build Off Their Playoff Run?

Like we are currently seeing in the NFL, the 2011 NBA off-season is up in the air with a lockout looming.  Free agency could be delayed and completely restructured depending on the new agreement reached by the owners and players.  Still, The Sports Bank continues to break down all thirty NBA teams to see what areas they need to address in the off-season.

By: David Kay

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Mike Conley, Huge in Game 2, the Memphis Grizzlies’ Ticket

As they say, you’re never going to win the lottery if you don’t have a ticket.

The ticket in the NBA is making the playoffs with the Championship being the lottery, and once you’ve made the postseason anything can happen. Just look at the eighth-seeded Western Conference team Memphis Grizzlies and their six-game handling of the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs. They also took a bite out of the fourth-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder in the opening game of their second round series.

And although they lost game two 111-102, Mike Conley (an Ohio State Buckeyes one and done) had a team high 24 points on 10-15 shooting, 3-5 from distance, to go with 8 assists.

 

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Are the Grizzlies Ready to Take the Next Step?

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I will admit it; I totally missed the boat on the Grizzlies last season.  I thought the Zach Randolph trade would terrorize the team.  Instead, Memphis was one of the pleasant surprised in the NBA even though they were still ten games back of the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference.  Can they build off last year’s performance or will they take a step backwards?

By: David Kay
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Post Lottery NBA Mock Draft

Now that the lottery has concluded, find out who’s going where by clicking here. What should the L.A. Clippers do with their draft choice?

http://www.walterfootball.com/nbadraft2009mock.php