getting rid of ZRandolph is suicide.
getting rid of ZRandolph is suicide.
they are breaking up a good team .... missing na lang a star point guard. this lineup hasn't seen it peak and it back to the drawing board, again.
This team's FO is not committed on winning championships.
Sana sa Minnesota na lang dinala si Rudy Gay. Para marami tayong joke.
^ Or Di kaya sa Spurs..
Yahoo Sports | Adrian Wojnarowski | January 31, 2013
NEW YORK – As a Western Conference contender disassembled out of frugality and panic on Wednesday, Miami Heat star LeBron James should've been recalibrating the realities of the free-agent frenzy awaiting him in 2014. For him, the economics of the sport keep reaffirming that three's a crowd now, that James will have to choose a partnership with one superstar teammate.
The Super Friends scenarios are gone, replaced with the NBA's vision of talent spreading out to the have-nots. James Harden leaves Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook for Houston. And months before it was necessary to do so, before the Memphis Grizzlies could make a run in the Western Conference playoffs, they moved Rudy Gay to Toronto and out of Zach Randolph's and Marc Gasol's lives.
James has helped to make it so profitable to be an NBA owner that Robert Pera bought the Grizzlies, hired a front office of novices, ran out a successful scouting staff and began to unload genuine assets for pennies on the dollar. Just recently, James tweeted, "What the hell we have lockout for?" upon learning of the $525 million selling price of the Sacramento Kings.
Why? Simple: The NBA's owners wanted to break up the super teams and create a system that'll assure Pera can mismanage the Grizzlies into oblivion and still make
money on the enterprise. The max contract system makes James the most underpaid athlete on the planet, and soon it will do something else, too: It makes most precarious his future with the Miami Heat.
Before trading Gay, Memphis had already moved under the tax threshold with a trade last week. It could've waited until the summer to move its star and made one more run in the Western Conference. But winning isn't a priority for Pera. Owners are virtually guaranteed profit in this changing economic setup, and small-market owners can play the NBA's corporate welfare game off the profits that the LeBron Jameses, Kobe Bryants and Chris Pauls produce for the sport.
These Grizzlies aren't the Lakers, and they don't get a lot of chances at making a deep playoff run. They could've hung in there for this season, but instead bailed on it. Across the NBA, front offices were incredulous with the way that Memphis unloaded Marreese Speights, Wayne Ellington and Josh Selby, along with a future first-round pick, in a salary dump to Cleveland last week.
Several league executives insisted Memphis could've waited until closer to the deadline, traded the parts individually and, minimally, received returns on Speights and Ellington.
"Beyond a panic move," one Eastern Conference GM said. "Cleveland would always be there with that deal."
Whatever James does in 2014, he'll make a decision with the highest of basketball IQs on what will work and what won't. Once again, the breaking down of this Grizzlies roster is a reminder that every NBA star had better make sure he understands the track records of the owners and executives with whom he's turning over his future.
The Grizzlies issued a statement on the trade late Wednesday, and embarrassingly had "general manager Chris Wallace" throw out the obligatory organizational quotes on the deal. Only, Wallace had nothing to do with the trade. Nothing. He isn't making calls to teams. He isn't consulted by the new regime. He's waiting until they agree on the terms of his inevitable parting. So, Pera and new CEO Jason Levien take an unpopular trade and assign it to Wallace in the news release.
Levien is making these deals based largely on the recommendations of John Hollinger, a statistician who worked for a cable sports company. The San Antonio Spurs once used him as a consultant and regretfully took his advice to sign a free agent named Jackie Butler. It was such a disaster, the Spurs had to attach Luis Scola to a trade to get Butler out of town.
This wasn't the '86 Celtics broken up in Memphis today, but, still, a contender became something far less over the past week. All of this didn't need to happen so fast. Between an owner guaranteed to make a profit and a front office guaranteed to believe it's smarter than everyone else, the Western Conference has one less contender to come chasing the defending champion Heat in the NBA Finals.
The Super Friends NBA is going, going and will soon be gone, and James will be left to choose one partner in 2014. Three's a crowd in the new NBA, and that'll be an immense part of James' decision about returning home and making everything right again.
Pera bought into a great time in the NBA, where the genius talents of the sport's biggest stars can fund his revenue-sharing checks in Memphis. Why did they have a lockout? Well, LeBron, this is why: Two stars per team and guaranteed profits for the owners. Make no mistake, James has everything to do with those transformations of the modern NBA.
For now, it won't be long until James makes a choice in 2014 that will leave him with far fewer assurances on his future than arriving in Miami did in 2010.
Whatever LeBron James does, wherever he goes, just understand he makes it easy for the freeloading Robert Peras of the NBA.
for thr full article:http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nba--ru...065716242.html
its Adrian Wojnarowski...
marc gasol shoe defense
Thanks Grizz! Jazz still in the playoff race!
SMH this team is legit but the refs always screw them when against teams like OKC. F*ck Stern
Memphis won today vs. OKC in OT via Gasol game winner
Marc is sidelined indefinitely with an abdominal tear. Damn
NBA: Grizzlies maul Bobcats, close in on first-round homecourt advantage
April 10, 2013 11:10am
The Memphis Grizzlies flashed their impressive depth in a one-sided match against the Charlotte Bobcats, 94-75, Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) at the FedExForum in Memphis.
The Grizzlies improved to 53-25, winners of seven of their last 10. They're now a half game behind the injury-wracked Denver Nuggets (53-24), whom they hope to leapfrog over to get a top-four berth in the Western Conference.
The Bobcats on the other hand continue to line the bottom of the league standings with the worst record in the NBA, 18-60.
The visiting Charlotte side actually led in the first three minutes, before a Tony Allen jumper put his side ahead for good, 8-7.
Still, the Bobcats stayed scrappy, by sticking within a 10-point deficit for most of the way. A trey by Jannero Pargo actually made it a three-point affair at the start of the fourth, 63-60, but that's when the Grizzlies awoke, scoring the next 15 points of the game for a commanding 78-60 buffer, 8:17 left.
Triples by Austin Daye and Quincey Pondexter got the Memphis lead over 20 points, 88-67, 5:16 remaining, to doom their foes.
Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 20 points and seven assists. Zach Randolph and reserve forward Jon Leur added 11 apiece, while five other Memphis players scored eight each.
Kemba Walker paced the Bobcats with 19 points. Gerald Henderson added 13 markers and six boards, while Jannero Pargo kicked in 10 off the bench.
Charlotte was just 37.5 percent from the field, including a miserable 14.3 percent performance on triples, as they made just 2-of-14 long-range tries. - AMD, GMA News
Nice Gasol Defensive Player of the Year!!!