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Grizzly Bear Blues Jul 17, 2018
The Other Side of Grit and Grind

The Other Side of Grit and Grind

Can a Grizzlies’ offense with limited shooting keep up in the modern NBA? The Memphis Grizzlies have long been known as a defensive team, using their grit and grind style to win physical, slow paced games. Ever since the core of Mike Conley, Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph and Tony Allen formed and developed together, Memphis was consistently lauded for their play on the defensive end, and always intimidated opponents with their style of play. While the old adage is that defense wins championships, the importance of implementing a modern offense can not be ignored in today’s NBA, especially...
Grizzly Bear Blues Jul 16, 2018
Is Kobi Simmons a keeper?

Is Kobi Simmons a keeper?

Is Kobi Simmons worth more than his Two-Way Contract? Kobi Simmons is entering his second year of a Two-Way Contract with the Memphis Grizzlies. Simmons went undrafted after one year at Arizona. He is listed as a point guard and played the position most of last season. The Grizzlies currently have four players that play point guard under their control: Mike Conley, Andrew Harrison, Kobi Simmons, and the newly drafted Jevon Carter. Carter has looked overwhelmed at times in Summer League play while Simmons has shown improved scoring with his usual flashes of being out of control. Grizzlies...
Grizzly Bear Blues Jul 12, 2018
The present and the future collide in Memphis

The present and the future collide in Memphis

Focus on youth this summer spells the end of Marc Gasol and Mike Conley in Memphis. But not as soon as you’d think. It’s an irony that the Memphis Grizzlies are trumpeting a return to Grit n’ Grind. It is an irony because the organization is more well primed than ever to move on from the era for good. Yet at the same time it makes sense. With the players it has acquired this summer, defense and tenacity seem to be the top priorities for the club again. For the first time in what feels like eons (maybe ever), it appears the front office has a plan in place which encompasses both the...
Grizzly Bear Blues Jul 11, 2018
Cui Bono, Kyle Anderson?

Cui Bono, Kyle Anderson?

The 3 Grizzlies that stand to benefit most from Anderson joining the team. With the surprising addition of Kyle Anderson to the Grizzlies, the team is firmly committing to Grit and Grind. You can read all about Anderson himself in various articles written here, but what impact is he going to have on the rest of the team? Kyle’s style of play will affect most of the team in some way, but these three players stand to reap the rewards the most. Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports Dillon Brooks Last season, after the Mike Conley injury, Dillon Brooks was often tasked with...
Grizzly Bear Blues Jul 11, 2018
Mike Conley seems close to healthy, jumps super high

Mike Conley seems close to healthy, jumps super high

At least it looks that way Mike Conley was injured last season for the better part of the year, and the Memphis Grizzlies shut down for surgery mid-way through the season. So we really haven’t seen much or heard much from Mike Conley since last year. Then, on Tuesday a video surface of Mike Conley doing an absurd thing, literally jumping higher than the backboard of a goal. Person: hey @mconley11, how's training/recovery going?@mconley11: pic.twitter.com/b2PZAz3j7q— Flight Lab Hoops (@flightlabhoops) July 10, 2018 At first I thought to myself, that is really impressive not taking...
Grizzly Bear Blues Jul 6, 2018
Moving Marc and Mike a must for a possible Memphis rebuild

Moving Marc and Mike a must for a possible Memphis rebuild

After the off season moves around the NBA, it may be time for the Grizzlies’ stars to find new homes. If you’ve been reading Grizzly Bear Blues either on social media or via our blog, you know how we’ve been talking about how the Grizzlies may need to start rebuilding. Especially in the piece by our own Jack Noonan posted here. Now comes perhaps the most uncomfortable part of the rebuilding discussion. What to do with our two highest paid players, the two (arguably) best players, the final two of the Core Four, Mike Conley and Marc Gasol. The question of course is, what are teams...
Grizzly Bear Blues Jun 28, 2018
Is 50 wins possible for the Grizzlies?

Is 50 wins possible for the Grizzlies?

Robert Pera says the Memphis Grizzlies should win 50 games next year. About that... Note: This post is not click-bait. It’s a serious discussion, as Memphis Grizzlies’ owner Robert Pera is convinced that his team should win 50 games next season. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with optimism. It’s all a part of fandom. On the other hand, proclaiming that a 22-win team will win 50 games the following season seems ludicrous — especially when most of the players on the 22-win squad will be back next season. Yes, I know Mike Conley was hurt last season. Let’s be honest here, he...
Grizzly Bear Blues Jun 25, 2018
Jaren Jackson Jr. - The Bridge to a New Era

Jaren Jackson Jr. - The Bridge to a New Era

“Grit ‘n’ Grind” may be coming back, but Jaren Jackson Jr. could transform it. The Memphis Grizzlies clawed their way to a 45-37 record and the 7th seed in the Western Conference. Marc Gasol, Mike Conley and a returning Tyreke Evans obviously led the way, but Jaren Jackson Jr. and Dillon Brooks showed everyone what the future could become. Brooks improved immensely as a scorer, 3-point shooter and playmaker — averaging 13 points on 40 percent shooting from deep and 4 assists. Meanwhile, Jaren Jackson Jr. was a surprising immediate contributor and held down the starting power...
Memphis Grizzlies in bind over Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, Chandler Parsons contracts

Memphis Grizzlies in bind over Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, Chandler Parsons contracts

The Grizzlies have nearly $88 million tied up in four players. Can they improve despite expensive contracts?        

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