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Analysis: Memphis Grizzlies coaching search, Jonas Valanciunas' future intertwined

Analysis: Memphis Grizzlies coaching search, Jonas Valanciunas' future intertwined

Analysis: How Jonas Valanciunas future is intertwined with the Memphis Grizzlies coaching search.        
Grizzly Bear Blues May 24, 2019
Grizzlies 2019 NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Cam Reddish

Grizzlies 2019 NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Cam Reddish

Which version of Cam Reddish will NBA teams draft? Next in GBB’s NBA Draft Prospect Profile Series is Duke forward, Cam Reddish. Reddish is a 6’8” wing who came into college as one of the top three recruits in the country. He chose to enroll at Duke University to be part of the Big 3 along side Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett. Reddish was definitely the least known out of the three which was contributed to his play on this Duke team. In his one season at Duke, Reddish averaged 13.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game. This was not the production many had expected from him...
Grizzly Bear Blues May 24, 2019
Grizzlies 2019 NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Jarrett Culver

Grizzlies 2019 NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Jarrett Culver

A dark horse to get into the Top 3 Most of the players projected to be in the top-10 of this year’s NBA Draft have a pretty fair idea of where they will probably end up. But there’s one player that may make a big jump and move into the top-3. Yes, that’s what I said. I believe when it comes to the discussion of who goes after Zion Williamson and Ja Morant at 1 and 2 respectively, that the next name off the board should be Jarrett Culver. That isn’t to say that RJ Barrett isn’t worthy of being the Knicks pick at 3, should Zion and Ja go 1 and 2. Barrett is a dynamic player that...
Get to know Grizzlies NBA draft prospect Ja Morant

Get to know Grizzlies NBA draft prospect Ja Morant

Grizzlies NBA draft prospect Ja Morant answered questions from fans Wednesday, revealing more about his personality.        
Grizzlies Podcast: Still plenty of unanswered questions in wake of NBA Draft lottery

Grizzlies Podcast: Still plenty of unanswered questions in wake of NBA Draft lottery

On this weeks episode, beat writer David Cobb and columnist Mark Giannotto examine how it should proceed with the No. 2 overall pick.        
Grizzly Bear Blues May 23, 2019
Ja Morant will save the Memphis Grizzlies

Ja Morant will save the Memphis Grizzlies

But it won’t start on the basketball court. For two years, the Memphis Grizzlies have wandered the NBA landscape without any understanding of who they are. In the absence of resident alpha males and strong personalities Tony Allen and Zach Randolph, those that were left behind were unable to cultivate what exactly it means to be a Grizzly. Marc Gasol and Mike Conley do not have those types of personalities - they aren’t tone setters when it comes to identity. They on good-to-great teams are the 2nd, 3rd, or perhaps even 4th best players (especially in Gasol’s case in Toronto) at this...
Grizzly Bear Blues May 23, 2019
Grizzlies 2019 NBA Draft Prospect Profile: De’Andre Hunter

Grizzlies 2019 NBA Draft Prospect Profile: De’Andre Hunter

The Grizzlies may already have their minds made up, but let’s learn more about National Champion, De’Andre Hunter Check out previous entries in our 2019 NBA Draft Prospect Profile series here. Next in GBB’s NBA Draft Prospect Profile Series is Virginia forward, De’Andre Hunter. Hunter is a 6’7”, 3-and-D wing who has a lot of promise in this year’s draft. He is coming off of his sophomore season at Virginia averaging 15.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game, ending the season with the highest honor of being crowned National Champions. Hunter comes into the draft...
Grizzly Bear Blues May 22, 2019
Grizzlies 2019 NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Darius Garland

Grizzlies 2019 NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Darius Garland

Perhaps the biggest unknown Check out previous entries in our 2019 NBA Draft Prospect Profile series here. I was fully prepared for the Memphis Grizzlies to be picking fourth or eighth, and if you have been a Grizzlies fan for awhile, you understand why. As you know by now, the basketball gods smiled down - well maybe grinned or smirked - at the Grizzlies as the lottery awarded Memphis the second overall pick. At no point in the scouting process did I look at Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, or RJ Barrett because I had zero belief any of them would be in reach. I spent most of my time hyping up...
Grizzly Bear Blues May 22, 2019
Patience in coaching search is a virtue

Patience in coaching search is a virtue

This job just became much more attractive. Let’s be real. Any NBA head coaching job is attractive; there’s no such thing as a bad NBA coaching job. There are only 30 head coach spots to go around, which is quite small for a relatively large pool. The 150-200 assistant coaches in the league, the former NBA coaches, college basketball coaches, and even former players dream of taking one of those NBA head coaching jobs. I’m saying that because there was this perceived notion that the Memphis Grizzlies’ head coaching job wasn’t an attractive job. After firing J.B. Bickerstaff,...
Grizzly Bear Blues May 21, 2019
Jaren Jackson Jr. selected 1st Team NBA All-Rookie

Jaren Jackson Jr. selected 1st Team NBA All-Rookie

JJJ adds another achievement to his rookie season Jaren Jackson Jr. was named to the 2018-2019 All-Rookie First Team, the NBA announced earlier today. The 2018-19 NBA All-Rookie First Team! @DeandreAyton @MB3FIVE @luka7doncic @jarenjacksonjr @TheTraeYoung pic.twitter.com/U4Bzf6suQq— NBA (@NBA) May 21, 2019 JJJ had the 4th most points in votes among the rookies with 159 total points. The Rookie of the Year finalists lead the first team with both Luka Doncic and Trae Young getting the maximum 200 points, while Deandre Ayton got 195. Marvin Bagley III rounds out the first team with 156...
Jaren Jackson Jr. earns first-team all NBA All-Rookie honors for Memphis Grizzlies

Jaren Jackson Jr. earns first-team all NBA All-Rookie honors for Memphis Grizzlies

Memphis Grizzlies power forward Jaren Jackson Jr. earned NBA All-Rookie First Team honors, the league announced Tuesday.        
Grizzly Bear Blues May 21, 2019
Grizzlies 2019 NBA Draft Prospect Profile: RJ Barrett

Grizzlies 2019 NBA Draft Prospect Profile: RJ Barrett

Yes, Ja Morant is probably the pick. But Barrett is a solid Plan B. Check out previous entries in our 2019 NBA Draft Prospect Profile series here. Once the adrenaline wore off and fans sat back and realized that it was indeed real, the Memphis Grizzlies had “won” the 2nd pick in the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery, the debate over who should be that selection for Memphis lasted all of one day. Reports surfaced that the organization had “locked in” on Murray State’s Ja Morant, and any Twitter poll or search of the pulse of Grizzlies fans online could lead you to a similar conclusion - the...
Grizzly Bear Blues May 20, 2019
Grizzlies 2019 NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Ja Morant

Grizzlies 2019 NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Ja Morant

Let’s start with the player that the Grizzlies reportedly appear to be picking. As I sat in the movie theater, I was on the edge of my seat with anticipation. Of course, it wasn’t because of the movie, which I had to see as part of my final exam for a class. It was because the NBA draft lottery was also taking place. Now you can imagine my excitement as I saw through Twitter that the Memphis Grizzlies had moved into the top four. At the end of the night, they may have not won the Zion sweepstakes, but they did close the night with the second pick. And while Zion Williamson may very...
Memphis Grizzlies coaching search: Igor Kokoskov reportedly a candidate

Memphis Grizzlies coaching search: Igor Kokoskov reportedly a candidate

Former Phoenix Suns coach Igor Kokoskov reportedly interviewed for the Memphis Grizzlies head coaching job over the weekend.        
Grizzly Bear Blues May 20, 2019
When is the best time to trade Mike Conley?

When is the best time to trade Mike Conley?

Mike Conley’s days in a Grizz jersey seem to be numbered, but when is the best time to move him? Whether it is here at Grizzly Bear Blues, other local media outlets, or even the national outlets like ESPN and Bleacher Report, there has been widespread speculation regarding a Mike Conley trade for the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies first entertained offers this past trade deadline, but opted to keep their Conductor to wrap up their season and achieve their goal of conveying the pick to Boston. Here we are in mid-May and the Grizzlies did not achieve their goal of conveying the pick to Boston....

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