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Jun 19, 2019
The seasons of Mike Conley

The seasons of Mike Conley

At the likely end of his time in Memphis, a look back at this season of his life with the Grizzlies Life is made up of meetings and partings...that is the way of it. - Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit in A Muppet’s Christmas Carol In the spring of Mike Conley’s career with the Memphis Grizzlies, there was plenty of rain. The 4th overall pick of the Grizzlies in the 2007 NBA Draft was not universally beloved from the beginning of his Memphis run. In fact, in some of the darkest corners of the internet and elsewhere, there was outright disgust and disdain for what Conley was at the start...
Jun 19, 2019
What Might Have Been: 2018 NBA Draft

What Might Have Been: 2018 NBA Draft

This was a good one. Over the next week and a half, I’m going to look back at each draft for the Memphis Grizzlies since the infamous 2009 proceedings. I’ll discuss what their pick would’ve been — in a semi-satirical way — if he was selected by another team. In addition, I’ll do the same about players they passed on if they were picked by the Memphis Grizzlies instead. Then, I’ll wrap it up by making sense on the pick and if it was the right call at the time. With that, let’s conclude this “What Might Have Been” series with the 2018 draft. Check out the 2009 Draft...
Jun 19, 2019
What Might Have Been: 2017 NBA Draft

What Might Have Been: 2017 NBA Draft

Cool that the Memphis Grizzlies found a way to get picks, but never send a first-round pick in a salary dump. Over the next week and a half, I’m going to look back at each draft for the Memphis Grizzlies since the infamous 2009 proceedings. I’ll discuss what their pick would’ve been — in a semi-satirical way — if he was selected by another team. In addition, I’ll do the same about players they passed on if they were picked by the Memphis Grizzlies instead. Then, I’ll wrap it up by making sense on the pick and if it was the right call at the time. With that, let’s continue...
Jun 18, 2019
What Might Have Been: 2016 NBA Draft

What Might Have Been: 2016 NBA Draft

This one is painful. Over the next week and a half, I’m going to look back at each draft for the Memphis Grizzlies since the infamous 2009 proceedings. I’ll discuss what their pick would’ve been — in a semi-satirical way — if he was selected by another team. In addition, I’ll do the same about players they passed on if they were picked by the Memphis Grizzlies instead. Then, I’ll wrap it up by making sense on the pick and if it was the right call at the time. With that, let’s continue this “What Might Have Been” series with the 2016 draft. Check out the 2009 Draft...
Jun 18, 2019
What Might Have Been: 2015 NBA Draft

What Might Have Been: 2015 NBA Draft

It honestly wasn’t terrible... Over the next week and a half, I’m going to look back at each draft for the Memphis Grizzlies since the infamous 2009 proceedings. I’ll discuss what their pick would’ve been — in a semi-satirical way — if he was selected by another team. In addition, I’ll do the same about players they passed on if they were picked by the Memphis Grizzlies instead. Then, I’ll wrap it up by making sense on the pick and if it was the right call at the time. With that, let’s continue this “What Might Have Been” series with the 2011 draft — the first one...
Jun 18, 2019
2019 GBB Community Mock NBA Draft: GRIZZLIES TRADE ALERT AT #29

2019 GBB Community Mock NBA Draft: GRIZZLIES TRADE ALERT AT #29

Because why not? The last post for the 2019 GBB Community Mock NBA Draft needed another Grizzlies pick, in my opinion. So here we are. In case you’re just joining us, here’s the deal. Every year before the NBA Draft we here at Grizzly Bear Blues put on a mock draft of epic proportions. This isn’t your granddaddy’s mock draft - there are trades (lots of them, as you’re about to see) that have to be approved unanimously by our trade panel (former GBBer/current Patreon page owner Matt Hrdlicka, NBA Twitter hero Sagar Trika, and Peter Edmiston of Sports56 WHBQ in Memphis and The...
Jun 17, 2019
Mike Conley trade talks intensifying, per report

Mike Conley trade talks intensifying, per report

There are clear signs Mike Conley being traded is now a question of when rather than if. It seems that the speculation of rather Mike Conley will be traded is likely closer to being a reality more than ever. Oh...(via @ShamsCharania) pic.twitter.com/NhcKaUuTTa— Joe Mullinax (@JoeMullinax) June 17, 2019 Shams Charania, in his latest Inside Pass, sheds light on the subject, stating the Grizzlies are “intensifying talks to move franchise icon Mike Conley”. David Cobb also provides local coverage on the story over at the Commercial Appeal. The Utah Jazz appear to be the front...
Jun 17, 2019
What Might Have Been: 2014 NBA Draft

What Might Have Been: 2014 NBA Draft

Let’s debate. Over the next week and a half, I’m going to look back at each draft for the Memphis Grizzliessince the infamous 2009 proceedings. I’ll discuss what their pick would’ve been — in a semi-satirical way — if he was selected by another team. In addition, I’ll do the same about players they passed on if they were picked by the Memphis Grizzlies instead. Then, I’ll wrap it up by making sense on the pick and if it was the right call at the time. With that, let’s continue this “What Might Have Been” series with the 2011 draft — the first one with a traded...
Jun 17, 2019
GBB Roundtable: 2019 NBA Draft Edition!

GBB Roundtable: 2019 NBA Draft Edition!

It is draft week! Finally, we are approaching the 2019 NBA Draft! Ever since the Memphis Grizzlies won the 2nd overall pick in the NBA Draft Lottery, fans have been anxiously awaiting this day. They’ve been making plans for how they will be enjoying the draft festivities (hopefully with us, I Love Memphis, and 92.9 FM ESPN at The Bluff) and counting down the hours, minutes, and even seconds until the Grizzlies (almost certainly) select Ja Morant of Murray State to be Jaren Jackson Jr.’s running partner for hopefully the next decade. There are other angles to cover for Memphis beyond the...
Jun 17, 2019
2019 GBB Community Mock NBA Draft: Picks #25-28

2019 GBB Community Mock NBA Draft: Picks #25-28

Let’s catch up, shall well? We’ve been away for a few days. Let’s catch up. In case you’re just joining us, here’s the deal. Every year before the NBA Draft we here at Grizzly Bear Blues put on a mock draft of epic proportions. This isn’t your granddaddy’s mock draft - there are trades (lots of them, as you’re about to see) that have to be approved unanimously by our trade panel (former GBBer/current Patreon page owner Matt Hrdlicka, NBA Twitter hero Sagar Trika, and Peter Edmiston of Sports56 WHBQ in Memphis and The Athletic) - and also all thirty teams are represented by a...
Jun 17, 2019
Making a moment with the Memphis Grizzlies

Making a moment with the Memphis Grizzlies

The joy of new beginnings reflects old memories in Memphis. The date was October 31st 2007. The Memphis Grizzlies are preparing to play the San Antonio Spurs for their home opener. As Pau Gasol steps out of the tunnel, he likely feels an old familiar pressure beginning to mount. After leading the Grizzlies to no playoff wins despite three postseason appearances, the questions of his leadership and toughness have never been more persistent. It certainly doesn’t help matters much that the Grizzlies went 22-60 the prior season in which he had missed significant time. This may be his last...
Jun 17, 2019
The true value of Jaren Jackson Jr.

The true value of Jaren Jackson Jr.

Making Memphis Marketable As an NBA fan, I love the amount of coverage the league gets no matter what time of year it is. As a Memphis Grizzlies fan, I hate how little exposure our team gets, even in the 7 year playoff run. It did not matter how many games we won or were expected to win, the national games were going to the teams that had the marketable players, not just the market. Oklahoma City is a small market, but because they had Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and now Russ and Paul George, people wanted to watch. Look at baseball. The Los Angeles Angels have the best player on...
Jun 14, 2019
2019 NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Admiral Schofield

2019 NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Admiral Schofield

With off-the-chart intangibles and an intriguing athletic profile, Admiral Schofield could be one of the best values in the 2019 Draft. As we see every year, the NBA draft is a very active night for trades across the league. And with some attractive contracts and players on their roster, the Grizzlies could be one of the more active teams on June 20th. If the Grizzlies were to acquire another pick, it seems they could go several different ways with who they could choose. Many of the options are players with intriguing skill sets and high ceilings, but also plenty of question marks. As a...
Jun 14, 2019
GBB Roundtable: Coaching Edition!

GBB Roundtable: Coaching Edition!

What do we make of the new head man in memphis? The Memphis Grizzlies have finally hired a new head coach. Now what? To explore possible concerns about new head man Taylor Jenkins, as well as things to be optimistic about and more, I have enlisted the help of some friends. Joining me are GBB Associate Editor Jack Noonan, GBB Social Media Editor Matthew Preston, GBB Senior Writer Parker Fleming, and GBB Writer Lauren Harvey. Let’s dive right in. After hearing from Taylor Jenkins and Zachary Kleiman/Tayshaun Prince, do you believe he will truly get a long-term opportunity to build something...
Jun 14, 2019
The trial of Jonas Valanciunas

The trial of Jonas Valanciunas

The big man has his day in court... You have now entered the Grizzly Bear Blues court room, where the (kind of) Honorable Joe Mullinax presides over standing cases of debate involving the Memphis Grizzlies. Today’s case is a somewhat unexpected one - the debate over whether or not Jonas Valanciunas should be the focus of a long-term deal for the Memphis Grizzlies. Both sides will have their say, and then Judge Mullinax will render a verdict that will almost certainly be disagreed with immediately by a vast majority of people. BAILIFF: ALL RISE. THE GRIZZLY BEAR BLUES COURT IS NOW IN...