Between the performance issues and this new injury, I think it's pretty clear that he needs to just shut it down. If he needs surgery, go get it and work toward next season.
He's been a drag on this year's team. He knows it. The coaches know it. The only reason he's been getting minutes is because they're wanting to work toward a chemistry for the future. The injury provides cover to go ahead and shut it down and get ready to be 100% next year.
Fiz found a good starting line up with Conley, Gasol, J-Mike, Carter, and Allen last night. Stick with that. Work Zach heavy minutes off the bench, and try to reclaim the defensive intensity of past seasons over the final few weeks to give us a fighting chance in a first round match up with what now looks like a best case scenario of the Rockets.
Alabama spent decades trying to replace Bear Bryant, never being satisfied.
Well, they finally found a great one, one that's actually BETTER than Bryant. I am just anxiously waiting the period following Saban, because they'll be even more picky and even less likely to realize their expectations.
The legend of Bear Bryant has grown through the years, but people forget that his 11th-14th seasons at Bama were not all that impressive. He went 4 straight years without an SEC title from 1967-1970, going 6-5 and 6-5-1 in 1969 and 1970.
It's reasonable to wonder if in this day and age that Bryant would've been run off at that point. He obviously wasn't and went on to win 9 more SEC titles and 3 more national titles after that point. It's just interesting to look back on that and wonder how that would play these days. Imagine Saban going 9-3 these next two seasons and then 7-5 the following two seasons. Would Bama try to usher him into retirement?
For comparison, Bryant won 3 national titles and 4 SEC titles in his first 10 seasons at Bama. Saban has won 4 national titles and 5 SEC titles in his first 10 seasons at Bama. This coming in a tougher era of college football with scholarship limitations, a BCS title game, and now a playoff.
Ditto, Ditto, Ditto, to all comments, they all have merit. But moving forward, we here who are real Tiger basketball fans, need to hold this staff accountable in their recruiting. It is the lifeblood of any college sports program. Get out there and sign some really good players. Don't just coach average players up. Please recruit high level players and get them to realize their potential.
I can't say I disagree with much of what has been said--except for that last ridiculous comment--but I also have real problems with just giving up on the year. It may be the wiser long term approach to take, no doubt about it, but I feel like it is showing such a huge amount of disrespect to the fans to just say we will worry about it next year. It is not easy to attend all of these games, to give up our family time to spend it with the Grizzlies, and I certainly have to work very hard to come up with the money to pay for the multiple games that we attend. To dismiss all of that is to spit in my face, and when I see the lack of effort, it makes me angry that we care so much. It's hard enough seeing that the players don't give a damn about the fans, I wish the reporters following the team would at least show the courtesy of mentioning how hard this is for us.
I don't remember ever having seen a Tiger team go completely off the rails at the end of the season as this team has done. From 18-7 to 19-13 is an amazing drop-off, and I have no real clue as to where to place the blame...the players quitting on the coach for some reason, the coach just not getting through to the players, both, neither--I just really don't know because I'm not in their heads or in the locker room. Lawson had better not think about leaving for the NBA because his play of late doesn't prove he's ready. He's a quality player, no doubt, but he's not ready for Prime Time yet.
Need to try no matter what
Another question, is Tubby old and just here for a paycheck?
Talking about players quitting on a coach. My question is, what is wrong with players from the Memphis area? Seems like Memphis players are soft and quit when things get tough...
This is why the 49ers fired Bill Walsh after his first year at 2-14.... oh wait they didn't.
Fire Tubby Smith tonight! Don't wait another day. This is unacceptable on any level.
You people that keep saying the same ole BS about Mike Conley needing a backup, is disturbing. Mike Conley is very mediocre at best. You pay him $150 mil and he gives you these numbers - 3 points (3-14 FG, 0-4 3Pt). Conley robbed the grizzlies!!
I get the idea that you're trying to build for your future by forcing Parsons, Gasol, and Conley to start meshing. However, that's basically sacrificing this year.
That said, Parsons didn't play last night, so you can't put any of last night on him.
I think the ultimate thing that's concerning to me is the defense. In past years, even when this team went through slumps, you knew they were going to defend and make teams have to work for it. They may be slumping because the offense bogged down, and they couldn't hit jump shots, or because they had no backup PG to take a load of Conley, but you knew they were going to bully teams and always have a shot.
This team has lost that. I don't know if it's that Tony isn't starting, or if Tony isn't starting because he's lost a step defensively. Whatever it is, the defensive communication isn't what it was, and this team is giving up too many easy shots. Team defense is a problem. When you couple that with an offense that has started to sputter, you get a team that's just not very good at all right now.
I don't know the fix. About the only thing I do know is that Andrew Harrison as a starter is NOT the fix.
I also could recommend more minutes for Troy Daniels. He's an efficient shooter and scorer. The team could use that right now. Still, I think it ultimately comes back to defense, and I don't think that gets fixed until this off-season.
Unfortunately, I've basically written this season off. The ceiling has been hit for this year's squad, and I don't see it getting good enough by playoff time to really matter. This team will either get bounced by Houston or San Antonio, and we'll be lucky if it's just a gentleman's sweep.
use to be a grizzlie fan. it seems fizdale has fized. i never could justify starting parsons, he was not shooting, not rebounding, not defending. like zach, fizdale could have said, okay i am playing parsons on the second unit to get him easier baskets and less work on defense until he is ready to start. at the three you could run troy or james in opposing team matchups. it seems you could start brandon at the four no argument there. to read about t.a. not playing to his usual self is to forget about those games in december and january, you know before this, whatever it is started. if i am playing and i am watching some guy making $94 million going thru the motions and the coach is supporting this then i might become discontented. in deed, the grizz could be discontented.
I remember Mike Butler well. As a kid I saw him play in Kingsbury vs. Treadwell games, then as point guard at Memphis State. Amazing trick dribbler and ball handler.
The only way to tell what is going to happen next, is buy some tickets and see the game played. Coulda, woulda, shoulda. I still place odds on Tubby. There's gold in there. You just need to be patient.
Tubby Smith is not a recruiter. This was a bad hire from the beginning. No talent is on the way to help out. It all goes downhill from here.
The idea that Josh Pastner took a dollar from this school to leave and left this...
Yeah I know, this is his honeymoon, but moving forward, Tubby needs to recruit the right players for this program. And he needs to stop being so stubborn about bringing top talent to his system. He is moving towards the end of his coaching career, he doesn't have to outright cheat, but at least stroke some egos. Tell them what they want to hear, but do it his way once players are signed and on campus.
I expected to lose this game, but this kind of loss was NOT expected. Not long ago, it was not inconceivable to be a dark horse to get in the NCAAs; now, I doubt we'll get any invite to any post-season tournament after we, in all likelihood, lose in the conference tourney. I hate it because I love my Tigers, but I am sure looking forward to next year. Tubby will have his first season with us under his belt, and perhaps the rebuilding can continue.
By Toby Sells
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