Boo, Spurs fans can go troll another site. Go Grizzlies and Go Memphis!!!!!
You might have done a better job of informing readers and yourself of the reasons people are pushing for bike lanes in Memphis in the first place. We're the not the first city with a growing population eager to eschew pains at the pump and taxing commutes for bikes.
The biggest problem with this debate, as with most in the city of Memphis, is that there is plenty of evidence in existence that could help a reasonable person make the inference that bike lanes would be a long-term gain for the city in many ways. Of course, no new idea can ever be proven and yet the burden is on the people promoting a new solution to old problems to PROVE that it will be an overwhelming success. In fact, the burden should be on the rest of Memphis to show that increasing sustainability and catering to the lifestyle preferences of the young, energetic and mobile is the wrong path to purse. People like you, without doing your homework, then reduce the conversation to a few simplistic elements, such as, helping Midtown businesses and promoting new investment, as if bike lanes, by themselves, should be expected to be a panacea, otherwise they're not worth doing, and then conclude, in essence, that bike lanes won't work because enough bike lanes don't exist (or the built environment isn't already sustainable enough to support them).
Bike lanes are one part of a larger debate. Bike lanes by themselves won't transform this city into the "sustainable," "liveable" city that many people are working so hard for. But they're one part, they're not cost prohibitive and they can play an important role in moving the built environment of this city forward.
Memphis should set a goal of being the most dense and sustainable urban core in the South a decade from now. Bike lanes will help us get there.
I haven't seen anyone mention the positives Allen directly causes when he doesn't get a stat. One, in particular, stands out: Conley's rip of David Lee and lay-up after the offensive board was caused by Tony Allen's playing of the outlet passing lane. As impressive as his stat line is, Allen's impact on the game was even more dominant. I was also amazed when Allen nearly orchestrated a planned steal from Monta Ellis by communicating with Gasol, then on cue, letting Ellis drive and directing him into Gasol. Allen intended to swipe the ball off the top of Ellis as he went up for the pull up jumper. The ref called a foul, and perhaps it was, but the idea was ingenious.
According to Dwyer's list and your comments, Gay has a real chance of establishing himself as the fourth- or fifth-best small forward in the league this season. Would he deserve his contract then? Would all the smarmy talk about his not living up to expectations cease then? I think he showed with Team USA this summer that he's a better player than Iguodala and Granger. You, yourself, say Wallace is overrated at fourth (the only SF of the four to be cut from Team USA). Is Rudy Gay the best small forward in the league behind Pierce, Carmelo, Durant and Lebron? I think yes, and he may be better than Pierce.
Also, I'm not convinced by Dwyer's analysis. Rudy Gay did not have his career year in 07-08. What an absurd statement. It's so myopic. Guys should lose their jobs over analysis that bad, because it's that annoying to fans. Just because Gay averaged 0.5 ppg more in 07-08 on a team that won 22 games than he did in 09-10 on a team that won 40 does not make that his best season as a pro. I'm laughing at Dwyer right now.
Amazing article from Wojnarowski. Should win an award.
Conley can't win. I was sitting in front of an elderly woman and her husband who seemingly came to the game to find fault with him. In particular, after he finished the layup Herrington referenced above, one of the more exciting plays of the game, I overheard them making comments about other shots he had missed. This went on for the entirety of the game. An incessant negative drivel regarding Conley that didn't stop until the final horn sounded.
As for pointing out the Warriors' sagging defense, it would be more pertinent if it were recognized in context. Not only did the Warriors not have any other option, with Randolph and Gasol eating them up on the inside, but it also didn't really work. Conley was able to post and re-post Randolph or find Gasol inside despite their efforts. Moreover, Conley's competition, Tinsley, for point guard isn't exactly playing good basketball right now. Sure, Conley could have shot better. Duh. But he has been shooting well recently, especially against Indiana, in which he looked legimately unstoppable for stretches.
As much as people don't want to accept it, Conley's heady play has been contributing to the Grizzlies' recent run of success. His best qualities are supremely underrated and he is coming around in terms of using his quickness to get past defenders, create and get to the rim. It seems like there isn't a point guard in the NBA who can stay in front of him. And most players with his speed and quickness aren't as committed to team basketball or as willing to take a backseat to the rest of the starting lineup. Memphis fans are just going to have to accept it - this Grizzlies team is good (at least, the starting 5 is) and after games like the last three, there isn't much to quibble about, including Conley's play.
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