Come on, man. Hahaha! This can't be real...
To the question on the Clippers series...if you remember correctly, he made some lineup choices that were really, really suspect. Two examples off the top of my head: Tony Allen on the bench for the majority of the run in the ridiculous collapse in game 1. Best defensive stopper seems to be a good choice when a huge lead is dwindling. Also, trotting out Gilbert Arenas and Hamed Haddadi to start the 4th quarter of a GAME SEVEN at home seems a little odd...of all times to rest the guys...4th quarter of game seven at home in a close game doesn't seem like the best timing.
Saying Joerger is better honestly has more to do with my opinion of Hollins than anything Joerger has done - which is probably unfair. Joerger hasn't done anything to make me feel strongly either way. But I feel like Hollins was VASTLY overrated by this fan base...he won when the roster got better. Very simple. It wasn't Hollins who won us games, it was the players. When we had losing seasons, we generally had rosters that weren't good enough. What about the 2010-11 season? Remember how that started? We didn't get above .500 until February...was Hollins a god of coaching then?
It's really confusing to me the praise Hollins has gotten. Has he done a good job? Yes. WCF? Awesome. But don't kid yourself, Lionel Hollins was never and is not the answer. He was an adequate coach and he had success in his last couple of years with the Grizzlies. I like Lionel generally, just don't buy the over-the-top love he gets for riding an awesome roster (and yes, two all-star bigs, the best perimeter defender in the league, a top-ten(ish) point guard, and a couple of quality rotation guys is an awesome roster).
The bottom line is - the Grizzlies have been playing without their most important player (the stats and everyone's eyeballs can see that). Our defense and offense are way better with him. So when you're most important player goes down...you lose. The panic I've seen from "fans" is pathetic. It's people finding what they were hoping to find going into the season. People who loved Hollins wanted to feel right. So Joerger, management, players, etc. get no breaks, no mercy, no benefit of the doubt. Everyone chill! The Grizzlies will be fine.
I'm still always so surprised with the Lionel fans...did people truly follow the team while he was the coach? He just about cost us the first round series against the Clippers by himself. He's tough on the guys, and sometimes it was a plus. But to sit here and act like he was a great coach is ridiculous. Joerger is every bit as good, if not better. People want Joerger to be like Hollins, but why??? Obviously Joerger has had some bad breaks in terms of injuries, and everyone experiences that, but I'm confident he'll be a good coach.
As for the tanking argument, I have a hard time buying it. We can be right around (maybe a little below) .500 by the time Gasol comes back (look at our schedule). If that is indeed the case, I believe we can grind out enough wins to grab a 6-8 seed. And honestly, I think we can go toe-to-toe in a 7 game series with ANYONE in the West. Obviously the Spurs have our number of late, so avoiding them would be advantageous, but I like our chances (healthy) against anyone in a series.
I actually am a fan of the strategy of tanking, just don't think it makes sense for a team with so many quality players to take that route. You think TA, Zbo, Conley, Prince, Miller, etc. are going to let us be bad enough truly tank?
Think about it like this: By most accounts, there are 5-7 potential studs in this draft. After that, it's a good draft, but the strength is at the top. If we can't guarantee ourselves a top-5, or even top-7 pick, is it worth it? Of course not. And honestly, with the amount of teams that will be tanking their tails off to get those good picks, I don't think we'll be bad enough to get there, so we end up kind of wasting the season.
Are we going to win a championship this year? Highly unlikely...but it will probably always be unlikely unless things break the right way. Playoff runs are going to be what's fun about the Grizzlies. Yes, everyone wants championships but how many different teams have won them in the last few years?? If we have any shot at the playoffs any given year, I think we have to go for it - because those are successful seasons for us! Don't get spoiled by the last three years, playoff appearances are awesome and there are plenty of teams wishing they had them. I say no tanking, let's grind out as many wins until Gasol is back that we can and see what happens.
Obviously I would prefer outcome 1, while 2 does indeed look most likely. My fear is, however, that number 3 (or even number 2) happens and fans blame management/coaching/some other dumb reason and then decide to have it out for the team forever. People are already bitter over Lionel Hollins being let go (a decision I was in favor of), and for some reason people complain about management even though, thus far, they've given us no reason to doubt them. Heck, the first year they take over we make the WCF. Clearly not all because of them, but every move they made was criticized and ending up working out. Personally, I trust the ownership and management, feel like it's the best we've ever had and one of the best in the league. No matter what happens this year, or even next year, I believe our franchise is in better shape than ever for the future.
Definitely an exciting game. Pistons are an improved team and a win is a win. That was pure grind mode down the stretch to pull it out. 1-1, 80 more to go! Great recap.
At this point I'd be willing to make just about any of these deals. Can't see us getting worse with Pondexter healthy and any serviceable combo of a 2 and/or 3 in return. My personal favorites are the Orlando & Dallas deals. Love Redick. Great work!
Glad someone has a brain on this issue. CA has been a joke...grizz are in a funk - and the blame doesn't rest on ownership - it rests on the players and the coaches. Everyone has to step up, period. Just a few games ago we were celebrating one of the best wins of the year (while all of this trade talk/ownership talk/hollins talk/etc was all going on). People naturally want to find a scapegoat, but don't blame the new guys who are just doing their job a little differently than Heisley did. Geez
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