The Grizzlies introduced former assistant Lionel Hollins as their new head coach in a press conference at FedExForum [Sunday]. Afterward, owner Michael Heisley held court before a small scrum of reporters in a long, candid, sometimes combative, and sometimes jovial back-and-forth that had me wishing Iâd brought a tape recorder rather than just a notebook ...
After losing 108-98 in overtime last week in Minneapolis, the Grizzlies seek revenge tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves. It's the first meeting in Memphis between the teams since their draft-day trade that netted the Grizzlies O.J. Mayo in exchange for Mike Miller and fellow rookie Kevin Love.
Grizzlies fans are justifiably feeling good about the trade, but will feel better with a win tonight. Chris Herrington has a preview up at Beyond the Arc and will be live-blogging the game tonight.
As always, the Grizzlies love to make news during a holiday when I'm off on family duty and not tending to the blog. Some quick notes on various new developments in GrizWorld:
1. The "Steve Francis" Trade: Setting aside the karmic poetry of the once (and not future) "Stevie Franchise" suiting up in the uniform he rejected on draft night (when it said "Vancouver" on the front, to be fair), this was a trade as complicated to explain as it is inconsequential ... More from Beyond the Arc.