Asked about the upside of little-used (by Fratello) rookies Hakim Warrick and Lawrence Roberts, whom West selected in last summers draft, The Logo said, I think Hakim Warrick could be a great player if he played. Maybe Im wrong. I didnt coach him. I think Lawrence Roberts would rebound the ball, if he played. Ouch!
Later, West was asked about former Grizzly Bonzi Wells, who is playing brilliantly for the Sacramento Kings in the playoffs but whom Fratello dismissed from the Grizzlies during last years playoffs. The question was, Why couldnt [Wells] play for this team? Wests pointed response: Im not the one to answer that.
For more on what West said today and what it might mean, see our Grizzlies blog here.
The Grizzlies rank 26th of 30 teams in the NBA in per-game attendance, but that isnt what Spears was talking about. He meant noise, passion, energy.
I dont see why Memphis crowds shouldnt be like the ones in Sacramento, Spears said, referring the cowbell-banging crazies that have made Sacramentos Arco Arena one of the leagues better homecourt advantages over the past decade.
Well, tonight is the last chance to prove Spears wrong before the playoffs start, as the Grizzlies play their final regular-season home game against the Los Angeles Clippers on fan appreciation night. Tipoff is 7 p.m. and the game is not televised, so theres only one way to see it.