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Comment Archives: Stories: Sports: Beyond the Arc

Re: “Heat 107, Grizzlies 82: One Thought

They should trade Gasol before his value goes down further. Cleveland may give Brooklyn pick for Gasol and Tyreke Evans. Get an understanding from Tyreke before trading and get him back next year once this season is over.

With two first round picks + Conley + Tyreke + Parson, some semblance of a middle of the peck team rather than starting at bottom with no 2019 first round pick (thanks CW). For the rest, I am not too confident. May be, Brooks (more offensive opportunities) and Rabb (build strength) improve further during this year and become a rotation player. May be Kobi improves. Rest of the team is not worthy.

Posted by PSHARMA1 on 12/12/2017 at 6:27 PM

Re: “Heat 107, Grizzlies 82: One Thought

This is the end result of GnG aging out with no plan to replace it, either with an identity or players to execute it. Prediction: Pera sells to Kaplan/Straus, Levien takes over operations and fires Chris Wallace. We will stink the rest of the year and maybe next year as well.

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Posted by LeftWingCracker on 12/12/2017 at 10:21 AM

Re: “The Hustle Dispatch: Week 5

Austin Nicholls?

Posted by Jerry Cupples on 12/07/2017 at 9:21 PM

Re: “Mavericks 95, Grizzlies 94: Five Grumpy Thanksgiving Thoughts

You can't even go through the schedule and circle any wins now. The team is playing so bad that any win at this stage would be surprising rather than expected.

Take out Tyreke, Dillon, Brendan Wright, the current roster is a problem

Gasol is moody player with mood swings. Has shown no inclination to be a leader of this team and does not seem to have the temprament

Conley is not going to be any better than last year even when fully fit. So not much should be expected of it

Any goods Parson produces is bonus as not much is expected of him

McLemore does not look like that he will blossom in this system.

Ennis, Green, J. Martin, Harrison are hardly fit for second unit let alone playing as starters. They may need a great coach to get the best out of them. Fizz does not have it

Selden is going to be same as Ennis, McLemore, and Green.. Lot of hope and wishful thinking but their true talent is to be not a starter player.

Coach Fizzdale has shown no tactical or strategic mastery in this season. The team never gets a set play right.
He is not able to tell some of his players to stop shooting threes.
Timeout are ill-timed
Quarters are badly lost with no inspiration
He is not able to develop leaders.
Ball stops moving so often and players jacking up shot or playing iso

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Posted by PSHARMA1 on 11/23/2017 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Blazers 100, Grizzlies 92: Five Thoughts

@AndyDepper This was actually incorrect on the official NBA media stats site, and I didn't catch it while I was writing the piece. It seemed higher than I expected, but I didn't do any digging. I blame the Sudafed, but either way I was looking at the wrong record. Good catch.

Posted by Kevin Lipe on 11/21/2017 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Blazers 100, Grizzlies 92: Five Thoughts

Thought the 'sitting at 7-6' was just a typo, but then later 'Sitting above .500 probably shouldn't be as frustrating as it is. . .' We are 7-9 after the 5 game losing streak.

As to the 1st comment, the typical fire Wallace and blow it up comment we see every year anytime there is a losing streak. So silly. We have 3 guys in the early years of max contracts. There is no blowing up. Especially with us not having our 1st round pick in '19, it isn't happening.

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Posted by AndyDepper on 11/21/2017 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Blazers 100, Grizzlies 92: Five Thoughts

Grizzlies just don't have the talent right now to be a good NBA team. With Conley regressing and often injured, Gasol being a moody player that he is, Parson (sunk cost and no expectations), only Tyreke Evans is capable of taking this team to new heights. He can only do so much. Next year, he will be gone unless FO can manage to ship one of the other three out.

I don't see any player from current crop- injured or not injured having the talent to rise to next level.
Grizzlies currently has 2nd round picks, D-league talent (expected to become NBA level through hard work alone), and discarded or injured players playing against genuine talent (sometimes not polished) on other teams

Front office, to hide its poor job over the years, expects a Coach to transform this team into top echelon team. It is just a fantasy.

Grizzlies can blow up this year or will have to do it anyway next year. Every franchise has to go through lows before finding next set of talent to take it back up to top. Just the nature of the sports. Grizzlies are trying to emulate SPURS model without the SPURSian coaching. This year's team in San Antonio (without Kwahi) is no better than an average NBA team yet Pop is able to get best out of them and win games against mediocre teams that Griz can't seem to figure out. Out of 9 losses, at least 6 losses were because of just not wanting more than the other team and not for lesser talent.

Only ray of hope is that Clippers, Blazers, Pelicans, Jazz are not that good this year and will lose lots of games, so grizzlies still have a shot at 7 or 8 position in playoffs.

We can blame injuries or lack of chemistry, but team does not have a superstar player or coach to bail it out and when team does not click as a whole, results like this start to pile up.

What is the point in going to playoff and losing in the first round to a Warrior or Rocket team. Third consecutive loss in first round. It is better to blow up this team and start with new talent.

Ship Gasol to Cavaliers and tank the season. Get Brooklyn's first round pick and get own pick in lottery after missing playoff. 2 first round pick and we can start rebuilding next year.

Gasol (at 33 yr ) Parson, Conley, Mclemore are not going to make this a winning team next year.

FIRE WALLACE and get new person to find talent. Wallace needs to go before team can rebuild otherwise history will repeat itself

Posted by PSHARMA1 on 11/21/2017 at 9:36 AM

Re: “The Hustle Report: Week 2

Austin Nichols, no mention.

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Posted by Jerry Cupples on 11/17/2017 at 9:03 PM

Re: “Hornets 104, Grizzlies 99: Five Thoughts

Few notes:

Don't know what value Harrison adds by playing 5 min in the beginning of 1st and 3rd quarter. Can a bench player not play extra minutes and still play with rest of bench players if Fizzdale is worried about disrupting the chemistry. He is probably going to get traded or waived later in the season.

Tyreke is the only consistent players, saving the blushes for this team

Mario Chalmers makes lots of boneheaded fouls and his layup % reminds me of Tony Allen

Dillon Brooks, as a rookie will make mistakes, defers to senior players too much and hesitates to take shots. He should take his 3 point shots when open. Once in rhythm, they will start to go in. Coach should encourage that.

Tyreke does not want to pass ball to anyone. Wants to score lots of points himself and get a fat contract next year. This style may be good for him but does not help with team basketball. He is a productive Lance Stephenson

Conley does not play good basketball against better PGs. It is not just this year, I have noticed that for years, when some big PG is playing against him, more often than not his performances are not great. You can do a stat comparison of his performances against good PGs and average PGs.

Marc Gasol is a moody player and so his ups and downs should be as common as waxing and waning of moon

Don't expect Selden or McClemore to be world saviors. They may be better than Harrison but proof is in the pudding. Selden is not a good, consistent 3 point shooter and McClemore may not be a defensive stalwart team needs.

Posted by PSHARMA1 on 10/31/2017 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Grizzlies 103, Rockets 89: Five Thoughts

Coach wants to increase the speed and tempo of the team but MG and MC are the biggest culprits in slow pace. They have played the game a certain way for 10 yrs and hard for them to change. MG is a big guy and needs to burn more energy to carry that bulk.

MC's game has always centered around bringing ball over the half line and giving to Gasol or Zebo and let them decide the next step for the team. Can he become a person who gets the ball moving and players moving. MC seems to have lost a step and gained some weight (may be more muscles) before the season. His defense is not the same

For Grizzlies to become faster, the leaders have to change, rest of the team is already fast paced.

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Posted by Pankaj Sharma on 10/29/2017 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Five Things About Grizzlies/Rockets

Like the bullet form comments, Kevin.

I agree on Tyreke. It was obvious some of his teammates didn't like his ball stopping. But guess they, and we, are going to have to live with it.

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Posted by AndyDepper on 10/12/2017 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Five Things About Grizzlies/Rockets

Harrison worked hard yesterday. If coaches can help improve his 3 point shot and layups, he could be a good role player.

They should really cut Baldwin and Zagorac or Deyonta Davis. None of these guys are going to become a natural NBA level basketball player. Hoping some guys will become a player future when they don't have the attributes is Hasheem Thabeet type of judgement error.

Parson's 94M are starting to hurt this team now. Cuban was right in not giving max to a player whose consecutive seasons ended with knee injuries. Wallace bought a lemon and the team will suffer for it in coming 3 years.

Wallace must go also. He has shown no intelligence in building team or selecting right draft picks. Because of TA/Zebo, this team avoided missing playoffs in last so many years. But the days of his reckoning are coming. I hope some one has the sense to get rid of him soon.

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Posted by PSHARMA1 on 10/12/2017 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Five Things About Grizzlies/Rockets

Thanks Sue! I googled but didn't check Urban Dictionary - now I know.

Posted by Andrea Tomes on 10/12/2017 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Five Things About Grizzlies/Rockets

To Andrea Tomes: According to Urban Dictionary, A basketball term; To make eye contact with an open teamate, and then pass the ball to another player, as if to disrespect the first players skills as a viable scoring option.

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Posted by Sue Whitt on 10/12/2017 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Five Things About Grizzlies/Rockets

Sorry about my basketball ignorance but can somebody explain what the tweet "Tyreke just looked off eight Grizzlies" means? Thank you ...

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Posted by Andrea Tomes on 10/12/2017 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Ten Things About Grizzlies/Hawks

They were trying a lot of things last night, different combinations, etc.

Once the season gets into full swing, I don't think they will be as reliant on deep bench play as usual - I suspect a rotation of mostly veterans - Gasol, Green, Parsons, Evans, Wright, Ennis, Selden, Conley, Chalmers as a 9 man rotation (10 when McLemore gets back) and the younger guys when needed - Rabb, Davis, Simmons, Brooks, Baldwin.

Think Harrison and Martin get cut.

Last night showed me exactly one thing in reality - Ilyasova would be a nice fit with the Grizzlies. Nice stroke out to the 3 point line, active big and plays smart defense.

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Posted by Bjorn2Hula on 10/10/2017 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Ten Things About Grizzlies/Hawks

After watching yesterday's game, all I can say is good luck with the season. In years past, Zebo/TA/VC/TD won us some games by either some hot shooting or shear WILL of carrying the team on their back. This year not a single player besides MC/MG looks capable of giving 20+ points on a night when either MC or MG are struggling. And MG will struggle (being a moody person) and MC will breakdown at times. We can wait for Mclemore to see what he brings to the table but I don't expect his contribution to be a game changer.

Rebounding is going to be a nightmare this year on both Offensive and Defensive end.

To say -this is just off season and team will get better- is deluding ourselves. None of the players so any flashes of brilliance. No one knows what Parson will do but after 3 games, hope is fading fast.

Mike Conley and Marc Gasol are the senior player and their habit of playing each other through PnR is a disaster for other players. If we continue to move the ball like previous years- Point Guard brings the ball to top of the key and then passes to Zebo or Marc and let them decide what happens next- the other players will not improve or contribute.

I feel Marc's role has to change and should not be the first in line to receive the ball from point guard. If we play same scheme's as before, a 30 win season is very likely.

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Posted by PSHARMA1 on 10/10/2017 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Deflections: The Roster, TV Angst, and The Buy/Sell Clause

This roster is gonna be tough to whittle down. And you forgot Vince Hunter. He just got the other 2-way deal. Take him and Kobi out of the equation, add Jamychal, and you've got 18 freaking guys signed and need to get down to 15. Not sure many of the middle of the pack guys on the roster can be packaged for more than a bag of chips via trade. I think a couple guys will just be cut outright.

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Posted by Daniel Hester on 09/21/2017 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Grizzlies Still Have Big Questions to Answer in Free Agency

If we don't bring back Zach and tony, we will be a lottery team. You can't win with young second round picks and undrafted players in the NBA. This team will have no leadership and no identity. Hopefully they bring back Zach and Tony and allow them to retire here like Tim Duncan and Ginobli. You honor your vets who are still productive and can teach the young guys.

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Posted by truth on 07/03/2017 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Beyond the Arc Podcast #80: Should the Grizzlies Trade Marc Gasol?

I agree that it is time for some fairly drastic steps to revitalize this team. In addition to making some of trades mentioned, and not spending money we don't have on aging veterans, the Grizz should release the poorest performer in recent years, too. That has been Chris Wallace. Pera needs to find a better custodian of his money than someone who throws huge money at cripples. He has been a poor communicator, a worse judge of talent, and an apparently weak negotiator who seems to throw out his top number first.

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Posted by Reid Hampton on 05/12/2017 at 10:23 AM

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