The city of Memphis has proved to be fertile recruiting ground throughout the years and the University of Memphis usually has its basketball star of choice. But, there are only 12 roster spots.
And it seems Southeast Missouri State University and coach Dicky Nutt have established a pipeline to pull some of the excess talent out of the city. Case in point: five of the 12 players on Southeast Missouri are from the Memphis area and four of those are in the starting lineup for the Redhawks.
Now, it has already been established that it would be impossible for the Tigers to sign every recruit that comes out of the city, but that doesn't stop those players from feeling a little slighted. And when those that got overlooked return home to the Bluff City, they often use that added motivation to produce some stellar games.
On Dec. 10, Kobe Bryant posted this on his Twitter page:
"My goodness it feels good to be back and playing! Easy to take it all for granted.. GOD I LOVE playing this game. #blessed
On Thursday (Dec. 19), he was back with this Tweet:
Dennis Rodman wasn't always a punchline.
Believe it or not, Rodman used to be known for his theatrics on a basketball court. Before the wedding dress, before the "Saturday Night Live" skits, and before he became the most bizarre athlete of our generation, he was actually known for being a pretty good basketball player.
His basketball feats are hard to remember based on his recent behavior. Yesterday Rodman went to North Korea to train basketball players for an exhibition game to celebrate Kim Jong Un's birthday. It's strange enough that Rodman is doing this, considering the swirling controversy around Jong Un. But in typical Rodman fashion, the weirdness gets turned up a notch, as he regularly refers to Jong Un as a friend.
The expectations of the True Blue Nation are always high. When Memphis comes into a season with a top five recruiting class, the fans are just that more enamored.
Yet to the outside world, the Tigers haven't been relevant on the national stage for years. It seems that every year the early buzz fizzles with a quickness.
That probably hurts some feelings, but the truth always does. Winning C-USA championships didn't really carry much weight, and why should it when Memphis followed them up with early exits from the "big dance."
It was another almost-doesn't-count finish on Tuesday night (Dec. 17) at the FedExForum as the Memphis Grizzlies fell to the Los Angeles Lakers 96-92.
The loss was the fourth in a row for the reeling Grizzlies.
Entering the contest, the two teams had similar records (Grizzlies 10-13, Lakers 11-13) and plenty of injuries. Memphis played without starting point guard Mike Conley (thigh), All-Star center Marc Gasol (knee) and forward Quincy Pondexter (foot). The Lakers were missing point guards Steve Nash (back), Steve Blake (elbow) and Jordan Farmar (hamstring).
In an effort to find signs of brain damage from repeated concussions, the family of former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher has requested the exhumation of his body a year after he killed his girlfriend and himself, USA Today reports.
The family's attorney, Dirk Vandever, said that Belcher's body was exhumed Friday at North Babylon Cemetery in the Long Island, N.Y., community of Bay Shore, the report shows.
Findings could show whether Belcher was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy when he killed long-time girlfriend Kasandra Perkins, with whom he had an infant daughter, in their home last December. He then reportedly drove to the Chiefs' practice facility and shot himself in the head in the parking lot.
The locker room was more quiet than usual on Sunday night (Dec. 15). Players were dressing and packing their post-game gear to leave the FedExForum.
Grizzlies guard Mike Conley sat in his area, with a small machine connected to his left thigh. The device pushes electricity through the muscles to help with swelling, something Conley needed after taking a hit to the thigh and leaving the game with 3:54 left to play.
Conley led the Grizzlies with 28 points but it wasn't enough to lead the team to a win as the Minnesota Timberwolves downed Memphis 101-93.