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Did the Grizzlies meet their needs in the draft?

Going into Thursday night’s NBA draft, many fans of the Memphis Grizzlies
nbadraft 600thought they knew exactly what their hometown team needed.  A perimeter shooter and a back-up at the small forward position would have rounded out the roster and given the Grizzlies a more competitive edge.
Then the Grizzlies used their No. 22 pick overall in the 2014 NBA Draft to select UCLA shooting guard Jordan Adams. Later, they acquired native Memphian and University of Tennessee forward/center Jarnell Stokes, who was originally selected No. 35 by the Utah Jazz.  Memphis dealt away a 2016 second round draft pick for the rights to Stokes.
So how will a small forward and a big shooting guard meet the needs of a perimeter shooter and a small forward?
  • Written by Kelley Evans
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Redskins & rednecks

“A Little R&R on Sports” is the only network syndicated sports radio show redskins 600with co-hosts of two different generations. This makes for lively exchanges, good-natured barbs and friendly disagreement on a great many subjects.
However, there is absolutely no disagreement between my co-host Larry Robinson and me on the question of whether or not Washington’s National Football League team should change their nickname. They should.  No diggity, no doubt (Is that still current?). 

Fighting crime with hoops and hope

hoops 600Two facts about Memphis summers are unavoidable: it’s hot and school is out. The increase in temperature and decrease in daily structured positive activities for young people can often lead to an increase in crime.
Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is on a mission to ensure that Memphis’ youth, especially those in high-risk communities, have access to a safe and community-friendly environment through the 2nd Annual Safe Summer initiative. Bishop Mays, director of Memphis Gun Down, said the effort is part of the larger goal of reducing youth gun violence throughout Memphis. 

‘Bron Bron’ is a ‘Man’s Man’

bronbron 600With the exception of the absence of a Miami “threepeat” there are no real losers coming out of the NBA Championship series…especially not LeBron James.
While the co-hosts of “A Little R&R on Sports” agreed the NBA Championship would be won and done in a five-game series, there was sharp disagreement over whether the Miami Heat or the San Antonio Spurs players would be kissing the trophy. Suffice it to say that experience won both the championship and the bet. But with the exception of the absence of a Miami “threepeat” there are no real losers coming out of this series…especially not LeBron James.

With second OT victory in the bag, Grizz brace for OKC push

grizzokctony 600Say whew! Breathe! Don't forget to exhale!

That could be part of the instruction manual for being a Memphis Grizzlies fan, especially after Thursday night's emotion-stretching victory over Oklahoma City at the FedExForum.

In Game 3 of the first-round playoff series, the Grizzlies escaped with a 98-95 win over super-All Star Kevin Durant and now have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

  • Written by Kelley Evans
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‘Grit and Grind’ still fresh game plan for Grizz

grizzplayoff 600When the Memphis Grizzlies take the floor of the FedExForum on Thursday night, the buzz from the Game 2 victory in Oklahoma City will have given way to the delirium of hosting Game 3 knotted at a game apiece.

The Game 2 overtime win was a battle that few could argue was not an instant classic. And the bulk of those who would proffer such a position most likely live in Oklahoma and live and die with Kevin Durant and the OKC Thunder.

In the Bluff City, however, there is no doubt. The 111-105 victory was monstrously rewarding and oh, so unforgettable, at least for Grizz fans. The Memphis players, however, don't have the luxury of dwelling on a memory. You can't beat super-All Star Durant with a memory.

Grizzlies wake up in time to beat the Nuggets

grizznugg 600Five games in nine days during the longest road trip of the season warranted a day off for the Grizzlies on Thursday, the day before they took the court at the FedExForum to tangle with the Denver Nuggets.

By halftime it was clear the Grizzlies needed a wakeup call. Looking tired, sluggish and bearing faint resemblance to a team battling for a playoff spot, Memphis trailed 47-43 at the break before awakening in the third quarter and holding on for a 100-92 victory.

Memphis started off strong, grabbing a lead that stood at 24-18 at the end of the first quarter. The Grizz crowd of 17,011 responded accordingly but fell noticeably quiet as the Nuggets, who are mathematically eliminated from the playoff hunt, played inspired basketball. After Kenneth – the "Manimal" – Faried's layup tied the game at 28-28, the Nuggets unleashed a run that netted a 47-43 halftime advantage.

  • Written by Kelley Evans
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Florida vaults from Memphis to the Final Four

gatorswin 600March Madness in the form of the NCAA Men's Basketball South Regional Championship in Memphis turned into a coronation for the Florida Gators.

The nation's No. 1 ranked team coming into the tournament, Florida – the SEC regular season and tournament champions – beat back the Dayton Flyers 62-52 at the FedExForum on Saturday.

On Sunday, the Gators learned they would take on UConn of the American Athletic Conference in a battle to see which of the teams will get to play for the national championship on April 7th in East Texas. In the other national seminal, Kentucky will take Wisconsin.

  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Category: Original