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Angelo Smith – the first of many!

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Angelo Smith is the first Booker T. Washington High School graduate under head basketball coach Antonio Harris to sign an official Letter-of Intent to play college basketball. 
Next season, Angelo will take his athletic talents to Dyersburg State Community College and perform for the Eagles. Of course, he will always be a BTW Warrior at heart; however, this is simply part of the process as he develops his craft.

Pastner’s view of the ‘State of the Tigers’

The 2013 basketball season was one of the most electrifying seasons pastner 600University of Memphis fans have experienced under the leadership of head basketball coach Josh Pastner.
Prior to last year’s season, the Pastner-led Tigers had racked up a high volume of wins. Unfortunately, none of those wins were against the country’s top 25 teams. With five such victories, not only did the most recent version of the Tigers get over the hump, they were able to sweep their historical rival Louisville Cardinals.
That was last year. With the 2014 season will come a new set of challenges for Pastner, whose team lost four quality guards. Pastner addressed those challenges during a Rotary Club luncheon at the University Center this week.
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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.

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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.