Tag:Memphis Grizzlies
Posted on: January 27, 2011 5:04 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2011 5:45 pm

O.J. Mayo suspended 10 games for PEDs violation

Report states Memphis guard O.J. Mayo to be suspended for 10 games. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Update 5:07 p.m. EST: From a league press release: 
The NBA announced today that O.J. Mayo of the Memphis Grizzlies has been suspended without pay for 10 games for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program. His violation of the program involved a positive test for dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA).

DHEA is famous as the substance Rashard Lewis was supsended for in 2009. It's not considered to have substantial effects on improvement, and does exist in several substances, but is clearly banned by the NBA, and as such, Mayo has no such excuse for not checking whatever it was he took. It should be noted DHEA is also a naturally occurring chemical produced by the adrenal gland, the brain, and the gonads.  Still, after last year's suspension of Lewis, each player should have been aware to be on the look out for its existence in any supplement they were taking. The Grizzlies passed along the following statement from Mayo: 
“I’m extremely disappointed that I’m going to miss the next 10 games, particularly as our team is making a push for the playoffs. I had no idea that the over-the-counter supplement that I took was a substance banned by the NBA. It was an honest mistake, but I take full responsibility for my actions. I apologize to my fans, teammates and the Grizzlies organization for regrettably not doing the necessary research about what supplements I can put in my body.”

The Grizzlies state that his next game will be against Philadelphia just before the All-Star break. There's got to be a sigh of relief from the Memphis front office since that's also conveniently before the trade deadline. O.J. Mayo isn't having as bad a season as Gilbert Arenas had last year, but he's still having a terrible year, on account of his own poor decisions. 

This is now the second violation over DHEA within a year and a half for the league.  This isn't exactly rampant, but it's a repeated issue and after the baseball disaster, the public is still touchy on the matter.  Either the league is going to have to adjust its stance on the chemical or provide the players with a higher awareness of its prevalence in over-the-counter supplements.   

Original Report: The Commercial Appeal is reporting that O.J. Mayo will be suspended for 10-games for an as-yet unspecified offense. Mayo famously clashed with Tony Allen on a team flight over a game of Bourre, leading to him getting decked by Allen.  Mayo has struggled this season, with Coach Lionel Hollins speaking publicly about his inability to play point guard despite time spent at the position in Summer League, then being benched to make up for the horrendous scoring gap on the Grizzlies' second unit.  Mayo has seemed at times unhappy with his direction on the team, particularly following Rudy Gay's max deal and the subsequent extension of Mike Conley for $40 million.

We'll update with more details as they become available. 
Category: NBA
Posted on: January 26, 2011 7:24 pm

Report: Crittenton to sign with Dakota Wizards

Posted by Royce Young

You've probably forgotten about Javaris Crittenton, but he hasn't stopped trying to come back. After a failed stint with the Bobcats during training camp before this season, he played a short time in China. That didn't go all that well, despite the fact he averaged 25.8 points per game.

So Crittenton is trying another route. The D-League.

Via a report from Fanhouse, Crittenton will sign with the Dakota Wizards. Of course the Wizards are the D-League affiliate of the Washington Wizards and Memphis Grizzlies, the last two NBA franchises Crittenton was a part of with Washington being where he had his incident with Gilbert Arenas.

Crittenton has skill and at 6-5, should be able to make an impact on someone's roster. It's just never come together for him. He was drafted in the first round by the Lakers in 2007 and was traded to Memphis in the deal that brought Los Angeles Pau Gasol. From there Crittenton was sent to Washington where the rest became embarrassing history for him.

Crittenton was said to be the nation's best point guard of his high school class and took those talents to Georgia Tech for just one year. In 113 career games Crittenton has averaged 5.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 16.4 minutes per game.

This might be one of the last shots Crittenton really has to make it though. He used up a number of chances and has failed to make the most of them. Again, he has talent. He has ability. He has size, speed and athleticism. But he's been branded with the dreaed "character issue" tag and has never lived up anywhere near his potential.

But he's still plugging away and in a league where second, third and fourth chances are handed out regularly, it's not that hard to see a call up in Crittenton's future.
Posted on: January 16, 2011 5:19 pm
Edited on: January 16, 2011 6:02 pm

Bulls F Carlos Boozer sprains ankle, out Monday

Bulls forward Carlos Boozer sprained his ankle Saturday against the Heat and will not play on Monday against the Memphiscarlos-boozer-dunk  Grizzlies.

Posted by Ben Golliver.

Looks like Heat forward Chris Bosh wasn't the only big name player to go down in Saturday night's clash between Miami and Chicago, as Bulls forward Carlos Boozer sprained his ankle on the last possession of regulation. Bulls.com reports that Boozer will stay in Chicago to receive treatment on his ankle while the Bulls travel to Memphis to face the Grizzlies on Monday night.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Boozer "left the United Center with his left foot and ankle in a boot" and described the play during which the injury was sustained. 
On the play where Boozer was hurt, Derrick Rose missed a short shot in traffic. Boozer tipped the ball out - where Kyle Korver gathered it and hit a three-pointer with 25.5 seconds left - and injured the ankle as he landed.

Boozer has played just 25 games for the Bulls this season, as he suffered a hand injury shortly after signing with the team during the offseason. Since he's averaging his machine-like 20.1 points and 10.1 rebounds and has been forced to hold down the middle while Bulls center Joakim Noah is out after undergoing surgery on his thumb .

Bulls.com reports that forward Taj Gibson will get the start for Chicago in Boozer's absence and will play alongside veteran big man Kurt Thomas, who will start at center. They will draw a tough assignment in Memphis's productive big man duo of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. Randolph is averaging 20.1 points and 13.1 rebounds while Gasol is putting up 11.3 points and 7.2 rebounds.

After the road game in Memphis, the Bulls will begin a six-game homestand to close out January, hosting the Charlotte Bobcats, Dallas Mavericks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic and Indiana Pacers. The Bulls are 27-13, sitting in first place in the Central Division. 

Posted on: January 15, 2011 1:21 pm
Edited on: January 15, 2011 1:30 pm

Grizzlies aren't interesting in dealing Mayo

Posted by Royce Young

For a brief moment, O.J. Mayo was roped into the Melodrama. He was part of a three-team deal involving the Knicks that would sending Carmelo Anthony to New York and Mayo to Denver.

CBS Sports' Gary Parish tweeted recently , "I was told [Thursday] by somebody in the know that the Grizzlies will move him because they feel they must."

Except Denver wasn't all that interested. And on top of that, the Grizzlies aren't willing to deal Mayo right now. General manager Chris Wallace said the team has no intention of trading Mayo and also threw in a token line about not speaking with Denver or New York about a three-way trade.

Of course that's just what Wallace says. That doesn't necessarily make it true. I seem to remember Ted Leonsis adamently denying trading Gilbert Arenas and naturally, we know what happened there. You see, front office types tend to lie about these types of things. And we think that LeBron James is a bad guy for not telling his former team where he was going. But that's a whole other story.

The reason the Grizzlies might feel they "must" is because of the fight between Mayo and teammate Tony Allen over cards. The Grizzlies are the type of team operating on ice a bit with Zach Randolph on the roster (who has been nothing short of wonderful) and likely don't want to upset any chemistry on the young team.

But Mayo is clearly part of their future. Memphis used a high pick on him and is committed to him being a big part of their core.

Also, Newsday reports that the Grizzlies intend to match any offer for Marc Gasol in free agency. Earlier there was talk of Gasol signing in New York to become a perfect big man complement to Amar'e Stoudemire, but it looks like the Grizzlies aren't going to try and keep their core intact.

So the Grizzlies aren't looking at blowing anything up and building around Rudy Gay and Mike Conley yet. By the sounds of it, they want to keep this young team together and let them grow up.
Posted on: January 14, 2011 4:28 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2011 4:30 pm

Rudy Gay's 'most interesting man' All-Star video

Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay has released a spoof on the "Most Interesting Man In The World" commercials as part of his NBA All-Star campaign. Posted by Ben Golliver.

NBA players campaigning to make the All-Star game on the internet is about as corny as it gets (leave it to the fans, media and teams), so when they do go out of their way to try to drum up support it's always best executed with a tongue-in-cheek flourish or a self-deprecating self-awareness. 

Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay shows the world how that's done, with this successfully executed self-promotional All-Star campaign video that plays off of the famous Dos Equis "The Most Interesting Man in the World" television commercials. If you've been living under a rock for the last three years, the character in the commercials is basically Casanova crossed with Chuck Norris, in that he is alluring to women and able to do all sorts of impossible things simply because of his cool aura.

The plot is the same in Gay's spot, dubbed "The Most Interesting Man in the NBA," as he sits at a swank restaurant table surrounded by attractive females, swirling wine in a glass as a narrator lists off his humorous accomplishments. "Rudy once missed a dunk just to feel what it was like," the narrator says. "When Rudy shoots a three, he actually scores four points. His charm demands it." And then, "He slept through a game and scored a triple double."

The spot concludes with Gay stating, "I don't usually vote for All-Stars, but when I do, I vote for Rudy Gay. Keep voting, my friends."

Here's the video.

Hat tip: Pro Basketball Talk.

Honestly, Gay needs to campaign, as he's trying to make the game at the league's most stacked position: Western Conference forward. He's going up against the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Pau Gasol, Blake Griffin, Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki, Lamar Odom, LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love. Here are the latest returns.

On the season, Gay is averaging 21.1 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, and the Grizzlies are 18-21.
Posted on: January 13, 2011 7:54 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2011 12:58 am

Report: Knicks talking to Memphis for Melo deal

Report states Knicks attempting to bring in Grizzlies to Melo talks with hopes of moving O.J. Mayo to Denver.

Posted by Matt Moore

An ESPN report states the Knicks have brought in the Memphis Grizzlies in an attempt to make a move on Carmelo Anthony while talks between the New Jersey Nets and the Nuggets have been strained. The primary piece in play sends the Nuggets O.J. Mayo, who has long been rumored to be on the trade block despite public insistence from the Grizzlies that they have no intention of trading the third-year star. 

New York was on the fence about getting into the talks as recently as ... oh, this morning , but of course these things move fast and if the Knicks see an opportunity to swoop in using a team like the Grizzlies as a facilitator -- much like New Jersey was attempting to with Detroit -- they're going to go for it.  Mayo would bring the Nuggets a young player to build around, who showed signs early on of being a 20-25 points-per-game scorer before regressing alongside the other young guys in Memphis.  Mayo showed potential in his rookie season and carried that over into last season. But with Mike Conley having an increased role in the offense alongside All-Star Zach Randolph and emerging star Rudy Gay, Mayo suffered an early-season slump that landed him on the bench, and since then, things haven't been the same for him.  

Should the Grizzlies get into this trade situation (and there has been no indication so far they're interested yet), they have to bring in actual talent as well as a pick. That needs to be the goal, not just being a cash dump for the Nuggets in order to avoid having to face public scrutiny over whether to re-sign Mayo or not.  Anything less than coming out the best in this deal results in further talk in the media and the league about Memphis being nothing but a clearinghouse for bad contracts. Michael Heisley's reputation can't afford another Pau-Gasol-like deal. 

The Knicks moving forward seems very much like seeking out an opportunity in a vacuum. The question is whether the Knicks can somehow finagle a better set-up than what they have offered from the Nets. 

And the trade rumors that won't die continue to not die. We should get T-shirts printed. 

Posted on: January 11, 2011 10:38 am
Edited on: January 11, 2011 6:47 pm

Report: Knicks to chase Marc Gasol this summer?

The New York Knicks reportedly covet Memphis Grizzlies big man Marc Gasol. Posted by Ben Golliver. marc-gasol

The New Jersey Nets continue to dominate the Carmelo Anthony trade discussions, leaving the New York Knicks on the periphery, and one can help but wonder what New York's backup plans are, should the Nets finally succeed in landing Anthony. 

The Knicks will have plenty of cap room this summer, with less than $42 million in committed salary for 2011-2012. Given the desirability of the New York market, the team's success this season, coach Mike D'Antoni's up-tempo style and a solid, improving core surrounding 2010 free agent acquisition Amar'e Stoudemire, the Knicks are shaping up to be this year's standout free agent destination.

So, who are the Knicks eying, assuming Anthony isn't available?  
The New York Post reports it could be a big man to play alongside Stoudemire, rather than an elite scorer.
If the Nets pull off the blockbuster multi-team trade and Anthony accepts a contract extension, the Knicks are expected to change the focus of this offseason to restricted free agent 7-foot-1 center Marc Gasol. The younger brother of the Lakers' Pau, Gasol is the type of burly big man the roster lacks and team president Donnie Walsh covets.
The Knicks currently have a makeshift post group, with Ronny Turiaf and Timofey Mozgov getting burn in the middle, when they aren't opting to play small ball. Gasol is a dream target for the Knicks, not only because of his skillset but also because of his fit alongside Stoudemire, as he's shown the ability to be productive alongside a premier scoring power forward in Zach Randolph.

Gasol, a restricted free agent following this season, is averaging 11.4 points and 7.2 rebounds this season, down slightly from his career highs of 14.6 points and 9.3 rebounds last year. At 26, he's just entering the prime of his career, he's an efficient shooter and a solid rebounder, and he doesn't need an exorbitant number of touches to contribute on offense. Defensively, he's big, active and long, and much quicker than he was a few years ago, thanks to a sizable loss of weight. Even better, Gasol is a talented passer, able to make plays for his teammates from the block or further from the hoop. 

The question here is obviously one of availability. The Grizzlies have shown hesitancy in offering a contract extension to Randolph, and should he be traded or sign elsewhere the Grizzlies will have plenty of salary cap room and dollars to funnel to Gasol. The Grizzlies can't afford to see both Randolph and Gasol walk, as their only true remaining big man would be project center Hasheem Thabeet. In other words, Memphis will be extremely motivated to keep Gasol.

Gasol, however, has yet to make the playoffs and has watched his brother, Paul Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers, make multiple runs at a title. Forcing his way out of Memphis for a bigger market and a better team would surely appeal to a player in his situation, but he's yet to show any indication that he'll take that approach. 

Whatever Gasol decides between now and this summer, one thing is for sure: he is set to get paid in a big-time way. 
Posted on: January 9, 2011 2:26 pm
Edited on: January 9, 2011 2:30 pm

Warriors look to improve, eye Prince, Randolph?

The Golden State Warriors are reportedly looking to "add to the talent pool" and are possibly eying multiple trade targets. Posted by Ben Golliver. we-believe

Things could be a lot worse for the Golden State Warriors, who lost Ekpe Udoh, their 2010 lottery pick, for the first few months of the season and have dealt with persistent ankle trouble for starting point guard Stephen Curry. Nevertheless, the Warriors are 15-21, hanging out on the fringes of the Western Conference playoff discussion. They're at the metaphorical crossroads: a strong push before the All-Star break could make for a fun stretch ride battling teams like Portland, Phoenix, Memphis and Houston for the final playoff spot. No push, however, and the Warriors are right back where they've been for the last three years: in the draft lottery. 

So it shouldn't come as a surprise that murmurs out of the Bay have the Warriors looking to improve their roster. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Warriors could be buyers during the run-up to this year's trade deadline.
The goal, whether at the trade deadline or in the offseason, is to acquire a "good player who adds to the talent pool," Riley said.
The Warriors are interested in Tayshaun Prince and have been intrigued by Zach Randolph, two guys who might fit that description and could be available. Some league sources still believe Andre Iguodala - one of Curry's favorites - could be made available, but many have soured on that scuttlebutt.
The Warriors are armed with two large expiring contracts -- Dan Gadzuric's worth $7.2 million and Vladimir Radmanovic's worth $6.8 million -- so they have some cards to play. 

Detroit Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince is an intriguing possibility in Golden State, as his versatile two-way game and championship pedigree would bring two elements the Warriors are sorely lacking. However, Prince is himself an expiring contract, so it's unclear what Golden State could offer Detroit to pry him loose. He's also said to be anxious to play for a winner, given that he's in the twilight of his career, and the Warriors might not yet fit that bill. Renting Prince for the balance of the season and letting him walk during the summer could be a possibility, however it doesn't seem ideal for the Warriors as they are in the middle of a promising rebuild. This would amount to a sideways move and would cost them trade chips.

As for Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph, he's in mercenary mode, as his current contract runs up at the end of this season and he's looking for a final mega-payday. The Warriors must ask themselves: how well does Randolph fit with our core pieces? Randolph is an excellent scorer and rebounder, but he likes his shots and touches, and Curry, guard Monta Ellis and forward David Lee all need the rock already. Randolph is also strictly a power forward, so playing him alongside Lee would require the Warriors to continue to play smallball. The Warriors are accustomed to playing that way, but it is not necessarily ideal if they're looking to commit long-term dollars to acquire another big man. Put in simpler terms, Randolph and Lee together would be a bit redundant and would wind up being quite expensive. Renting Randolph for the balance of the season could also cause more problems that it would be worth, as he would require a total re-jiggering of the front court rotation, compromising the playing time of long-term core pieces and bringing an uncertain short-term return.

If the Warriors are simply looking to expand their talent pool, they might be better served playing this Moneyball-style, cashing in their expiring contracts and/or draft picks to improve their depth and the quality of their reserves.
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