The Grizzlies' Front Office Is A Dysfunctional Zoo Of Obtuseness

The briefly open relationship between the Memphis Grizzlies and head coach Dave Joerger reset curiously this week when the Minnesota Timberwolves did not hire him away. Hall pass thus revoked, Joerger came back and made nice with his bosses, who, if this delightful bit of reportage by SI's Chris Mannix is to be… » 5/26/14 4:30pm 5/26/14 4:30pm

Reggie Jackson Attempts Desperation Shot With Four Full Seconds Left

Reggie Jackson hit a big three-pointer to bring the Thunder within two points of the Grizzlies just inside one minute to play. He then hit a floating layup to the tie the game at 80-80 with 30 seconds left. The score would stay at 80-80 and Oklahoma City and Memphis went to their third consecutive overtime because… » 4/27/14 12:29am 4/27/14 12:29am

Tony Allen Is The Defensive Stopper You Can Root For

There's a certain stigma that often hounds players who are labeled as defensive stoppers in the NBA, a belief that no small part of their success is derived from the fact that they are simply willing to play like assholes. This was true of Bruce Bowen, who was never all that feisty but wasn't shy about using a dirty… » 4/22/14 11:04am 4/22/14 11:04am

Russell Westbrook And Kevin Durant Are Awesome

This is a beautiful thing. In the first quarter of Grizzlies-Thunder, Russell Westbrook grabbed a rebound and, in the same motion, effortlessly flicked a pass three-quarters of the court that just so happened to land right in front of a streaking Kevin Durant for a fast break dunk that had no business happening. And… » 4/19/14 10:15pm 4/19/14 10:15pm

Allen Iverson Finally Obeys Laws Of Nature, Officially Retires

Allen Iverson made his retirement official today, even though it's hard to know how, exactly, to define such a thing for him. Iverson, now 38, was never a professional basketball player so much as he was, foremost, an object in motion, tending always to stay in motion. If Iverson can be said to retire, then a… » 10/30/13 9:54pm 10/30/13 9:54pm

What The Hell Is Going On With The Grizzlies' Coaching Situation?

Lost though it may have been in the relentless beatdown the Spurs delivered last week, the Memphis Grizzlies had a great season, another tremendous step forward. Under head coach Lionel Hollins, the Grizzlies' winning percentage has increased every year: from .293 in 2008-09 (he coached the last half of the season),… » 6/03/13 4:45pm 6/03/13 4:45pm

A Brief Oral History Of The Best Jump Ball Of All Time

On Tuesday night, Matt Bonner and Zach Randolph combined to create the above piece of comedic gold. I caught up with Bonner, who claimed he still hasn't seen the replay of the play, although he plans to now. "I have a sense of humor," he said. "Someone told me that Jeff Van Gundy was joking about it being the lowest… » 5/24/13 10:15am 5/24/13 10:15am

Matt Bonner And Zach Randolph Give Us The Best Jump Ball Of All Time

This was absolutely the highlight of last night's Grizzlies-Spurs game. There's just something refreshing about watching two NBA players flail around like a couple of hapless rec leaguers. I hope every remaining game in this series features multiple jump balls between Randolph and Bonner, each ending with the ball… » 5/22/13 11:00am 5/22/13 11:00am

Jalen Rose Says Tony Allen's Flop Was Worthy Of A Pulitzer Prize

When Manu Ginobili hit Tony Allen with a flagrant foul late in last night's Grizzlies-Spurs game, Allen engaged in a truly fantastic bit of theater by pretending that Ginobili's foul had caused him to slam his head against the floor. It was a flop for the ages (which doesn't change the fact that the foul was… » 5/22/13 10:16am 5/22/13 10:16am