Can you blame them?
Does it matter?
This probably won’t work out.
One day after benching Marc Gasol in the fourth quarter, the Memphis Grizzlies have fired their head coach, David Fizdale, in just his second season.
Saturday night wasn’t kind to the Golden State Warriors. Steph and KD made it even worse.
Grit and grind is dead, so it’s time to figure out what’s next for the Grizzlies.
Think of all the things Marc Gasol is great at, then toss in him shooting 39 percent from three-point range last season. What are we dealing with here?
Mike Conley is essentially the same player as Kyle Lowry, but slightly better. He’s just younger and more athletic. Oh, and he gets better in the playoffs.
Would anyone in Memphis blame Zach Randolph or Tony Allen if they ditched them for a contender? Then again, would either of them actually consider doing so?
No $20 million FA is worth Zach Randolph, Tony Allen & Vince Carter. There are also too many downsides to stretching Parsons. So, what can the Grizzlies do?
There’s always going to be a surprise here and a disappointment there. One-fourth of the way through the NBA season, we’ve picked the biggest ones.
The Grizzlies getting another shooter in Chandler Parsons was crucial, but can he, Conley, and Gasol all be counted on to stay healthy? That’ll be the test.
Marc Gasol is the closest thing we’ve got to a modern version of arguably the greatest center of all time: Bill Walton. What else needs to be said, really?
LaMarcus Aldridge is ridiculously good at mid-range shots. Then there’s the fact that San Antonio plays to his pace. But what about his effort on defense?
Mike Conley is good at everything but great at nothing. That’s not a bad thing, it’s just what keeps him right here. His value cannot be overstated.
Khris Middleton is the best three-and-D player in basketball right now. Plus, there’s his ability on isolations. So, just how valuable is the Bucks guard?
Gordon Hayward is an all-world passer and a slightly above-average shooter at his position, but the shooting could be better and his defense lets him down.