You’ve got to hand it to Charles Barkley for having the gall to call his shot, proclaiming at the start of the playoffs that the Grizzlies would be the second eight seed ever to upset a one seed in a seven-game, opening round series.
He went big.
The Spurs went home, much earlier than anyone but the Round Mound of Rebound envisioned.
It almost defies description to see the league’s most successful team of the past decade outside of the Lakers get bounced so unceremoniously by a franchise that had nary a playoff win to its name before this series.
It also raises the question of what adjective properly encapsulates the indignity of the poster child for building and developing talent internally getting bounced by a veritable hand-me-down roster of parts other teams couldn’t use, didn’t want, or, in the case of the almost-traded O.J. Mayo, players even Memphis wanted to cast off.