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There was a time when the Grizzlies were the sorriest franchise in all of sports.
Garish green jerseys. Bryant "Big Country" Reeves. An ignomious Playoff losing streak (three straight years getting swept out of the first round). The Allen Iverson disaster.
Those days are long behind this franchise. Now, they might very well be the envy of the sports world after their first trip to the Western Conference Finals in franchise history and a very bright future for years to come.
ESPN has named the Memphis Grizzlies the top franchise in all of sports in its annual franchise power rankings.
The @MemGrizz are the best, Sacramento Kings are the worst & Cam Newton is on a mission. #FranchiseIssue out Friday. pic.twitter.com/XfQyVTgGO1
— ESPN The Magazine (@ESPNMag) September 17, 2013
Via Skype, @MemGrizz CEO Jason Levien's reaction to being No. 1 & explanation for the team's rise. http://t.co/AUb1Lt449p #FranchiseIssue
— ESPN The Ma...
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I think Darth Vader would sum up Marc Gasol's full-court assist at EuroBasket 2013 by saying, "Impressive. Most impressive." During Spain's clash with Serbia in the quarter finals at EuroBasket yesterday, Gasol found himself pinned underneath the basket with the ball while a streaking Sergio Lull was making his way to the opposite side for a wide open layup. ...
Memphis Grizzlies’ big man Marc Gasol is continuing to handle outlet passes with the best of them, even during the FIBA EuroBasket tournament which he is currently participating in. Check out this assist that he had to a streaking Sergio Llull, which is as good as it gets. It definitely looked like he heaved it up recklessly, but the result proves that wrong. The only man better...
The Memphis Grizzlies will bring Tony Gaffney into training camp for a shot to make the roster.
The Grizzlies have 13 guaranteed contracts.
Gaffney has already signed this season with Telekom Baskets Bonn in Germany, but he was able to exercise an opt-out clause.
Gaffney played in summer league this offseason.
The always colorful Gilbert Arenas is looking to make a return to the association. Arenas took last year off after playing just 17 games with Memphis during the 2011-2012 campaign.
Arenas apparently has been looking great in his individual workouts and some team in L.A. might invite “agent zero” to camp, according to Alex Kennedy of HOOPSWORLD.
I'm hearing that Gilbert Arenas...
Gilbert Arenas may have a tryout for the Los Angeles Clippers next month Could good ol’ Gilbert Arenas be on his way back to the NBA? Agent Zero has been looking good in summer workouts for the Los Angeles Clippers, which could lead to an invite to the Clippers’ training camp next month, according to HOOPSWORLD‘s Adam Kennedy. I’m hearing that Gilbert Arenas has looked...
I appreciate the heart and hustle of Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, and newcomer Tayshaun Prince. I dig their blue collar and scrappy style of play. The 2013-2014 promo’s started from the bottom, now we here story of the Grizzlies resonated with me. The promo made me care about Memphis basketball. But to be honest, I think the T-Mac cameo is really what did me in...
ESPN The Magazine is releasing a ‘franchise issue,’ ranking sports franchises from 1 to 122. An NBA team has made the top and bottom of the list with the Memphis Grizzlies being ranked best franchise in sports and the worst honor going to the Sacramento Kings.
It was the 2002 playoffs. The Celtics had just eliminated the Philadelphia 76ers from the playoffs. And Allen Iverson was thirsty.
So Iverson, then at the peak of his powers and just one year removed from his NBA Most Valuable Player performance and the Sixers’ NBA Finals run, gave a Celtics ball boy $2,000 to stock the Sixers’ team bus with beer. That ball boy — or “ball...
Every year, the fine folks over at ESPN the Magazine put together a list of the best and worst franchises in professional American sports.
This year, two different NBA teams took home the rankings of the best and the worst franchise in sports and thanks to this tweet from the ESPN the Mag Twitter feed, we know those teams:
The @MemGrizz are the best, Sacramento Kings are the worst...
The Memphis Grizzlies have been ranked the top American sports franchise by ESPN the Magazine. The worst? The Sacramento Kings.
Spain won the EuroBasket Quarterfinals game against Slovenia in a 90-68 rout but that’s not the reason you’re here.
Check out this amazing pass from Marc Gasol:
In the Association’s history, there might have not been a more polarizing figure that former Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson and recently, Sports Illustrated writer Chris Mannix detailed a time where he bought AI a beer after a playoff loss.
The beer buying moment happened following a Sixers’ loss to the Boston Celtics in the opening round of the 2001-02 Eastern Conference...
Sports Illustrated NBA writer Chris Mannix was a ballboy for the Boston Celtics for 10 years. So before he ever had stories to tell as a journalist, he had them as a ballboy.
One of those stories involves Allen Iverson, beer, and about $2,000. A story that Mannix shared in recently as a part of the Off The Record with Chris Mannix and Mark Bechtel video series for SI.
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Oh yeah, that ball boy happened to be SI’s Chris Mannix.
On this lack of news day, this story of how Allen Iverson sent him out after a playoff game in Boston with two grand is probably...