The Memphis Grizzlies are coming off their most successful season in franchise history and still don't think they are getting the respect they deserve.
As the players prepared to open camp for the lockout-shortened NBA season they talked about playing with a chip on their shoulder, the benefits of continuity and getting Rudy Gay back in the lineup.
They also feel confident that the only uncertainty at this point - the signing of center Marc Gasol - will be resolved.
Memphis, which had never won a playoff game entering last season, dispatched the San Antonio Spurs in six games and then went to a deciding seventh game against Oklahoma City before being eliminated.
Now the Grizzlies are ready to carry that momentum with a new confidence.