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Memphis Grizzlies: Chaos In Memphis

Memphis Grizzlies: Chaos In Memphis By Jennifer Fazioli: Lead Writer/Hoopstuff… Raise your hand if you are utterly perplexed with everything that has occurred in Memphis in the last week. From the firing of CEO Jason Levien and assistant GM Stu Lash, to head coach Dave Joerger entertaining offers from the Minnesota Timberwolves to replace the retiring Rick Adelman while still under...
Via HoopStuff
May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Memphis' Joerger to interview for Wolves job

The Wolves' coaching search has a late entry, and probably a frontrunner at that: The Wolves have been given permission to talk to Memphis coach Dave Joerger and will probably do so by the end of the week, according to a league source. Joerger grew up in Staples, Minn., and goes way back with Wolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders. He went to college at Division...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Chris Wallace gets one more chance, back in charge in Memphis

PHX: Can we have Kedrick Brown? WALLACE: No but you can have Joe Johnson.Former Celtics GM (and TB favorite) Chris Wallace is back in charge in Memphis.The future of Dave Joerger and John Hollinger is unclear due to the apparent clash between current ownership and Robert Pera.Chris Wallace will assume responsibility for the front office on an interim basis.But Chris Wallace, reinstalled...
Via Celtics Life
May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Grizzlies shake up front office

Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera has abruptly ousted team CEO Jason Levien and assistant general manager Stu Lash. The team announced the stunning moves Monday afternoon, saying that "the decision was made for Jason Levien and Stu Lash to depart the organization" after discussions with management. ESPN.com first reported the departures earlier Monday, with sources...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

BREAKING: Levien and Lash OUT of Grizz Front Office!

Whoa! Didn’t see this one coming . . . Multiple news agencies are reporting that Jason Levien is now the FORMER CEO of the Memphis Grizzlies — and that Director of Player Personnel Stu Lash is out as well! From the Grizzlies’ Official Press Release: The Memphis Grizzlies announced today that following discussions with management, the decision was made for Jason Levien and Stu...
Via Grit, Grind, GRIZZ!
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Jason Levien Expected To Step Down As Grizzlies' CEO

Jason Levien is expected to step down from his position as CEO of the Memphis Grizzlies. Levien's resignation appears to be in response to the dismissal of assistant GM Stu Lash. Levien joined the Grizzlies in November of 2012. Levien is a former player agent, though he joined the Sacramento Kings' front office in 2008 and stepped down in 2010. The future of Dave Joerger...
Via RealGM
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Wiggins Watch: Celtics tank barrels over competition, predicted to take Embiid in latest mock

Five more games. Five more times rooting against the Celtics before not doing it again for (hopefully) a really long time. It has been a long, difficult season, but the light at the end of the tunnel is appearing. Five games left, and then we get to enjoy the playoffs as bystanders (not the way we want to enjoy them, but it's fun not to have every game be life or death) before...
Via Celtics Life
April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Wiggins Watch: Another winless week by the Celtics puts them in good position in tank rank

The stretch run is here. After weeks and months of analyzing the top college basketball players, there are only four teams remaining, and only one elite NBA prospect is still playing (Julius Randle). Every other top ten pick is now done, with several declaring/on the verge of declaring for the NBA draft. Including: Likely number one pick Andrew Wiggins. Fellow top three pick Joel...
Via Celtics Life
March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Playing the Odds: Everything we know about the Cavaliers and analytics

Where numbers and charts collide with the “eyes and ears” of NBA decision making Have you ever watched the movie 21? The one about the MIT poker players who got rich quick? It was mostly real, if you didn’t know. The movie was based on a 2003 book titled Bringing Down the House, written by Ben Mezrich. Back then, Mezrich was not the incredibly successful writer he is today...
Via Waiting For Next Year
March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

NBA Power Rankings: Week 9

Boasting the NBA's highest scoring offense (108.4 PPG) and it's most efficient offense (110.5 by John Hollinger's team stats), the Portland Trail Blazers stake their claim as the best team in the NBA this week. The top-five has finally changed and there could be a new mainstay to the upper echelon of elite teams if the L.A. Clippers keep their NBA-best winning streak...
Via CLNS Radio
December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

According to computer simulations, Celtics have a 50.8% chance of making the playoffs

Here's what we know at the unofficial quarter mark of the Boston Celtics season: 1. They're not that good - They're 8-12, and by winning percentage, that makes them the 21st best team in basketball. They've also been very fortunate in the scheduling department thus far, playing the 27th most difficult (or 4th easiest) schedule in the NBA this season (their opponents...
Via Celtics Life
December 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Checking out the Power Rankings: An Inexact Science

 We checked out Chad Ford's Tank Rank and now we are checking out the Power Rankings.  First up is John Hollinger's Power Rankings that are scientifically arrived at by statistics.  With a rating of  95.257, the Celtics are ranked 22nd on this list.   They are down just a little from last week's 96.351 rating.In Marc Stein's Power Rankings, the Celtics drop...
Via Celtics Green ...a boston celtics blog.
December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Grizzlies' Front Office 'Aggressively' Suggesting Lineups To Dave Joerger

Dave Joerger is receiving considerable direction from the Memphis Grizzlies' front office, according to sources. Robert Pera and John Hollinger are strong proponents of advanced statistics. “They’re suggesting lineups,” said one league source. “Aggressively.” One scout said, “It looked as if Joerger was trying to put his stamp on them and the players resisted. They...
Via RealGM
November 27, 2013  |  Discuss

The New-Look Memphis Grizzlies? That Experiment Didn't Last Long

With a 30-something Silicon Valley owner, a former agent as CEO, a stat geek as VP of basketball operations and a first-time head coach, the Memphis Grizzlies are very much the new model for NBA franchises. Not surprisingly, they hoped to play more of a trendy style as well. Only that’s not happening any time soon. At least not as long as Zach Randolph is their best player. ...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 26, 2013  |  Discuss

What's Cookin'? - NBA Weekly Roundup

Setting the Pace   After two weeks of the NBA season, there’s just one undefeated team remaining. No it’s not the defending champs nor is it a team from out West. Instead, it’s the grind-it-out, defense-first Indiana Pacers.   Sitting at 8-0 they’re the only team in the Eastern Conference that doesn’t have at least three losses already. You know how stingy their defense...
Via CLNS Radio
November 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Missner's Manifesto: Su-PER Man

(Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)   A few weeks ago, I was thinking about doing a study on how draft picks performed in the NBA, but I needed a benchmark to figure out whether a player had made it or not. I decided to look at John Hollinger’s PER ratings on ESPN. The ratings only go back to 2002-03, but that was enough data to notice a trend. Rather than using All-NBA teams...
Via Hoops Manifesto
July 22, 2013  |  Discuss

What the firing of Lionel Hollins means for the NBA

The Memphis Grizzlies have opted to not renew coach Lionel Hollins’ contract. While Hollins did lead the team to 56 wins and an appearance in the Western Conference Finals, there was somewhat of a disconnect between Hollins and the front office.The Grizzlies front office is starting to rely more and more on sabermetrics, as evidenced by their hiring of statistical guru John Hollinger...
Via NBA Injury News
June 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Hollins stays quiet as Grizzlies hold pre-draft workouts

MEMPHIS -- The man in the middle of Memphis firestorm was present for pre-draft workouts Wednesday. Read into it what you will, because he didnt say anything to aid the conversation. Five draft prospects worked out for 90 minutes in front of Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins, director of player personnel and basketball development Stu Lash and vice president of basketball operations...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
June 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Grizzlies VP only ESPN expert picking Spurs to win West

The only ESPN expert correctly predict the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals? John Hollinger, current Vice President of Basketball Operations … for the Memphis Grizzlies. (SB Nation) To quote Homer J. Simpson: “it seems the cat burglar was caught my the very man trying to catch him.” Quote Principal Seymour Skinner (dryly) “how ironic.” I’m not showing you this graphic...
Via The Sports Bank
May 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Memphis Grizzlies VP Made Ironic Finals Prediction

Memphis Grizzlies Vice President of Basketball Operations John Hollinger predicted that the San Antonio Spurs would make it to the NBA Finals. However, this was done back in October when he was still working for ESPN. He did not realize that it would be his current employer, the Grizzlies, who would end up getting swept by the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. Luckily, Hollinger...
Via Next Impulse Sports
May 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Kendrick Perkins Delivers the Worst Playoff PER in NBA History

Say what you want about John Hollinger's player efficiency rating. While it might not be the holy grail of advanced statistics, it's generally a good indicator of production. And when a player manages to have a negative rating over an entire postseason, you can be absolutely certain that he was horrible. Kendrick Perkins had a PER of -0.7 in 11 playoff games for the Thunder...
Via Celtics Life
May 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Kendrick Perkins 2013 Playoffs: 24 turnovers, 24 points, 39 Fouls & a Plus/Minus -40

I am not big on PER and Sabermetrics, I prefer to just use my eyes, but I do know that it is very difficult to have a -0.7 PER, which according to ESPN, is the worst in the history of the NBA Playoffs. In case you were wondering PER stands for Player Efficiency Rating. It was created by ESPN John Hollinger, who ironically works for the Grizzlies now. Here is how he defines it. The...
Via BlackSportsOnline
May 16, 2013  |  Discuss

WFNY Stats & Info: Mavericks closing in on Lakers in West

The NBA regular season concludes in just 20 days on Wednesday, April 17. Between now and then, boy, there’s going to be a whole lot of exciting back-and-forth action. Most notably as it relates to the Cavs besides their own draft position, fans should be paying attention to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference playoff race. Back on March 8, I shared an update about...
Via Waiting For Next Year
March 28, 2013  |  Discuss

WFNY Stats & Info: Lakers’ chances of making playoffs

Over the last few days, I’ve seen several fans complaining on Twitter about why some fans are monitoring the Cavs’ draft position constantly. For me, it’s a fun task. I love draft talk. I even wrote a significant amount about the NBA Draft prospects last Saturday. But here’s another idea: How about we just stick to following the Lakers instead? The Cavs are currently tied...
Via Waiting For Next Year
March 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Lakers Only Team Without Representative At Sloan Conference

The baseball world has been taken back by the use of analytics, which introduced an entirely new way to look at the game. The basketball world has begun to catch on, following innovation from guys like John Hollinger. Kobe Bryant and the Lakers probably aren’t very interested in analytics.credit: thewifehatessports.com In Boston over the past few days, basketball geeks from around...
Via Pass The Pill
March 03, 2013  |  Discuss
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