Memphis Grizzlies Tickets for Sale
The Memphis Grizzlies are on the verge of being a title contender. Those who don't believe so may want to re-evaluate the moves they have made during the off season. A team that has been known for their "Grit N Grind" style has made it far the last three years in the playoffs. Coming up short because of depth and arguably coaching mistakes. However, fans in Memphis, Tennessee are getting excited and there's plenty of reasons why! An added new coach, quality depth, and three point shooting has made them potential title contenders! In the upcoming NBA season the Grizzlies will put on the floor the best team they've ever had! Reasons why are listed below.
His name is David Joerger and he is very experienced with a winning mentality. When you look at his resume it's hard to believe why he hasn't been a head coach sooner. All he has done is win championships as a head coach. Between 2000-2007 he won 5 championships! One of them as the head coach of the Dakota Wizards an NBA D-League team. Since 2007 he has been with Memphis as an assistant. The Grizzlies since his arrival have became contenders. Before Joerger they weren't even close. Letting Lionel Hollins go was the best decision Memphis has made!
With a starting lineup consisting of Gasol, Randolph, Prince, Allen, and Conley the Grizzlies have been deadly! During the season they beat opposing teams up. Their only issue was depth and the new ownership realized it! Ed Davis, Kosta Koufos, Mike Miller, and Nick Calathes are all additions that beef up the "Grit N Grind" and improve it. Foul trouble isn't going to slow down the "Grind" the Grizzlies are going to put on teams this year! Neither will their supposed last year weaknesses!
3 Point Shooting
Additions of Mike Miller, and Nick Calathes are huge because Memphis doesn't have to slow down it's "Grit N Grind" because of foul trouble. Making their only other weakness against certain teams be 3 point shooting. However, most teams couldn't capitalize on this weakness last year. With these additions along side other solid shooters such as Conley, Pondexter, and Bayless the Grizzlies have become serious title contenders! Those who don't believe are underestimating Memphis!
The Memphis Grizzlies, despite being a very young NBA franchise has had a difficult existence. They began as an expansion team in Vancouver in 1995 and suffered for the six seasons they remained in British Columbia. Lottery picks like Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Mike Bibby were unable to lead the team to a winning record or the playoffs despite enjoying very commendable careers in the Grizzlies uniform. To confound the problem, high profile draft picks like Steve Francis flat out refused to play for the team.
All this resulted in relocation. The Grizzlies moved 2,476 miles southeast to Memphis, Tennessee in 2001. That first year in the new city the team welcomed Pau Gasol. Gasol had been added via a trade in the NB draft. The Spanish center was not a bruiser, but he had incredible vision, a terrific midrange jumper, and could score around the rim. Within a couple seasons, the Memphis Grizzlies became a playoff team. Things looked extremely promising once Rudy Gay arrived, but the team continued to play in the obscenely competitive Western Conference despite moving into Eastern Conference territory.
Eventually the team traded Pau to Los Angeles. Most of the NBA questioned the move in 2007, as Memphis received pieces with little perceived value in return for the smooth All Star post player. For the most part, these people were correct. The one saving grace was Marc Gasol. Pau’s brother was considered a project, but it turned out he would become a terrific player. Marc has become much different player than his brother, excelling as a much better rebounder and defensive force.
Marc found his complement in Zach Randolph. The troubled player arrived in 2009 and his offensive game fit quite well with the other brother Gasol and the team concept. Lacking a great point guard the Memphis Grizzlies preferred a slow, half-court game. Randolph had never been an explosive athlete, but he could play with his back to the basket and hit the midrange jump shot. Suddenly, the Grizzlies were a postseason-bound team, which they have remained to this day.