Welcome, boys and girls, to the third edition of This Week in Links. Why take a bulky, outdated newspaper or a magazine with you to the bathroom when you've got a collection of the best Grizzlies and NBA stories from the past week at your fingertips? Whip out the smart phone and start reading.
Sean Sweeney - Dime Magazine: NBA Players' Pregame Music Playlists: This is for all of you interested in the musical taste of Austin Daye, Ed Davis, Jerryd Bayless, Mike Conley, and Quincy Pondexter. All the Grizzlies players' selections are on page three of the article. I'm devastated that Ed Davis does not listen to "Like a Boss" by Rick Ross before each game. If you missed the Quincy Pondexter "Ho Hey" mashup by Jacob Gallagher of ballerball.com that I posted in the Jazz game preview, check it out here. The best part is from the 18 second mark to the 30 second mark.
Lionel Hollins Charities: Beat Cancer Bowling: Coach Hollins is hosting a charity bowling event at Andy B's Bartlett on April 18 at 6PM CST. I realize this is such short notice, but if you want to attend, you can register on the charity's website. It costs $100 a person or $400 for a team. If you want to receive a Lionel Hollins' death stare in person, then head on out to Bartlett tonight! It's for a good cause.
Rob Mahoney - Sports Illustrated: Marc Gasol's case for DPOY: Mahoney discusses how Gasol can do just about everything on defense in about 1,200 words. He also had video breakdown, which is worth watching just to see how smart Gasol actually is on the defensive end of the floor.
Rob Mahoney (again) - Sports Illustrated: The Fundamentals: Mahoney's weekly column is not primarily about the Grizzlies, but he has an interesting take on why Mike Conley is thriving. Scroll down to "notes from around the association" to Number 3, where it says "Mike Conley, finding his way without the Rudy Gay safety net." One thing I found off base in the article is Mahoney saying "The Gay Deal has better positioned the Grizzlies for the long run, largely by erasing a huge obstruction from Memphis' cap sheet. But at the time the deal was struck, even those cheeriest in their assessment of the Grizzlies' decision saw the move as something of a lateral deal at best and one that would potentially cause problems in games against high-level competition." I don't know how many Grizzlies fans Mahoney talked to, but I don't know many that were concerned about late game situations without Rudy Gay.
Kevin Arnovitz - ESPN.com: Memphis' Killer Lineup: Although our Editor Kevin Lipe wrote a piece about Arnovitz's article on Wednesday (check it out here), I would be remiss if I did not include Arnovitz's article as one of the best Grizzlies pieces of the week. If you don't click another link from this week, click this one! MORE ARNOVITZ: If you're interested in hearing what Arnovitz things about the Grizzlies and how they match up with the Clippers in the postseason, check out the first hour of the Chris Vernon Show from Wednesday. Arnovitz comes on about 43-45 minutes into the first hour. If you want to listen, click here.
Michael Levin - SB Nation's Liberty Ballers: Reflecting on Andrew Bynum and The Sixers Season That Was: First and foremost, man can Levin write! You don't have to be a Sixers fan to find yourself engrossed yourself in the article. He remains positive about the Bynum trade, and he gives such emotional insight into what it is like to support an underachieving team.
Kevin Draper - The Diss: Rant on the subpar product that is NBA League Pass: Draper makes an excellent point in this piece. While it is universally known that League Pass is a below average product, especially when you compare it to broadband streams from other sports such as the NHL, MLB, and the English Premier League, the customers have close to zero power over improving the product because, let's face it, as long as their is basketball and no other decent alternative, the NBA kind of has a choke hold on its league pass customers.
Thomas Golianopoulos - Grantland: Kobe Bryant's Secret Rap Career: Kobe Bryant wanted to be more than a basketball giant, so the mamba tried to make people samba when he made the choice to please with his voice. (Drops Mic) Sorry for the worst rhyme you have ever heard, but I couldn't help myself. This is a seriously in depth look at how Bryant's rap career never got off the ground.
Chris Ryan - Grantland: Matt Barnes Interview:You can either click the link and peruse the other great videos Grantland has to offer or just watch the interview below. Contrary to what you might think from watching Barnes demeanor on the court, he is classy and well spoken off the court, including in this interview. He discusses the cohesiveness of the Clippers second unit and more.
Henry Abbott - ESPN.com's TrueHoop: Michael Jordan was "Poisoned" for His "Flu Game": In a shocking development, Michael Jordan's personal trainer while he was in the league, Tim Grover, tells TrueHoop TV that Michael Jordan didn't play a flu game. Rather, he was poisoned. Read the whole article, and watch the video for full details.
Stu Woo - The Wall Street Journal: Tristan Thompson Almost Set an Embarrassing Record: Woo tells the story of how Thompson almost finished this season as the most blocked player in the history of the NBA. Thompson is still a young talent, and I believe he will develop into a very good offensive player with time, but this is not the type of record you want to be known for.
Best Tweets of The Week
I'm looking forward to buying JR Smith's 6th Man Award on eBay eight years from now.— Myles Brown (@mdotbrown) April 16, 2013
Just throwing this idea out there for when a ref gets injured: Roomba Ref. Just a Roomba with a whistle and a camera on top.— netw3rk (@netw3rk) April 18, 2013