Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I'll show you someone who has overcome adversity.
The greatest motivation in life is when someone puts the impossible before you, and you challenge the impossible against all odds.
I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious.
Bring it in, men.
Been a rough 48 hours, gentlemen. Conley hobbled, Z-Bo suspended, TA eye injury. The weight of the world feels like it has fallen on us, as misfortune after misfortune makes it easier and easier for people to write us off. As high as we all felt Tuesday night after Game 5, it is easy to feel that low right now, to feel sorry for yourselves.
You know who won't feel sorry for you? The Oklahoma City Thunder.
This is a game that by all accounts they should win. It would've been a challenge with us at full strength. They have every intent to embarrass you, to make you want to quit, to force you to question whether or not this team deserves to be here in the first place.
Make no mistake though, men, you have earned the right to be here. Through all the victorious moments and moments of loss, through all the injury and despair, you have earned this. There is no bigger moment in a playoff series than a Game 7; embrace it. This is what it is all about.
Game 7 Preview: Win or Go Home
This odds are stacked against the Grizzlies and all the chips are down. Very slim chance that the Grizzlies waltz out of Oklahoma City with a win. In other words, Memphis has everything set up exactly the way they always do.
From great moments of adversity come the greatest parts of life. The Boston Red Sox were down 3-0 to the New York Yankees, and as all seemed lost they completed the impossible and came back on their way to a World Series. Through one of the worst pains in life, child birth, new life is brought in to the world. The hardest things to achieve in this world are often the most worthwhile and sometimes, the darkest of nights lead to the brightest dawns.
This won't be easy. It may well be the toughest thing you all have ever done. Thankfully, you all have had a season of practice and you won't have to do it alone. You have each other to lean on, to fight for and play through. You have the support of all of Grizz Nation at your backs and the chance to pull off arguably the greatest win in Memphis Grizztory. These chances come around once in a lifetime, men; to prove almost everyone wrong, to achieve something so much bigger than you. These are the moments you live for.
I have loved watching you play all season. Your resolve and passion in the face of remarkable odds is inspiring. Time after time, you have gotten up after being knocked down. All I am asking you to do is do it again. Do it one more time and take this moment. Make it your time to be remembered, your chapter in the history of a still young franchise. Your chance to shock everyone who doesn't have Memphis or Grizzlies on their chest, back or in their hearts and rewrite the script of these NBA playoffs. Games aren't won on paper, they are won on the court, and your toughness and all you have been through has not been in vein.
We were all meant to be here, men. In this moment, together. There is no one else I would rather go in to this with than you. Play your game. Attack the rim, clean the glass, defend your asses off. Give yourselves a chance heading in to the fourth, and leave nothing in the clip. If we go down, it will be in a blaze of glory and not a surprise at all to the outside world.
When we win? We will celebrate it together, leave it to the media and fans to write the story and we will move on to the next one. Exhausted, but victorious, together.
Immortality is on the table tonight, gentlemen. Make it yours.