The Commercial Appeal continues their very respectable coverage of the Grizzlies' training camp so far. They've wrapped up the camp with this list of ten bullets, which I'll summarize:
- The Grizzlies still act like a young team, often losing focus despite Hollins' and Iverson's rants.
- O.J. Mayo looks to be shooting even better, Rudy Gay appears to be much improved and more aggressive.
- Allen Iverson is the backup, mostly because he hasn't outplayed Conley. Apparently Iverson couldn't get past half-court in three tries during a drill against Mike Taylor. This is only one example.
- Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol look great on offense, as both can stretch the floor. But they seem to really struggle at defending the rim.
- Hasheem Thabeet and, surprise, Sam Young, have been two of the more unimpressive players in camp.
- DeMarre Carroll has impressed with his unending energy and toughness.
- Hollins has clearly shown leadership.
- Iverson and Randolph have done nothing in camp to suggest that they're destroying morale or young attitudes. Inversely Iverson has been Hollins' greatest supporter.
- Iverson believes he should still be able to play his style of ball dominating basketball.
- Hollins seems to suggest that team chemistry isn't right because, "We just need our veterans to try to play in the flow a little more." In other words disregard points 8 and 9.
Also this little tidbit is in the news, wow, count me as incredibly impressed with the support:
''The last four or five weeks, we've been in the top 10 in (ticket) sales in the NBA,'' Pugliese added. ''It's definitely been an exciting time.''