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Grizzly Bear Blues Grind Prophecies: Deciphering the New Guys

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The Grizzlies have recently called up a couple of players from the D-League. What does their signing really indicate in Memphis?

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We may never know exactly what Jason Levien, John Hollinger and Stu Lash are thinking. Part of successfully running a sports franchise is managing public relationships, and part of public relations will always be guising your intentions and lying to the public for the sake of the organization. I state this without condemnation; it's just the way it is (many of our most beloved U.S. presidents were exceptional liars).

The fun part about having a semi-translucent-bordering-opaque front office is that it allows the fanbase to wildly speculation on their intentions, and with that in mind let's examine the recent signings of James Johnson and Seth Curry.

What the signings could accomplish:

  • The FO appears as though it's trying every last trick in the book to spark life into the team, or...
  • The FO is deviously tanking away the season by brining in inexperienced, unproven players.
  • They signed some extra help on the wing to expedite a potential trade.
  • They signed low risk/affordable players as stop-gaps until the original roster gets healthy.
  • Or, the likeliest scenario which is a combination of all of them, the FO is bringing in affordable contracts because the team is depleted with injuries while ushering in some hope that fresh blood can help them claw back to .500 and possibly developing a role player(s) for the franchise to use next season. If they hit on something then maybe they don't have to gut half the team in a crappy trade this season.

I'll make a sports analogy to better clarify what's going on here: Let's say this is football and the Grizzlies have a place kicker that's missed a couple of chip-shot field goals every game for the past month. The frustration culminates into an evening where the kicker misses 4 in a row, and the coach calls for another player, remembering that one of his cornerbacks played soccer in high school, and tells the player to tighten his laces and get ready to attempt the next kick.

When failure follows you around you have to change something up. AKA Jerryd Bayless can't shoot this year, Tony Allen is Tony Allen and still can't shoot, Mike Miller is old and Tayshaun Prince is even older, so why not roll the dice on some young kids that are fiercely chasing their dream.

The Grindmaster from last edition (at Mavs) was Tony Allen.

  1. Game Score and Winner (correct predictions receive 3 points, if no correct predictions, 1 point awarded to member(s) with closest differential)
  2. The Grindmaster (3 points awarded to correct predictions; if Grindmaster title is split between 2 or more players, 2 points go to each member who predicted one of those players)
  3. Combo: Total played minutes (rounded to nearest minute) and points for James Johnson (3 points awarded to correct predictions; 1 point awarded to the member(s) closest without going over)
  4. True or False: Jamaal Franklin will play more than 12 minutes (3 points awarded to correct predictions; 0 points awarded to incorrect answers)

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