The NBA season is a little over a month old now which also means that the Thanksgiving holiday is upon us.
While most of us will be spending time with our friends and family, stuffing our faces and playing games, it is also a time to reflect on things in life that we are thankful for.
Here at Grizzly Bear Blues we are blessed and thankful to have loyal readers that make our job exciting and easy. We are also thankful to have a team here in Memphis to be able to cover. So some of the GBB staff took a minute to share what they are thankful for this Thanks-Grizz-ing.
Parker Fleming (@PAKA_FLOCKA)
I‘m honestly thankful for many things about the Grizzlies season, but what I’m most thankful for is cheering for wins again. The idea of Luka Doncic, Trae Young, Marvin Bagley, or any other transcendent young player in Grizzly uniforms was nice and all, but it took the complete joy out of watching games -- something that’s terrible to say as someone who’s been a Grizz fan his entire life. Tanking is a nice way to masquerade it sure, but losing sucks. No way around it. This season’s action has restored my joy in watching Grizzlies basketball, while also reviving my optimism in both the present and the future of this franchise.
Shawn Coleman (@StatsSAC)
I am thankful for Chris Wallace. After several years of poor decisions, he fully recommitted to a philosophy that was successful in the past. He correctly identified the right personnel that has made that blueprint exceed expectations this year. Furthermore, he brought in pieces that can make it successful for years to come. In a few months, he drastically changed the outlook for the franchise in a positive way that no one expected.
Jack Noonan (@jnoonan1307)
The first thing that I am thankful for with the Grizzlies is their defense first mentality. With the rest of the league zigging, they are zagging. Bickerstaff and the team understand the importance of defense for their chances of winning the game at the end of the night. This early success all stems from limiting possessions and slowing the opposition down. The other thing I’m thankful for with this Grizzlies team is the chemistry between Marc Gasol and Mike Conley. With all the drama around the league, these two know how to play together at the highest level. It is a blessing for this Memphis team to have these two healthy and competing each night. Grizz nation should not take this for granted.
Justin Lewis (@J_Timberfake_)
Man, where would this team be without these two? I’ll tell ya. They would look like the Cavaliers currently do without LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, or Kevin Love (injured). Marc Gasol is reengaged and reenergized this season and it is absolutely amazing to watch. HE LEADS THE LEAGUE IN REAL PLUS-MINUS. Yes, he is ahead of guys like LeBron James and Anthony Davis. He is playing like his Defensive Player of the Year self again.
Conley came out the gates slow, but who wouldn't have a little rust after that much time off? The rust is gone and MAC is back. The Grizzlies have the slowest pace in the NBA, but the best pace in franchise history, and our two stars simply don’t care. When they are both operating at their peaks, their truly is not a team in this league they can’t compete with.
Grizz Nation as a whole is thankful for these two men, for their play on the court and they work in the city. But they are proving right now, that we may not be thankful enough. As appreciated as they are, they may still be under appreciated.
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