Arguably the biggest question for the Grizzlies going into training camp was the health of two of their max contract players. Mike Conley missed nearly the entirety of the 2017-2018 season with a heel injury, while Chandler Parsons was in and out of the lineup throughout the year until being essentially shut down in March. Fortunately for Grizzlies fans, both players are ready to go for training camp.
This quote from Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace stating Conley would be a full participant in camp was arguably the best news Grizzlies fans could have heard Monday morning.
Wallace says Mike is healthy and will be a full participant in training camp— Grizzly Bear Blues (@sbnGrizzlies) September 24, 2018
The Grizzlies were flat out terrible without Conley last year, but him being a full participant in camp means he’ll be more than ready to go by the time the regular season tips off on October 17th. Grizzlies fans rejoiced when videos of Mike Conley dunking and jumping very high surfaced on Twitter over the summer, but the news of him being a full participant in training camp is a much better sign.
For the first time in his Grizzlies career, Chandler Parsons will be a full participant in training camp, and this past offseason was the first in years he wasn’t recovering from a knee surgery. Parsons spent most of his summer preparing for his 3rd year in Memphis, with a pit stop in Dusseldorf, Germany. Though the team never made an official statement, speculation is Parsons underwent the same knee treatment that revitalized Kobe Bryant’s career in 2012.
Last season Parsons proved he was still a quality player when he was on the court, shooting a career high 42% from beyond the arc. Tanking surely didn’t help, but Parsons again struggled staying on the court last season with his knee issues. Luckily for the Grizzlies, Parson’s 3rd season with the team seems to be his healthiest.
For the most part, the entire Grizzlies roster is healthy heading into camp. Ivan Rabb (concussion) is the only player limited so far in camp, while Jevon Carter is back to 100% following a hand injury this summer. For the first time in a long time Grizzlies fans don’t have to listen to Chris Wallace or the coaching staff stress the importance of “patience” and how they’re going to “ease” an injured player into practice. Instead, the Grizzlies are able to hit training camp head on without any major setbacks.
With a healthy training camp, plus the addition of high IQ players such as Kyle Anderson and Garrett Temple, the Grizzlies are well suited to start the season in good shape. GBB’s Jack Noonan points out how important a fast start is for the Grizzlies and a fast start will be a much easier accomplishment with a healthy team.
The phrase “if healthy” has been used a lot to describe the Memphis Grizzlies and their players. “If healthy” the Grizzlies can bounce back and be a playoff contender in the West. “If healthy” Mike Conley, Chandler Parsons and Marc Gasol can be a nice core for a team. Going into the 2018-2019 season, the Grizzlies are healthy and ready to go.