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Despite being saddled with a couple of generic American names, John Smith's (Marcel Ruiz) life story has been anything but boring. It's just too bad that the shy, 14 year-old has been too embarrassed to share it. You see, he was born in Guatemala, but raised in Missouri by Brian...
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Editor's note: This column was written before news broke of a Grizzlies shakeup that reassigns Chris Wallace to a scouting role. J.B. Bickerstaff has also reportedly been fired. The Grizzlies finished up their season Wednesday night with fireworks. Not actual fireworks, but they sure lit up the scoreboard en route...
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Sometimes, it's just how the ball bounces. The Grizzlies were up 112-110, with just seconds to play in regulation. And yet Dallas was able to secure one offensive rebound after another, until a final putback by Salah Mejri tied the game up and sent it into overtime. And while the...
When my friend Amy Benson, a professor at Rhodes College, told me that she wanted me to meet her friends Dan Charnas and Wendy Walters from New York, I said “Sure!” They were coming to Memphis as writers-in-residence at the institution. I always enjoy “northerly winds” blowing this way....
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Admit it: If you didn’t give up on this season’s version of your Memphis Grizzlies before the February trade deadline, you probably gave up on them afterwards. I did. If you were making a recipe for team chaos and awful play, it seemed like the Grizzlies had all the ingredients:...
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Jaren Jackson Jr. is sidelined, likely for the rest of the season. Mike Conley was resting with thigh soreness. Avery Bradley also out with injury. Add in an Oklahoma City Thunder team that starts two All-Stars (Russell Westbrook and Paul George) that's also fighting for playoff position. It's a...
As rational, thinking adults, we kinda knew something was amiss with Michael. We subscribed to the Peter Pan and/or asexual fallacy ’cause we needed to. We knew “Aruh Smelly” was stinkin’ no doubt. Hello? Aaliyah. We just didn’t know how funky it was. For me, it took a sec to...
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With less than 20 games left in a now-lost season, let’s address the team’s new goal for the remaining games: “Convey the pick.” In short, Memphis owes a draft pick to Boston – one that only goes up in value if the Grizzlies can’t finish this season with a better...
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"Green Book" upset "Roma" to take home the Academy Award for Best Picture on an historic night featuring a record number of wins for black-themed films. Green Book also won in the Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali) and Original Screenplay categories. Meanwhile, Spike Lee landed the Oscar for Adapted Screenplay for...
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The weirdest thing about watching this new-look version of the Memphis Grizzlies is that they are playing faster and more fun basketball, perhaps even being more competitive than they were two months ago — and I don't know who they are. We got to see some familiar faces Friday night,...