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Coaching legend Fred Horton relishes relationship and competition with former player and protege

Memphis coaching legend Fred Horton first coached Antonio Harris at Booker T. Washington High School in the early 1990s. This season, they meet for the first time as opposing coaches – Harris is in his sixth season as Horton’s replacement at BTW, while Horton came out of retirement to coach Whitehaven. Whitehaven’s team got an 86-70 win during an MLK Tournament game at Hamilton High School on Tuesday, Nov. 26.

GRITGRINDGRIZZ: Are the Grizzlies . . . ‘good?’ Not quite, but they could be – and soon

It’s easy to drink the Kool-Aid about “young teams” in the NBA – that a team’s inexperience spells inevitable losing and that it could take years for a team to mature into something. The Philadelpha 76ers drank so much of that Kool-Aid, they came...

MABRA HOLEYFIELD: Broken democracy may call for a ‘do-your-job’ bill

There is no question that the founders of our democracy did a great job crafting a constitution that anticipated most of the problems that they determined could occur. Crafting three co-equal branches of government was a stroke of genius that has served us well...

GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS: Women talk entrepreneurship at Epicenter Memphis

So you’ve dreamed of escaping cubicle hell and you think you’re finally ready to take the bold leap and start your own business. You want to be an entrepreneur. But where to start? You know nothing about things like branding or finding startup capital. And...

ANALYSIS: Tough NCAA penalty for James Wiseman still counts as win

My first reaction to learning that the NCAA will restore James Wiseman’s eligibility after a 12-game suspension: “OUCH!” My second reaction? “Whew.” If that reminds you of getting a shot at the doctor’s office, that feels about right. The dread of waiting for something painful followed...

WATCH: With no answers from NCAA, Memphis Tigers “just have to keep pushing,” Penny Hardaway says

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Still no word on when – or if – the NCAA will restore James Wiseman's eligibility. But the season marches on, and Memphis Tigers head coach Penny Hardaway said Tuesday that he and the team are pushing through the ordeal. During his weekly media availability,...

Grizzlies drop second straight at home to depleted but determined Golden State Warriors

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From the Silver Linings Playbook, the good news is that the Memphis Grizzlies have apparently solved their third-quarter problem. The bad news? They now have a second quarter problem. Tuesday night it was the injury-depleted Golden State Warriors who outscored Memphis 33-16 in the second frame,...

Conley’s return ends with 107-106 Grizzlies win over Utah Jazz

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Grizzlies fans got everything they wanted Friday night. Longtime followers of the franchise wanted to see and play tribute to Grizzlies great Mike Conley Jr., who was traded to the Utah Jazz over the summer as the Grizzlies finally jettisoned the last remaining link...

Hardaway expresses support for Wiseman but has little remorse about eligibility drama

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In his first media availability since the University of Memphis declared star center James Wiseman ineligible to play, Memphis Tigers head coach Penny Hardaway expressed his sympathy for his player and their family. But are there any regrets about the legal maneuvers it took...

State Sen. Raumesh Akbari selected for network of rising leaders

TSD Newsroom State Sen. Raumesh Akbari (District 29, Memphis) is one of 15 leaders from across the country selected to join the NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders), a selective national network of rising state and local elected officials. Members of the 165-plus-person network are working to...