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REPORT: Ja Morant to skip NBA All-Star dunk contest

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As breathless as Grizzlies rookie phenom Ja Morant has left us over the past two weeks, fans were hoping he would put a cherry on his electrifying season by dominating the NBA Dunk Contest during All-Star Weekend 2020 in Chicago. He almost certainly will be...

ANALYSIS: Beneath Ja Morant’s flashy game, there’s substance to Grizzlies’ unexpected playoff chase

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Just before the Grizzlies’ dramatic and emphatic 121-110 win over the Houston Rockets, I was scouring the NBA’s official stats site, looking for numbers that would back up something Ja Morant told me after their win over Golden State. I’d asked the young phenom what...

Cory Booker drops out of Democratic race for President

Whoever the president is in 2020, they won't be of African American descent. New Jersey Senator Cory Booker announced today that he's dropping out of the race for president. Although disappointing, the news is not shocking. Booker has lagged in both polls and fundraising, and...

GRITGRINDGRIZZ: Grizzled veterans Jae Crowder, Solomon Hill guiding Grizz cubs

After Tuesday night’s 119-112 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, your Memphis Grizzlies are currently ranked No. 9 in the Western Conference — just a half-game behind the San Antonio Spurs for the No. 8 seed in the NBA Playoffs. Yes, I said the “P” word,...

Grizzlies kick off six-game homestand with 119-112 win over Minnesota Timberwolves

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For those of you keeping track of such things, the Memphis Grizzlies are now a half-game behind the San Antonio Spurs for the No. 8 seed in the NBA Playoffs – and guess who the Grizzlies play next? After wins like last night's 119-112 victory...

GRITGRINDGRIZZ: Zach Randolph checks out in classic Z-bo style

If we’re being honest, recent news of Zach Randolph’s retirement is a surprise to pretty much no one. In fact, given how it was announced, you might be tempted to believe Randolph was surprised he actually had to say it. TMZ.com is known for posting...

LIBERTY BOWL 2019: Four Memphians return home for Navy – Kansas State battle

Memphis has been so focused on a bowl game in Texas that one can be forgiven for forgetting there's a bowl game here in Memphis. And this one will have some Memphis talent in it as well. The Navy Midshipmen take on the Kansas State...

Zach Randolph tells TMZ there will be no NBA comeback, says Morant has “good chance” to be Rookie of The Year

If anyone was holding out hopes of seeing Zach Randolph and his headband down in the low post once more, you can let go now. As TMZ.com likes to do, they catch celebrities getting out of cars and just fire random questions at them. And...

GRITGRINDGRIZZ: ‘Energy guy’ Brandon Clarke’s game mature beyond his years

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Every successful NBA team needs an “energy guy.” More often than not, the energy guy can overcome offensive limitations through hard work – specifically, the dirty work of defense and rebounding, but it’s more than that. The best of them are able to energize their...

JAMES WISEMAN: ‘Friends and fans of Tiger Nation will always hold a place in my heart’

James Wiseman has left the University of Memphis to hire an agent and begin preparations for the NBA Draft, multiple media outlets are reporting. The story was first reported by Shams Charania at The Athletic: James Wiseman began informing Memphis coaches in recent days about decision...