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MLK@90: NBA legend Bill Walton brings levity, laughter to Grizzlies MLK symposium

At this point, I've lost count of how many MLK Day Grizzlies games I've covered. Same for the extracurricular activities surrounding the game — the panels, the service projects and, of course, the Earl Lloyd Sports Legacy Symposium, which immediately precedes the game. The symposium...

VIDEO: NAACP, Kroger and The New Tri-State Defender team up to announce grant program

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Kroger, the Memphis Branch of the NAACP and The New Tri-State Defender are teaming up to announce a new grant program aimed at supporting Memphis and it's surrounding communities. The "Uplift Our Community" initiative was announced at a press conference Thursday morning at the NAACP...

Jaren Jackson Jr., Joakim Noah join student leaders for MLK discussion

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While the Grizzlies continue to struggle on the court, they seldom come up short when it come to their annual Martin Luther King Jr. observations. On what would have been King’s 90th birthday, Grizzlies rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. and Joakim Noah joined a group of...

GritGrindGrizz: Thinking the Unthinkable — Is it time to trade Marc Gasol or Mike Conley?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okOXun49DLk Understanding what’s happening with your Memphis Grizzlies right now is a little like breaking down the Trump Administration — there’s simply too much smoke for there NOT to be a fire. In just the past month, we’re talking about a franchise that: • Embarrassed itself...

TOE HOLD: Grizzlies Dillon Brooks to have toe surgery, likely to miss rest of season

And in today's episode of "As The Grizz Burn . . ." It seems like the Grizzlies can't catch a break. On Wednesday afternoon, after yet another unofficial leak earlier in the day, the Grizzlies confirmed that shooting guard Dillon Brooks will have surgery on...

After locker room altercation, Grizzlies try to heal — and win

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Mike Conley is right -- probably. After losing another winnable game, this one against the Detroit Pistons, Conley — who went scoreless for the first time in three years — mused that had he not been hampered by a sore shoulder, the Grizzlies WOULD have...

Love of farming goes back to childhood for local farmer

For as long as she can remember, Debra Lockard has been about getting that green. No, not money – though she’s definitely about that, too. Actual greens. As a child, her grandfather gave her a little patch of land, right there in the front yard....

RETROSPECTIVE: What we learned in 2018

WHAT WE LEARNED IN JANUARY: WE LEARNED: How deadly serious Memphis’ homeless problem is. Shelly Thompson had no place to sleep on a frigid Jan. 16 night, so she curled up on a park bench near Memphis City Hall. By morning, she’d frozen to death, and...

Grizzlies give up 19-point lead – again – and lose to Celtics, 112-103

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Sigh. It's getting monotonous. Grizzlies play solid defense and make shots early. Grizzlies build double digit lead. Halftime happens. Grizzlies forget how to play basketball, while opponent catches fire. Grizzlies get outrebounded. Grizzlies lose a headscratcher of a game that anybody who watched it knows they should have...

LEGACY: Local services for Chef Gary Williams set for Saturday; final services in New Orleans

In New Orleans’ creole and Cajun culture, there’s a word called “lagniappe.” Pronounced “lan-yap,” it’s one of those regional words that can be difficult to translate, but it loosely refers to a “little something extra” you might receive at a restaurant – a generous...