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ALL-STAR GAME REPORT: Anybody seen a ‘big man?’

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- As Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard sat in his pod taking questions on All-Star Media Day he made an observation: “The NBA is a guard’s league.” One look at the 2019 NBA All-Star Game rosters and it’s easy to see what...

TSD correspondent goes Inside NBA All-Star Weekend

This weekend, I’ll be in Charlotte, North Carolina to cover NBA All-Star Weekend for The New Tri-State Defender. As a senior journalism major at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, it’s an extraordinarily rare opportunity. Receiving this opportunity still feels very surreal. I remember the exact moment...

After Pistons loss, Grizzlies frustration boil over in locker room meeting

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After losing their final two games of 2018, the Memphis Grizzlies were hoping the new year would bring a fresh start. The new year did bring a strong start offensively, but the Grizzlies reverted back to their 2018 ways in the second half. A 12-point...

Grizzlies turn back Cavaliers

Something stood out about the crowd that turned out to see the Memphis Grizzlies host the Cleveland Cavaliers at the FedExForum Wednesday night. As the National Anthem played and everyone stood up, there weren’t very many empty seats. It was a lot larger crowed than...

JOURNALIST’S NOTEBOOK: 30 Hours of Memphis Hoops

In my three year stint as a student journalist, I have learned that time is hardly ever on your side. Between deadlines and reporting accurate, factual and timely news, it can be a challenge. Last weekend, I was presented with a challenge that was different....

Early hole too deep for Grizzlies to dig out and beat Rockets

The Memphis Grizzlies found themselves adrift in a flashback soon after tipoff against the Houston Rockets at the FedExForum on Saturday night. Exactly one week ago, Memphis lost to the Los Angeles Lakers on the second day of a back-to-back after a slow start. Against...

Late-Game Drama: Trade fiasco unfolds while Grizzlies lose to Miami Heat, 100-97

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With about four minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Memphis Grizzlies and Miami Heat were in a tight battle. But off the court, there was a trade unfolding that was garnering the attention of fans. That trade failed to materialize, and the Grizzlies fell...

After sluggish start from starters, Grizzlies bench roars to 92-83 victory over Portland Trail Blazers

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After a lackluster first quarter, it looked like the Memphis Grizzlies were headed for a third consecutive loss of the season. But that effort didn’t last much longer, as Mike Conley and the bench sparked the Grizzlies (16-11) to a 92-83 win over the Portland...

LEGACY: Milton J. Kelly, former Negro League star for Memphis Red Sox

When Milton J. Kelly entered the Memphis Red Sox dugout between innings, he wouldn’t let anyone touch his baseball glove. And when he left the dugout to take his position on the baseball field, he made sure to never touch the white foul lines....

Lebron and the Lakers dominate glass, blowout Grizz 88-111

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On back to back days, the Memphis Grizzlies had to take on two of the fastest offenses in the NBA. The Grizzlies play at one of the slowest paces in the NBA, so it was a battle of contrasting styles. The first night, the Grizzlies...