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If NBA preseason games are generally meaningless affairs, they can seem even more trivial when they come against non-NBA competition. At least against other NBA teams, you begin to see how your roster will stack up against the level of competition they’ll see in the regular season. This week, the...
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Much of what I wrote about the Memphis Grizzlies preseason win over Maccabi Haifa also applies to their second preseason win, this time over the SkySport New Zealand Breakers. To recap: It's preseason, so in the grand scheme, it doesn't mean much; It's not even NBA-level preseason competition, so...
The all-new, all-different Memphis Grizzlies handed a resounding 123-88 defeat to Maccabi Haifa on Sunday afternoon. It's a game with several caveats, so let's get the obvious ones out of the way right up front: Yes. It's a preseason game, so it's meaningless. Yes. It's against non-NBA competition, so...
A summer of speculation about the Memphis Grizzlies has come to a close. Now we’re close to finding out what kind of team the Grizzlies will be this season. After meeting media on Monday, the Grizzlies kicked off training camp on Tuesday morning – a camp full of fresh, young...
Jimmy Smits and Caitlin McGee were among the “Bluff City Law” stars at the Itta Bena restaurant on Beale Street for a press junket Tuesday. (Photo: Greg Campbell/NBC)
Many of us have heard by now that “Bluff City Law” is filming in Memphis; actually IN Memphis. Not trying to fool us with narrow shots of Atlanta streets or, worse, New Orleans. This is exciting!  The New Tri-State Defender was invited to participate in a press junket Tuesday at...
Niele Ivey knew that becoming the first woman coach in Memphis Grizzlies history was a big deal. Still, she underestimated it a bit. “I know now,” she told me during a recent exclusive interview. “It’s a lot bigger than I even expected.” Since being announced as an assistant to Taylor Jenkins...
“Make a difference about something other than yourselves.” – Toni Morrison (1931-2019) Dear Sista Toni,  I met you (used loosely here) almost 10 years ago. It was very brief. I was doing PR for the National Black Writers Conference. Amiri Baraka was there as well. I couldn’t believe how blessed I was...
⏳🤟🏽😂 https://t.co/xLeb2uSquu — Ja Morant (@JaMorant) July 7, 2019 Teens bond over junk food. This is not news. But while neither is playing during the NBA Summer League, both Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. were spotted in Las Vegas snacking on arena food. One reporter even had the nerve to call...
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Editor's note: #Access901 columnist Joy Doss first shared this playlist last June in honor of African American Music month. It's still a great playlist though so pump up the volume . . . Memphis is a musical city, no doubt. And black folk are a musical people. So, it’s only...
The landscape of the entire NBA changed over the weekend. Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan are the makings of a superteam in Brooklyn; Jimmy Butler's departure to Miami opens the way for the Sixers to sign Al Horford; Kemba Walker will be in Boston and Terry Rozier...