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Award-winning columnist Lee Eric Smith tracks the Memphis Grizzlies!

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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...
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...
⏳🤟🏽😂 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...
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...
Pop quiz: Who was the last superstar to play for your Memphis Grizzlies – you know, the kind of player fans even non-NBA fans know? I’ll wait. Okay, no I won’t. The reason you can’t name one is because there hasn’t been one. And if we’re being completely honest, we may...
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Ja Morant has heard the comparisons to OKC's Russell Westbrook and Sacramento Kings guard DeAaron Fox. And if it's all the same to you . . . stop it. "I wouldn't compare myself to anyone," Morant said just hours after the Memphis Grizzlies selected him with the No. 2 overall...
One week ago, Marc Gasol and the Toronto Raptors were still champions in waiting, The Golden State Warriors were still revered as nearly unstoppable, Anthony Davis was still a New Orleans Pelican, and Mike Conley was still a member of the Memphis Grizzlies, who had just introduced Taylor Jenkins...
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There are two notorious NBA journalists known for breaking news before anyone else: ESPN's Andrian Wojnarowski and The Athletic's Shams Charania. And BOTH are reporting that the Memphis Grizzlies have finally pulled the trigger on a Mike Conley trade, sending the beloved point guard to the Utah Jazz. Memphis has...