GritGrindGrizz - Lee Eric Smith

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

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...
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As media began filing out of the press conference introducing Taylor Jenkins as the Memphis Grizzlies new head coach, I asked Michael Wallace of the Grizzlies’ in-house “Grind City Media” unit how long he’d been with the team. I admit, I knew the answer when I asked. “Three years,” Wallace...
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Wednesday night, the Toronto Raptors shocked the NBA, seizing back home-court advantage with a 123-109 win at Oracle Arena. It was a thrilling game, with the Raptors overcoming a 47-point explosion by Steph Curry and controlling the game throughout. After Game 4 in Oakland on Friday, the game schedule quickens...
Much like an NBA game, the momentum of an NBA franchise can shift suddenly and dramatically. Improbable comebacks occur. And what once looked like a guaranteed loss can rapidly turn into a nailbiter, maybe even a come-from-behind win. It’s why we love the game. Just last month, after the Grizzlies...
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Well, conveying the pick will have to wait another year. Once it was announced that the Grizzlies didn't have the No. 9 pick during last night's NBA Draft Lottery, we knew they would keep this year's pick. The only question was how high would it be? Now, we know: The Grizzlies...
The last time I talked to Mike Conley, at the Grizzlies final media session on April 11, he was laughing off whether or not it was time for another farewell speech. Not surprisingly, Conley wants to play for an NBA championship and doesn’t have much of an appetite for a...
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Editor's note: This column was written before news broke of a Grizzlies shakeup that reassigns Chris Wallace to a scouting role. J.B. Bickerstaff has also reportedly been fired. The Grizzlies finished up their season Wednesday night with fireworks. Not actual fireworks, but they sure lit up the scoreboard en route...