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GritGrindGrizz - Lee Eric Smith

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

The Grizzlies have made no secret that the franchise intends to buck the trend in today’s run-and-gun, bombs away NBA. They intend to reinvent “Grit ‘n’ Grind”  for today’s style of play — which presumably means they intend to be a physical squad that plays elite-level team defense. “It’s going...
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The Grizzlies have made no secret of their intentions to double down on their identity – part of which is built on going against the grain. Aside from the new uniforms, perhaps the most obvious sign of that will be the Grizzlies' home court itself. Where most NBA courts have...
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"Am I supposed to look at you? Or the camera?" asked Grizzlies rookie Jaren Jackson Jr., kicking off a freewheeling and lighthearted interview and media session. Jackson was responding to one of the first questions hurled at him during Media Day, which officially kicks off NBA Training Camp. The rookie's...
With NBA Training Camp set to open in just a week, we're officially at the edge of a new NBA season -- and the Grizzlies finally (officially) introduced us to their summer crop of new players. They are: Kyle Anderson (RFA via San Antonio) Garrett Temple (Traded to Memphis...
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Fresh off last night's Summer League Semifinal loss to the Portland Trailblazers, the Grizzlies did some addition by subtraction . . . and addition. From Grizz PR: Memphis, Tenn. – The Memphis Grizzlies completed a trade with the Sacramento Kings in which they acquired guard Garrett Temple, Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace announced today....
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  Well, at the end of the day, it was a safe pick. Which, if you wanted the Grizzlies to swing for the fences with their No. 4 pick, probably means you're disappointed. With DeAndre Ayton, Marvin Bagley, and Luka Doncic going 1-2-3 as predicted, the Memphis Grizzlies selected Michigan State PF...
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Well it's finally here — NBA Draft Day 2018. And your Memphis Grizzlies will make their selection with the No. 4 pick. Questions swirl and methinks that's a good thing. Will Luka Doncic fall to No. 4? Will Memphis trade down with a shot a snapping up Michael Porter...
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Shortly before I left work Tuesday, I was chatting with a colleague about that night’s NBA Draft Lottery, in which the Grizzlies had the second best chance of securing the top pick. I was optimistic about getting into the top two; he hedged: “Well, we can’t go lower than...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWtykaIS-Ak Okay, so the Memphis Grizzlies almost certainly won't pick Arizona phenom DeAndre Ayton unless two other franchises go bonkers. Odds aren't looking great for Slovenian star Luka Doncic or Duke's Marvin Bagley, either. But the No. 4 pick? We'll take it. No, despite having a 19.9 percent chance of winning the...
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J.B. Bickerstaff is "interim coach" of the Memphis Grizzlies no longer. Bickerstaff, 39, was officially introduced to media as head coach Wednesday morning in the lobby of FedExForum. And to give you an idea about how down-to-earth and affable he is, Bickerstaff spent almost five full minutes of his remarks thoughtfully...