Saying he came up "the hard way" – 10 years in the minor leagues – David Joerger made his Memphis debut as head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday.
During a press conference at the FedExForum, Joerger, who had been an assistant to Lionel Hollins, said his minor-league experience ran the gamut – from being the general manager and head coach to lining up the halftime entertainment and picking up the towels.
"I have an appreciation for being in the NBA," said Joerger, "and I have an appreciation for being in this position."
While tennis star Serena Williams is busy apologizing for her comments around the Steubenville rape case, it seems she also targeted her old rival Maria Sharapova during a recent Rolling Stone interview. In response to Williams calling her boring, Sharapova released a few jabs of her own during a pre-Wimbledon press conference on Saturday, according to the New York Post.
"At the end of the day, we have a tremendous amount of respect for what we do on the court. I just think she should be talking about her accomplishments, her achievements, rather than everything else that's just getting attention and controversy," Sharapova said.
Sidney Adkins, head coach of the ABA's Bluff City Reign, approaches tryouts for the team looking for players that will fit into a winning mix.
That was the case again last Saturday (June 8) during a tryout-session at Carver High School.
"(We're) looking for guys with good defense skills," said Adkins, "and if the guys are good, team-concept players."
How do you really say goodbye to someone who has meant so much to so many?
What words could really comfort the man who endured the losing seasons of the then-Vancouver Grizzlies, but yet came back to coach the Memphis Grizzlies to the Western Conference Championship?
How does new ownership really explain to the loyal legion of Grizz Nation how "differing views" turned into the non-renewal of a contract and the firing of a coach?
That warm, fuzzy feeling that many Memphians had about the Grizzlies historic run to the NBA's Western Conference Finals gave way to a knot in the stomach on Monday.
The condition change came with news that Lionel Hollins is out as head coach. According to Jason Levien, CEO and managing partner of the Grizzlies and FedExForum, there was a "thorough internal process" before Hollins was let go.
Hollins' contract officially expires at the end of the month.
Children's smiles, fidgets and careful steps greeted me last Sunday (May 26) at the Orange Mound Community Center (OMCC) Athletic Appreciation Banquet.
A number of children and their families walked into the ballroom at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis full of anticipation. They came to celebrate the theme, "Hard Work Pays Off".
The children (ages five to 16) had worked hard, on and off the court. Extended family and surrogate mothers and fathers were all in the mix ready for the celebration. The pride was evident.
For the past month or so, Memphis, and perhaps the entire Mid-South has been on a fantastic ride called the Grizzlies 2013 Playoff run! It was as thrilling as any carnival ride ever brought to the Delta or Mid-South fairs, wrought with ups, downs, twists and turns. There were comebacks from two games down, overtime victories, overtime losses, dagger threes and powerfully throw down dunks, thrilling victories and disappointing defeats.
Through it all something great happened.
Born was something more exciting, more potentially impactful and certainly more important – this community came together, embraced its identity and stood proudly on the world stage exclaiming, "We Believe!" and "We Don't Bluff" as we "Whooped" every "Trick" the opposition threw at us (at least until the San Antonio series, where the Spurs opened up a can of whoop trick on us.)