In the past two weeks, talk among NBA followers and Memphis Grizzlies' fans have centered around forward Rudy Gay and trade rumors.
Well, it's no longer a rumor!
A three-team deal late Wednesday sent Gay to the Toronto Raptors.
When the smoke cleared, Gay was gone, along with reserve center Hamed Haddadi, with three players – the most notable being small forward Tayshaun Prince of the Detroit Pistons – now added to the Grizz grind squad.
For the University of Memphis Tigers' basketball team, the 2012-13 season is into the "grind" of the conference schedule. Memphis only has 11 games remaining in the regular season and 10 off those are against C-USA opponents.
So far during their campaign, the Tigers have had no real problem shredding their conference foes. They recently improved to 6-0 in C-USA and appear to be on cruise control coming down the stretch.
Last Saturday (Jan. 26), Memphis defeated the Marshall Thundering Herd 73-72 at the FedExForum. Three days before, the Herd had been thoroughly embarrassed (102-46) at the hands of the University of Southern Mississippi and they were determined to not have a repeat effort as they took the court this past weekend.
Many perceive a high school student's senior year to be one of the most fun and enlightening times of a person's life. This special year is supposed to be a period of profound memories and in most cases that's just the way it turns out.
I'm a senior and I can tell you that the final year of high school is also a year of great decisions. We have to decide on schools, majors and occupations. Experience and passion greatly affect the decisions.
The New Orleans Hornets will soon be the New Orleans Pelicans. This has absolutely nothing to do with the team defeating the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday at FedExForum 91 to 83.
It's irrelevant because the New Orleans team has carried on with business as usual winning eight of their last 12 games and they used Memphis to add to their stat sheet.
The Grizzlies ended a four-game home stand against the Hornets after beating the Brooklyn Nets (101-77) and the Los Angeles Lakers (106-93).
Memphis head coach Josh Pastner drew some immediate media backlash after asserting that D.J. Stephens of the Tigers will go down as one of the top five greatest players in Memphis basketball history.
The comment came this past weekend and Pastner has changed his stance slightly, saying that Stephens might not be top five, strictly judging on basketball talent. But in terms of energy and effort, D.J. is definitely at the top of the list, he maintains.
Pastner is also convinced that Stephens will go down as one of the most beloved Tigers. Regardless of where you stand on the debate, it is impossible to watch D.J. Stephens compete and say that he didn't leave it all on the court. He plays so hard that he has been held out of practice since October 21 because Pastner doesn't want to risk him getting injured.
Memphis played (insert school name).
They ran out to a big lead. During the second half, (insert opponent's name) rallied, thanks to a seeming lack of intensity or focus by the Tigers. Ultimately, Memphis was able to hold off the rally and come away with a 10-point victory.
OK, that may be a little too generic, however, this scenario is all too familiar to anyone that has regularly watched the Tigers this year. This past Saturday (Jan. 19), the Tigers beat Harvard (60-50) and, once again, the script held.
The Memphis Grizzlies battled the Indiana Pacers on Monday as the nation celebrated the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during a noon tip-off at FedExForum in front of 17,508 fans.
The Grizzlies fell to the Pacers 81-82 on a day with significance well beyond the game. Three sports legends – NBA Hall of Famers Elgin Baylor and Patrick Ewing and NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown – were honored by the Grizzlies during the 11th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Day.