When the Memphis Grizzlies traded away the franchise cornerstone Rudy Gay, it left everyone in the basketball world asking questions. Why get rid of your leading scorer on a championship caliber team mid-season? If owners are mailing in seasons for sake of (potential) increased profit, what’s the real purpose of the city having the team? Championships can’t be the answer. There are plenty more, but we’ll end with this one: What the hell are the Grizzlies going to look like now?
Memphis was never a super-squad like New York, Miami or even how the Lakers are supposed to be. They might just have been the most balanced “team” in the league, but they’d be tested right away last night in Oklahoma City. How’d they fair? Welp… They lost the game 106-88 and, perhaps, any sense of Western Conference supremecy right along with it. The good news is Jerryd Bayless, who’s still young and talnted enough to have an unexpected Chauncy Billups career turnaround, responded with 23 points and six assists on 9 of 17 shooting. Rocking the Top Ten 2000, Bayless showed his savy potential with hesitation moves and pull-ups off the dribble, both made possible by the traction provided by classic herringbone material on the outsole.