/ Jan 19, 2015 / 3:00 pm
The Memphis Grizzlies have cooled since they started the season with the NBA’s best record at 10-1, but at 29-11, they’re third place in an increasingly ruthless Western Conference. A big part of their success this year — as in year’s past — is the play of perpetually underrated point guard Mike Conley. In a recent NBA.com feature with Ian Thomsen, Conley offered his own unique relationship with Tony Allen, and it’s as cavalier as the flamboyant Grizzlies defensive whiz. Read More »
/ Jan 14, 2015 / 11:00 pm
Marc Gasol’s skills on both ends of the floor are downright spectacular to watch. Not only is the seven-footer a former Defensive Player of the Year with a plethora of offensive moves in the post, but the big man in Memphis is also equipped with passing skills that resemble those of a point guard. In fact, Gasol ranks second among centers in the league (3.6) for assists per game. Read More »
/ Jan 3, 2015 / 1:15 am
He brings so many things to the table for the Grizzlies, but sometimes Tony Allen can’t buy a bucket no matter how wide open, or how many attempts he gets to rip the nylon. After intercepting an Ed Davis pass midway through the second quarter of Memphis’ surprisingly close 109-106 win over the Lakers Friday night, Allen had a breakaway layup. Things went quickly downhill however. Read More »
/ Dec 10, 2014 / 11:30 am
God created the perfect perimeter basketball player for the Grit N’ Grind Memphis Grizzlies when She sculpted Tony Allen out of some of the grooviest clay at Her disposal. How else to explain Allen’s brilliant change of possession signal in last night’s 114-105 win over the high-scoring Mavericks? Read More »
Now this is how you perform Dikembe Mutombo’s famed finger-wag, Dwight Howard. Watch Tony Allen come from behind Howard to block the big man’s shot and wag his finger to the Memphis Grizzlies’ crowd in his team’s 119-93 beat-down of the Houston Rockets on Monday. Read More »
Grizzlies off-guard, Tony Allen, can’t shoot the rock beyond maybe 15 feet and even that’s pushing it. He’s also sort of crazy, just follow his Twitter account. But he’s probably one of the toughest players in the league — over 25 percent of GM’s named him the toughest player in the NBA in their latest annual survey — and we love the way he plays defense and competes every night. That said, he became frustrated last night and slapped a court-side camera. Read More »
The NBA is a point guard driven league. Look at personnel on the top teams in the Association. With just a couple exceptions, the best teams in the league have stellar point guard play. After the point guard position, the power forward position is emerging as the deepest talent pool in the league.
What’s been lost in the NBA is great play from the shooting guard position. Having a great shooting guard isn’t a necessity anymore. Just look at the San Antonio Spurs for proof. Gregg Popovich used a platoon of players at the shooting guard position last year, and none of them are superstars anymore. Danny Green is an elite three-point shooter, Manu Ginobili is past his prime but still a crafty offensive weapon, and Marco Belinelli can shoot it with the best of them, but struggles in other facets of the game. None of those guys – at least at this point in their careers – could carry the offense alone. Read More »
The games are similar, basketball and soccer. Both are contact sports with little protective equipment; both have goals (or baskets) on the two sides of the field (or court) where a player must put the ball in to score points. Both have situations where a costly turnover could quickly turn into a counterattack or fast-break and cost a team points. Both games require elite athleticism, and players from both sports get paid tons of money to play their game at an elite level.
That’s where the similarities end between soccer and basketball, but that hasn’t stopped us from compiling a full soccer team with NBA stars. Read More »
Compounding the loss of Z-Bo after he was suspended for Game 7, and the strained hamstring of point guard Mike Conley, now comes word from ESPN’s Brian Windhorst that Tony Allen might miss Game 7 because he’s suffering from a severe migraine. Except, updated reports say he’ll play and wasn’t suffering from a migraine, but was poked in the eye at shootaround this morning in Oklahoma City. Read More »
For Thursday’s Thunder Extra addition to the Oklahoman, the paper shows a large photo of Kevin Durant appearing to miss a shot against the Grizzlies. There’s a stand-alone headline above that picture that dominates he rest of the front page reading, simply: “Mr. Unreliable.” Durant will likely pick up the regular season MVP award next week, and some Thunder fans are a little pissed their paper is throwing him under the bus so soon. Read More »