Thursday, April 28, 2005

Behind The Scoreboard
By Claude Vinson

Grizzlies need some playoff wins

Is it really the Grizzlies’ time?

Have they paid enough dues?

Suffered their share of trials and tribulations?

Top Griz, Mike Heisley, uprooted the team, brought them to this part of the country where everything is happening and one might spot Elvis at any given time. The Griz have the state of the art as arenas go. You can match them against the finest basketball edifices anywhere, the Pontiac Center, The Staples Center (you know, the one Kobe and Shaq built and almost destroyed), and the one which will be someday erected in Yaow Ming’s honor.

Please don’t take this the wrong way. That was a gutsy move that Mr. Heisley made and I praised him for it.

But what we need now are wins. Period.

The Griz have competition. They play on the roughest playground in the Western Conference. No conference has as many teams with 50 wins. And lest we forget, Memphis was also a 50-game winner.

So what can be the problem? We match with players of the same ilk around the league and everyone is not going to have Shaq. It appears that whenever Memphis makes a BIG push, they have these flame-outs and lose multiple games in a row. And near the end of the season, there is internal strife.

Is Memphis placing too much emphises ane not enough playing the game.

Even the Chicago Bulls, who have been absent from the playoffs for almost a decade, have resurged.

Does anyone remember when the Villanova Wildcats knocked off Georgetown during their unbeatable year? Villanova coach Rollie Massimino, who bore a remarkable resemblance to Abe Sapestein, kept telling the Wildcats that they could do it.

And they did it.

Mr. Heisley, would you happen to know the whereabouts of Mr. Massimino?


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