Thursday, December 3, 2009
Behind The Scoreboard
Here’s hoping that all of you wonderful folks out there had a happy, healthy Thanksgiving Day. It is also hoped that we found a few silent moments to remember our heroes and heroines in uniform who are the caretakers of our freedoms.
And from the looks of things recently, there are a few items on the Memphis Grizzlies’ hope list. No, one of them is not the return of A.I. (Allen Iverson). The word late last week was that Iverson had opted for retirement after reaching a “parting of the ways” with his almost team, the Grizzlies. Earlier this month the former MVP and stellar performer had abruptly left the team and gone to Atlanta for “personal reasons.”
There are those of us who felt, upon hearing the news of the super ego’s departure, that he had bought a one-way ticket. Iverson’s individual persona was never a right fit for the Memphis franchise. Part of the reason for his hire was to put derrieres (pardon my French) in the seats at FedEx Forum. However, and interestingly enough, A.I. never played one game in the arena as a member of the team. It would also be interesting to know how much he earned for the three road games in which he did play.
Just before week’s end, the story came from the city where Iverson spent more than 10 years of his professional career, that the Sixers were thinking of dangling a return carrot to the man without a team. If the rumored return to Philadelphia is true, Iverson just might be able to help improve the dismal record of 5-11, thus far.
Questions concerning the Grizzlies’ season have always surfaced the last few years. NBA fans in this area desperately want a team which they can believe in – a team which can hold the interest of the surrounding community for the duration of the season.
The season is still too young to really count any team out. And the Griz do not have the worst record. The very worst is held by the Nets in the Atlantic Division in the East. Factually, New Jersey, unfortunately, is poised to set a new loss record for starting a season. At 0-16 they are two games shy of that stat. Right next door is Minnesota. The T’Wolves are 1-15 in the West.
Head coach Lionel Hollins mentioned a couple of things high on the Griz’ hope list – more and better production from long range and consistency when playing teams like Portland.
When comparing rosters, it is clear that Memphis has no “big name” player, but the team is loaded with players who could achieve that status.
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