May 3, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Tony Allen (9) celebrates in game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Los Angeles Clippers at FedEx Forum. Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 118-105. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Grizzlies Host Media Day, Head to Training Camp


 

Monday was Media Day at FedEx forum, with players, coaches, and even team owner Robert Pera dropping by to talk about their summers and their hopes for the new season with local radio hosts and sports writers. Kevin Lipe, who has taken over for Chris Herrington at the Memphis Flyer Grizzlies blog Beyond the Arc, noted the mood of the day was “Zen.” No doubt some of these players are just weary of the media circus and ready to get back to work — but I agree with Kevin: “…this is a team that believes they’re legitimately on the cusp of being able to do great things.”

Probably the highlight of the day was Quincy Pondexter’s scorned reaction to his player rating in NBA 2K14, which lists him as the worst player on the team at 60 overall, 67 on offense, and 55 on defense. This is the same guy who shot 53% from three in the Western Conference Finals and filled in admirably for Mike Conley when guarding Chris Paul. Quincy told Chris Vernon he appreciated the motivation. So thanks, 2K.

Grizzlies training camp takes place in Nashville this year on the campus of Vanderbilt University. Most importantly, this is the first chance for Dave Joerger to start coaching in earnest, setting the foundation for his new offensive system that promises better pacing and disguised offensive sets. Joerger suggested he would even try setting a 12 second shot clock in practice to train the team to work faster on offense.

Joerger finalized his coaching staff last week, and the team invited Tony Gaffney, Melvin Ely, and Derrick Byars to round out the training camp roster.

 

 

 

As a side note, Las Vegas Superbook is projecting the Grizzlies to win 49 games, giving 11-2 odds that they win the Southwest Division. We’ll take that as motivation, too.

The Grizzlies first preseason game is against on Monday the 7th against the Bulls in St. Louis.

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