The Memphis Grizzlies Roller Coaster Ride Is One To Be Excited About

Mike Conley Justin Holiday Jaren Jackson Jr. Avery Bradley Memphis Grizzlies (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
Mike Conley Justin Holiday Jaren Jackson Jr. Avery Bradley Memphis Grizzlies (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images) /

It’s been an exciting season for the Memphis Grizzlies. It’s been a roller coaster ride this season, but the team will benefit from this going forward.

The 2018-2019 Memphis Grizzlies have given us a roller coaster ride to remember. Just like riding a rollercoaster we’ve had our ups and downs and experienced some sharp turns and some deep dips, but it’s all added up to be a very exciting ride for the city of Memphis and the franchise.

At the beginning of the season, we started out by going 12-5 which was the top of the western conference. We enjoyed that ride, but then came the month of December. December is when the wheels started to come off. Suddenly and without notice, we started going down the basketball rollercoaster. We went from the top all the way to almost all the way to the bottom.

The Wheels Come Off

The ride was no longer fun and just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse, Marc Gasol was traded, and there was the talk of Mike Conley being traded as well, but thankfully that didn’t happen. We did manage to trade Gasol to the Raptors for some quality players, including Jonas Valanciunas and Delon Wright.

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The failed trade with Phoenix involving Marshon Brooks and Dillon Brooks was another wheel that came off and brought embarrassment to the Grizzlies. There was also some confusion in the locker room between Garrett Temple and Omri Caspi that caused more problems.

The injury bug showed its ugly head once again as Jaren Jackson Jr. Dillon Brooks and Kyle Anderson all went down with “season-ending” (wink) injuries. Shortly after that the Grizzlies seemingly cleaned house and got rid of Garrett Temple, Wayne Selden, Omri Casspi, JaMychal Green, and Shelvin Mack in came some new faces. Avery Bradley, Bruno Caboclo, and Tyler Dorsey are some of the new guys who have made an impact.

The Wheels Are Put Back On

Who knew when Joakim Noah was signed along with the other new players that the Grizzlies had in some kind of away put the wheels back on the roller coaster. Joakim Noah‘s energy has been matched by all of the new guys along with the improved play of Chandler Parsons. With the re-emergence of all-star caliber guard Mike Conley that the wheels would start to turn again.

I’ve been a season ticket holder for over ten years and the excitement this new team has brought us is felt with every steal and every shot the new look Grizzlies have taken. I’ve even heard it said in the crowd that this team is even exciting to watch when they lose.

Of course, no one likes to lose, but let’s be honest, even when we made our playoff runs we were not that exciting to watch. Grizzlies fans all over Memphis and the south are licking their chops thinking about how fun it will be to start this rollercoaster ride all over again. The expectations are high for next season as we anticipate the return of Jaren Jackson Jr., Kyle Andeson, and Dillon Brooks added to a more younger and energetic core of players.

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Who knows if we’ll get lucky and get Zion Williamson with the number one pick? Anyway, I can’t wait to start this roller coaster ride all over again, but this time with the wheels staying on longer than they did this season.