For the first time since the 2004-05 season, the Memphis Grizzlies find themselves kicking off the NBA campaign with an 0-4 record following their latest loss against the Dallas Mavericks.
To this point, Taylor Jenkins’ club has found themselves falling victim to a similar script on a nightly basis: keep things relatively close in the beginning, tapper off in the middle, and then attempt to storm back toward the end only to fall short.
Considering the Grizzlies have finished with the Western Conference’s second-best standing over the past two seasons, this type of lowly production is quite foreign to those residing in the 38103 and, in turn, could prove to be an extremely difficult hole to climb out of.
However many within Memphis’ locker room are still confident brighter days are ahead, as guard Desmond Bane discussed during Monday night’s postgame presser how overcoming this level of adversity will stand to make the team as a whole “stronger” moving forward.
Memphis Grizzlies guard Desmond Bane dishes on 0-4 start to season
"“We’ve been in similar situations and we’ve always found a way to come out of it and be better because of it,” Bane said. “Adversity, when in it, always seems like a bad thing but once you get through it you become stronger and it’ll only help us in the long run.”"
Despite this lackluster kickoff to 2023-24, Bane has been consistently putting his best foot forward through the first four contests played and is posting sensational averages of 25.4 points, 4.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.0 steals while shooting 48.7 percent from the field and 35.1 percent from distance.
Unfortunately, however, this brand of production has yet to lift the Grizzlies over the hump and help them claim their first win of the season.
That said, the All-Star hopeful is stressing to both fans and his teammates that they’ve been in similarly low situations before (Memphis endured a five-game losing streak just last year) and have wound up prevailing in the end.
Though the media attention may be greater considering it’s their first stretch of outings, Bane doesn’t seem to be phased.