Memphis Grizzlies Are Their Own Worst Enemy

By Jeric Griffin
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Professional sports are not fair. They never have been and they never will be. Some folks are treated better than others for no reason at all and/or a terrible reason, which most of the time doesn’t make sense, but that’s just the way it is and that will never change. The Memphis Grizzlies were the best team in the NBA at one point this year, but now they’re playing like the worst and it’s all because of one of those silly things mentioned above.

Before losing their last three games by at least 20 points each, the Grizzlies were challenging the Denver Nuggets as the league’s best all-around team. Memphis was buzzing with excitement because their two stars–Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph–were finally clicking while fellow rising stars Mike Conley and Marc Gasol were also playing lights out.

Then it happened.

New Grizzlies owner Robert Pera took Conley and Gasol (odd couple, I know) out to dinner. Apparently Gay and Randolph got their feelings hurt and that’s why things are so bad in Memphis right now.

Is that the reason? If so, why did Pera take only Conley and Gasol out to dinner? Why weren’t Gay and Randolph invited? Heck, why wasn’t Tony Allen invited? That guy is also playing some great ball right now.

Better yet, who cares?! Get over it! Executives, players and/or coaches go out to dinner together all the time and it wasn’t like the fact Pera paid for the dinner mattered because these guys are all millionaires.

It wasn’t because of contracts because all four players “in question” are signed though at least 2015. Whatever the case, they all need to bump fists and move on. For a small-market team to throw away a season in which it could have contended over something like this is ridiculous and everyone of them should stop acting like children. Sheesh!

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