A wise man once said, “Sometimes, change is good and sometimes, you are the Memphis Grizzlies.”
All right, I don’t think anyone ever said that, but if Plato was an NBA analyst, I think we could credit him with it. All around the league, things got crazy. Dwight Howard found himself with the Houston Rockets, Metta World Peace is with the New York Knicks and Paul Pierce wears a black and white Brooklyn Nets uniform now. Oh yeah, the Grizzlies got Mike Miller.
A trend we see in “so close, yet so far” contenders is blowing up the team and going for broke on championship hopes. So far, we just haven’t seen that with “the Griz”. Over time, they’ve made little moves here and there in hopes of upgrading. Getting rid of OJ Mayo and Rudy Gay was supposed to doom them. In reality, all it did was make them better. The Grizzlies are a team building for long-term relevance and contention. Look at the Nets or Knicks in two years, and I don’t know if you’ll see that. Just like getting rid of Mayo and Gay was part of the slow tinkering process to build a contender, so was the addition of Miller.
However, adding Miller is only half of the process. The other half lies in whom they didn’t add. By not adding any high-risk free agents, they didn’t rock the boat and kept on keeping on. We saw this trend even in the Miami Heat’s addition of Michael Beasely and Greg Oden. If the two of them fail to pan out, Miami could be in trouble moving forward.
In conclusion, don’t worry about the lack of All-Stars in Memphis. It’s all part of the plan.