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Committment To Losing

Posted by Ryne E. Hancock on July 15, 2007

If you’re a Grizzlies fan and are reading this, please don’t be offended by the byline of this column because well, it’s the honest truth.

Ever since the Grizzlies have arrived here in Memphis, we’ve seen Jason Williams blow up at Geoff Calkins, Shane Battier trading in Beale Street Blue for Rockets Red, and the departure of the guy who transformed this franchise from the league’s laughing stock to playoff contender and back.

Not to mention the fact that during the beginning part of October last year, Brian Davis and Christian Laettener tried to buy the franchise, only to leave everyone in Memphis with egg on their face.

Now, with the Grizzlies’ signing of Darko, we now know that the direction the Grizzlies are going in isn’t a direction that would lead to a parade down Beale Street in the next five years.

It’s a direction that is going to quickly turn this franchise back into what it once was prior to the arrival of Logo, even before they set foot into this city, turning the FedEx Forum into the cold and dank cauldron of losing – – which would be a shame to this franchise as well as this city.

I’m sure deep down, the Grizzlies realize that they play in the rough-and-tumble Western Conference, which is equivalent to playing in the ACC in college basketball, and the 1950’s big men bullshit doesn’t work when you’re facing a Dallas or San Antonio.

But with signings like this, you would have to wonder, what is the goal of the Grizzlies’ front office?

Be honest, are the Grizz committed to losing?

You tell me.


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