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Height: 6-1 / 1.85
Weight:179 lbs. / 81.6 kg.
Height: 6-1 / 1.85
Weight:179 lbs. / 81.6 kg.
The Grizzlies had a countdown on their website for a long time, counting down to 11:30AM today. The time is here, and we now know what the countdown was for: a film by Craig Brewer titled “Marc Gasol of Memphis”, in which Memphians (along with Zach Randolph and Mike Conley) make their case that Marc Gasol is, just like we’ve always known, One Of Us.
Oden’s close friend and former teammate, Mike Conley, spoke late this season about the possibility of the seven-footer’s comeback. Surely, Oden’s comfort level with the Grizzlies rises with Conley’s stature on the team.
The Grizz, as a result, have no choice here. Conley is such a part of the furniture in the Grit/Grind World that you can safely presume his No. 11 will be raised to the rafters of the FedEx Forum someday. But it would be foolish for him to consent to an extension now, computing the increases from his current salary of $9-plus million, when he has the chance to test the market in a year at the same time that the NBA’s salary cap is poised to jump from the high $60 million range into $90 million territory. Which means that the Grizz can count on two nervy summers in a row.
Sources say, furthermore, that they’ve tried to engage Conley in extension talks. More than once. But the five-year, $40 million pact they signed Conley to in 2010 — openly second-guessed all over the NBA map at the time — proved to be too shrewd. So the consensus starting point guard on the league’s All-Underrated Team simply can’t sign an extension, working from the figures on his current deal, that could come close to the sort of offers he’s likely to attract as a 2016 free agent at the age of 28.
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But before he paired up with Allen in the backcourt to put newly-named MVP Stephen Curry and his Splash Brothers running mate, Klay Thompson, in a shooting strait jacket (13-for-34 from the field overall, 3-for-17 from three-point range), he had to get permission to play with this injury that was causing so much pain. And true to his quiet-but-fiery form, Conley pushed hard for the right to have this gutsy performance. “It was really tight,” he told USA TODAY Sports about the timing of the medical clearance in relation to the game. “Really yesterday (the medical team) kind of said I had the green light to play, but they still were like iffy. But I kind of spoke ahead and took my turn (telling the media on Monday that he expected to play), but today was really the barometer. Waking up after having a hard practice, and knowing that, ‘OK, my body feels good enough to go. I’ll do what I can, and I may as well try it.'”
Here’s what we know: Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley, playing in his first game back after breaking bones in his face in the first round, drove to the basket in the second quarter Tuesday. He spun out of control and landed on the ground. Green reached down and … ouch. The reviews were mixed, from people saying what appeared to be a wrist graze was clearly intentional to those who argued it as a basketball play. It’s unusual to see a player reach in like that for a steal while another player is on the ground, but that’s mostly because it’s unusual for a player to land like Conley did without a whistle. But Conley clearly was calling a timeout.
“What I had to endure the past week, I don’t think people really understand what I was going through physically,” Conley told Yahoo Sports after he scored 22 points in a 97-90 Game 2 victory that evened the second-round series. “And then mentally with the pressure of playing and knowing that the team needed me to just find a way. And that was the biggest … finding a way regardless to how I was feeling.”
“He has a big heart, man,” he told USA TODAY Sports about Conley. “He’s a competitor, no doubt. In my opinion, he is the most underrated guard in this whole league. We ask him to quarterback our ball club, we ask him to defend. He’s unselfish. Man, I don’t know what to say. He’s just a big-time competitor. The guy, when he first came out of the surgery, it looked like he was done for the rest of the season.”