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January 20, 2015 Updates

Does he have what his teammates need to lead them to the championship? "All my life I've been ranked lower than I thought I should be," Conley would say quietly as he walked slowly past the enlarged black-and-white photographs that detail the achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King. "And I don't care anymore." In print his words may sound bitter and resentful, but on this day, in his company, their meaning was entirely different. Conley was smiling as if liberated. He sounded grateful. NBA.com

"He says there's another level I need to reach," said Conley, who went into his Tony Allen rasp: "He wants me being nasty, to put on a different Mike." He laughed. "He wants me to be in his space, grab his jersey, pound him in his chest, 'Snap out of it!' and all that stuff. I can try, but that's just not me for the most part. I'll slap him against the back of his head once in a while, because that is the only way to get his attention sometimes: You'll be talking to him and he's looking right past you, so you just got to hit him upside the head. Then he's listening to you again." NBA.com

January 16, 2015 Updates

John Denton: With Mike Conley OUT because of a sprained ankle, @Memphis Grizzlies will start Beno Udrih tonight vs. @Orlando Magic Beno played in ORL during 12-13. Twitter @JohnDenton555

January 5, 2015 Updates

Me: One shop question: if you had to make a case to the Western Conference coaches for Mike Conley making the All-Star team, what would it be? Mike Conley: I don't know what I'd say to them. Hopefully I'm doing enough. I don't know what else I have to do. Years past you'd say we're not one of the top teams. But this year, we're one of those teams. I'm pretty much letting my game speak for itself and hopefully they'll take notice. NBA.com

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In early September, months after the last N.B.A. season had ended, Mike Conley tuned in to watch the FIBA Basketball World Cup on television. He saw someone with a resemblance to his Memphis Grizzlies teammate Marc Gasol: same bushy beard, same stern game face and same backward shuffle down the court after shooting a jumper from just beyond the free-throw line. Except that this player was much thinner. “I was like, Man, that can’t be Marc,” said Conley, the Grizzlies’ point guard. “It looks like he lost 50 pounds.” New York Times

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October 28, 2014 Updates

Gasol has stuck in his craw a failed 2009 trade — driven by former Griz coach Marc Iavaroni — that would have sent Conley to Milwaukee for Ramon Sessions and Joe Alexander. Conley hasn’t dwelled on it. He’s instead allowed his play to speak loudly as one of the main voices among the Grizzlies’ cry for relevancy as a Western Conference contender. Conley is coming off a season in which he averaged a career-best 17.2 points by attacking the rim at a rate that ranked 15th in the league. Conley’s 8.6 turnovers per 100 possessions ranked third among point guards behind Chris Paul and Jose Calderon. “Man,” forward Zach Randolph said, “I don’t know where we would be without Mike.” Memphis Commercial Appeal

Gasol said the key is staying focused on scoring. “He can get to the paint. He can shoot and float it. Now, he has to work on the mental part of the game,” Gasol said. “He has to say, ‘I’m going to take over the game.’ Not just play the way we play it. There’s times when he has to take over because he’s the quickest guy out there and the easiest way to the paint. When I came back (from injury last season) I kept telling him to keep doing it. We need him to stay at that aggressive level.” Memphis Commercial Appeal

May 2, 2014 Updates

After a visit to the locker room, he returned but didn't last and was pulled again. His status for Saturday's Game 7 is now in doubt. The Grizzlies termed it a "mild" hamstring pull, but that is an injury for which there's no such thing as mild. Not only is Conley a vital part of the Grizzlies offense -- his 2-of-10 shooting for just five points was a major reason his team turned in its worst offensive game in the series -- but Memphis is thin at his position. Regular backup Nick Calathes has been suspended for the series, and fill-in Beno Udrih has lost his magic from the first few games. He went just 1-of-8 shooting in Game 6 and struggled defensively. ESPN.com

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Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley has won the NBA's Joe Dumars Trophy for sportsmanship. Conley received 77 first-place votes of a possible 334 and earned 2,335 points overall. He was followed by Boston's Jeff Green, Phoenix's Channing Frye, Washington's Bradley Beal, Portland's Damian Lillard and Chicago's Mike Dunleavy. USA Today Sports

March 10, 2014 Updates

Our friends at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital are once again teaming with the NBA for Hoops For St. Jude's Week, which runs through Thursday. As you probably know by now, St. Jude's treats children with cancer, sickle cell anemia and other deadly diseases, and doesn't charge the kids or their families a dime for the procedures, operations, travel, housing or food they get and use while at the hospital. St. Jude's does this through the contributions, great and small, of individuals and corporations. It costs $1.9 million per day for the hospital to do all the works it performs. This year's NBA Ambassadors for St. Jude's are Mike Conley, Pau and Marc Gasol, David Lee, Kevin Love and Greg Monroe, along with coaches Mike Brown, Rick Carlisle and Monty Williams. You can help by visiting the website and making a donation, or checking out St. Jude's Twitter and Facebook pages. It's well worth your time. NBA.com

February 12, 2014 Updates

Hollins also revealed that he expects his old team to make a cost-cutting move before the deadline, because certain players are going to achieve bonus money that will move the Grizzlies above the luxury tax threshold. But sources told SheridanHoops that because Zach Randolph and Mike Conley did not make the All-Star team, Memphis will be about $900,000 below the tax threshold. That’s actually enough space to add a halfway-decent player into their empty 15th roster spot. SheridanHoops

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