HoopsHype Mike Conley rumors

May 12, 2011 Updates
May 2, 2011 Updates

The Grizzlies might as well be coal miners swinging pick-axes, longshoremen loading ships down on the docks, day laborers hauling sacks of concrete at a construction site. "It's the way we play," said Zach Randolph. "It's who we are," said Mike Conley. NBA.com

April 29, 2011 Updates

Some NBA players do not believe an earlier date will change anybody’s mind. “Once I realized my opportunity and where I could possibly be drafted, I pretty much had made up my mind,” Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley said Thursday. “I had an opportunity to go, and I was going to take it.” Conley left Ohio State after his freshman season. Howard, a senior and a two-time NCAA Elite 88 Award winner, doesn’t buy it. Howard won the award for having the highest GPA of any player at each of the past two Final Fours. “There’s a lot of guys who would not entertain it (leaving early) and a lot that would, if they do entertain it, are going to sign with an agent immediately,” he said. Yahoo! Sports

April 28, 2011 Updates

“The plan on that last possession was just to play it out and deny the 3-point line,” said Mike Conley. They got the playing-it-out part right, at least. “I look up and I’m yelling because everyone is inside the 3-point line,” said Hollins. Memphis Commercial Appeal

A 51.9 percent shooter in the regular season, Parker had made only 42.9 percent of his shots in the first four games. Though he had outscored his counterpart, Mike Conley, he also had committed 17 turnovers in the four games, six more than Conley. “We’ve been trying to figure out why he hasn’t been more aggressive, especially with his shot,” Popovich said. “He’s been hitting that mid-range shot all year long and doing a great job of it. “Tonight he did that, and it was a huge help for us. It kept us in a position to win because of what he did in that regard, but I thought he played well at the defensive end, also. This was his most aggressive game at both ends.” San Antonio Express-News

April 21, 2011 Updates

Mike Conley: Very tough loss. About to watch the film on the plane ride back to Memphis, an get ready for game 3. Twitter

April 19, 2011 Updates

Having already signed forward Rudy Gay to a five-year, $85 million deal last summer and point guard Mike Conley to a five-year, $45-million contract extension at the start of the season, getting Gasol on board for the future will enable the Grizzlies – who won for the first time in the postseason in franchise history in Game 1 – to take the next step in their development, according to Randolph. “The number one thing is to try to win a championship,” he said. “I feel like we’ve got a good enough core with me, Rudy, Marc and Mike to build around us and do something special. “I think it’s realistic. You’ve seen where we came from to now, where we’re at. This league is so up and down you can compete with anybody and anybody can get beat any given night.” NBA.com

April 15, 2011 Updates
February 8, 2011 Updates

Mike Conley hears the criticism. He knows that there are some who believe the Grizzlies made a mistake by signing him to his last contract. He hears people believe he is not worth the money. He hears comments that the Grizzlies maybe would be better off trading him. He also doesn't care. "I try my best to stay away from it and not read it," Conley told HOOPSWORLD, "but it still gets brought to my attention from different people. Eventually you find out what people are saying. It just motivates me more to stay in the gym and get better because I can't control what's going on off the court like what people say. What I can control is what I do on the court." HoopsWorld

"This league is based on criticism, but everybody in the league has something that they are good at, whether that's scoring the basketball, rebounding or playing defense," said Randolph. "Mike is one of those players who is putting everything together right now. His shooting is better, he's playing good defense, he's fast and he gets other guys open shots. He's just a great player." HoopsWorld

"Man, that kid is a hard worker, first of all," Zach Randolph told HOOPSWORLD. "He works on his game every summer and gets better. He worked on his shot and it improved. He's working and wants to get better. He takes a lot of pressure off of me. He's knocking down shots, he's penetrating, getting to the hole and finding us big fellas for drop-offs. Anytime you have a point guard like Mike, who can knock down shots from the outside, it loosens up on the inside for us to work down there." HoopsWorld

December 22, 2010 Updates

Does the big contract you just signed make you feel any added pressure? Mike Conley: I don’t feel any pressure at all. I think actually signing took a lot of pressure off. More than anything, this allows me to play basketball, concentrate on basketball and not worry about anything else. I’m just thankful I’m coming back to Memphis for five more years. You know the Grizzlies got some criticism for giving you that deal. Does that bother you? Mike Conley: It’s tough to take any kind of criticism. A lot of players take criticism, a lot of teams take criticism… That’s just part of business. They believed in me and they made a decision. They were happy with me and I’m happy with them. It’s just a matter of time. Hopefully one day the media will look back on it and not be so harsh about it. HoopsHype

Do you have any point guard, from the past or currently in the NBA, that you see as a model for you? Mike Conley: I do. I would say Tony Parker is a guy I always looked up to and modeled my game after his. He’s one of those guys that’s very aggressive with the ball and finishing in transition, creating for other guys and doing everything fast. He uses his speed very well and those are the traits I want to bring in the NBA. HoopsHype

December 20, 2010 Updates

Will Randolph, still in his prime, do a LeBron on the Grizzlies, who already gave generous contract extensions to Rudy Gay and Mike Conley and might not be able to afford him? "Well, it's a business, so I really can't say what will happen," he said. "But I will say that I'd like to finish my career in Memphis. I've never felt this embraced by a team and community. I love this city." NBA.com

December 11, 2010 Updates
November 16, 2010 Updates

They may have come into the season thinking they were good enough to challenge the better teams in the Western Conference, but it sure hasn't looked like it so far, hitting bottom with an 89-72 loss in Orlando in which they never led and hardly challenged. "It's never too early to have a team meeting,'' said point guard Mike Conley. "The issues that we have as a team, being held accountable individually, we have to accept as a team.'' FanHouse.com

November 6, 2010 Updates

Conley, 23, thinks his strong performance from the start of training camp through the first week of the season spurred the Grizzlies to resume contract talks before Monday’s deadline. He’s averaged 15.8 points, 9.2 assists, 5.8 rebounds and 3.4 steals in the Grizzlies’ first five games. “If that’s how they feel, that’s their opinion,” Conley said of his critics. “I can’t do anything about that. What’s done is done. All I can do is control what happens on the court. “I like the motivation I get from people criticizing me and putting me down. I will prove my worth to them. I am being paid what I am supposed to based on production.” Yahoo! Sports

November 5, 2010 Updates

NBA front-office sources say that the five-year, $40 million deal Mike Conley received -- still stunning every time you see the numbers even after a few days for the contract to sink in -- includes $1 million in deferred salary in each of those five seasons. Which can't/won't change the opinion held here (and countless other outposts on the NBA map) that an extension for Conley is lunacy when A) we don't know how restrictive the next collective bargaining agreement will be for an owner (Michael Heisley) who always says his franchise needs more revenue-sharing help from big-market franchises and B) securing big man Marc Gasol or (dare we say it) last season's team MVP Zach Randolph for the long term was already complicated. ... We repeat: $8 million annually for Mike Conley in this climate is too much. ESPN.com

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