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April 17, 2015 Updates
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The Memphis Grizzlies and FedExForum today announced a new exclusive partnership with Methodist Healthcare, focusing on population health management and community wellness initiatives, with an emphasis on urging Memphians to make positive, small choices throughout daily life in pursuit of better health. The relationship will also promote a variety of Methodist’s services, including its vast primary care network with same-day appointment scheduling and health tips via the Methodist mobile app. NBA.com

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Conley said the injury feel like he’s constantly walking on a golf ball. There is inflammation and swelling above the plantar fasciitis, making it so Conley can’t put much pressure on his right foot or run and jump effectively. There also is a notion that Conley could miss the Grizzlies’ final three regular-season games – something Conley hoping isn’t the case. “I don’t want to shut down. I’d like to be playing and in a rhythm going into the playoffs as opposed to sitting,” Conley said. “But I’ve a had a bad little stretch with injuries. I don’t know what the smart thing to do is but I’m going to do the right thing for myself and the team.” Memphis Commercial Appeal

April 7, 2015 Updates

Nobody knows better than Boss Davis how the league has moved away from bigs who can’t shoot 3s or protect the rim, to the point that such players are undervalued. He is, now and always, a man without a home. Davis turned down a multiyear contract from Memphis in 2013, per several league sources, only to wind up signing a minimum deal with the Lakers, firing his agent, shooting 61 percent, and prepping for free agency again. Grantland

Tony Allen took to Twitter on Monday to give fans a video peek at how hard he’s working to return from a left hamstring strain. However, the Grizzlies’ veteran swingman will sit out at least another week with the injury and his return to action before the playoffs begin seems questionable. “I’m trying to do all I can do to get healthy,” Allen said Monday after missing the past four games. “If I was 100 percent I’d be playing. I feel bad that I can’t go out there. I feel like I’m energy. I’m a spark plug. My enthusiasm plays a role into us being successful. It hurts my heart not to be out there. I’m frustrated because the injury comes at a bad time because I felt like I was in a good rhythm. It’s a minor setback for major comeback.” Memphis Commercial Appeal

April 6, 2015 Updates

He’s the fourth-oldest player in the NBA behind only Andre Miller, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett. Carter loves basketball, and he’s continuing to play it – on his terms, which is just fine for Memphis. “He doesn’t take advantage of any of his celebrity as far as big-timing people or anything like that,” Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger said. “He’s one of the nicest, down-to-earth guys. He loves coming to the gym every day. He loves working with younger guys, older guys, sitting around after practice, after games, just talking hoops. He’s the kind of guy who doesn’t have to do that, right? He’s set, and he’s had a great career, and hopefully, he goes to the Hall of Fame. But he just love it.” NBCSports.com

April 5, 2015 Updates

Allen was hampered by injuries during his six years with the Celtics. He played more than 54 games just twice and also dealt with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Allen feels the added downtime early on can result in a longer career. “I feel like I’ve got a good five more [years] in me,” he said. “I feel like I missed a lot of time when I was younger and I still feel great.” Boston Globe

April 3, 2015 Updates

This has been Vince Carter's hardest year. He used to average four times as many points as the 6.0 he has managed this season. His minutes are less than half of what he used to play. He was still recovering from ankle surgery as the season began, to be followed by a foot tendon injury that sidelined him all of February. "The players all respect and look up to him,'' said Chris Wallace, the general manager of the Memphis Grizzlies. "How many times do you get a chance to play with an elder statesman like him? Some of these guys had his poster on the wall when they were kids.'' NBA.com

It was as if Carter had been nominated to campaign for a role that he could not refuse. He never did look comfortable. "I didn't want be the next anybody," said Carter. He was starring for an expansion franchise with no pedigree in a country that was, at that time, entirely foreign to the NBA. There was little to no understanding of what was being asked of him. As flattered as Carter was by the comparisons to Jordan, he didn't recognize where the expectations were leading him until it was too late. "I knew of Michael Jordan, but I did not know him personally. So I can never be `the next,"' Carter said. "My approach is different from his approach, or the approach of any other player. You can try like hell to be `the next' anyone, and copy their approach, and you're still not going to be the same. That's the thing I was trying to fight through -- throughout my career." NBA.com

The fans of the Raptors appeared to be coming to grips with his larger impact on their country by the time Carter made his latest return to Toronto in November. A sentimental and rousing video of Carter's seven seasons as a Raptor was shown during a first-quarter timeout. The boos of previous years gave way to a standing ovation. He was crying. "That's something that was not talked about at the time," said Carter of his unexpected influence on Canadian basketball. "We weren't saying get us here because of 10 years later, this is what's going to become of it. Nobody imagined that. I was glad I could have an impact, to be a part of that. But I had no idea. No idea." "Ladies and gentlemen," the announcement was made that November night at the Air Canada Centre, "would you please welcome back Vince Carter." NBA.com

April 2, 2015 Updates

When he was injured this season, Carter made several appearances on the Grizzlies’ television broadcasts as a guest analyst. As usual, he was anticipating the next phase of his life, once his playing career concludes. He would like to work in television, he said, even though he has not ruled out coaching. If only he could find a way to do both. “Maybe I could come into practice and the coach would let me help out,” he said. New York Times

As Zach Randolph sees it, there is no blank slate—at least when it comes to post play. Talented bigs come into the league at 19 and 20 years old with nothing but time to address their most concerning weaknesses. Yet all of the technical training in the world can't overwrite the need for certain qualities that cannot be learned and cannot be taught. "You can't teach footwork," Randolph said. "I mean you can, but you've gotta have that feel, you've gotta have that knack. It's a lot, reading a guy. If a guy's on your body, your instinct tells you to step through, push them off, or jab them. It all has to do with instincts and feel." Sports Illustrated

March 31, 2015 Updates


The Gasols go 1-2 in a list short on big names 18 years into franchise history.


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