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Garrett Temple
Garrett Temple
Position: G-F
Born: 05/08/86
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:195 lbs. / 88.5 kg.
Salary: $4,767,000
Wilson Chandler: “We have so many great young players. is amazing and was looking so good before his injury and then came back strong too. Allen is a great defensive player, a great rim protector. Spencer is amazing and should’ve been in the race for Sixth Man of the Year. Taurean is really talented. A lot of the great pieces that we have around are guys who will just continue to grow.” Garrett Temple: “Kyrie just turned 27, so he still has another four or five years in his prime. The rest of the guys are so young – Spencer, Joe, Caris (who’s a really talented young guy), Jarrett. Then, you add in DeAndre, who’s a great vet, and KD coming back next year… There’s a lot to look forward to with this team.”
NBA: The 12 nominees for the 2018-19 Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award. The award recognizes the player deemed the best teammate based on selfless play, on- and off-court leadership as a mentor and role model to other NBA players, and commitment and dedication to team: Khris Middleton, Steven Adams, Udonis Haslem, Mike Conley, Jared Dudley, Channing Frye, Rudy Gay, Andre Iguodala, Kyle Korver, JJ Redick, Garrett Temple, Thaddeus Young.

There are plenty of issues not covered under the CBA that are left to the players. For players who live alone, who takes over the old lease? Who collects the mail? Justin Holiday is taking care of both for Temple, his former Memphis teammate. “There’s some level of, ‘Well, why should we be sympathetic; they’re so well compensated?’” Michelle Roberts said. “I’m not denying that they’re well compensated, but that’s not to deny that to be traded that way is not insignificant. Let’s be selfish, it might have an impact on your performance. There’s every reason to make that transition as painless as possible.”
“Man, it was a long day. A long day,” he said. “Normally I’m worried about the game, watching film, doing things like that. [Today] I’m sitting downstairs in the lobby until 1:30, 2:00, waiting for the trade deadline to pass, trying to figure out if I’m gonna be here or not. And to see Marc end up going, and [JaMychal Green] and Garrett [Temple], and just your whole team all of a sudden change. It’s hard to lose guys that you consider brothers, and I consider every one of those guys — Marc, J-Mike, Garrett — they’ve all played parts in all of our careers, especially mine.”
7 months ago via ESPN
The most infamous teammate fight in Grizzlies history occurred in 2011, eight years ago nearly to the day, when Tony Allen blackened O.J. Mayo’s eye in a card dispute on the team plane. Mayo missed the next game with what the team initially labeled “bronchitis.” Whatever happened between Temple and Casspi apparently did not reach this level of physicality. “Nobody got Mayoed,” said a team source.
Storyline: Memphis Grizzlies Turmoil?
On Monday morning, Brogdon announced the launch of Hoops2o, an initiative – modeled after former UVA football star Chris Long’s “Waterboys” – in which the Milwaukee Bucks guard and other NBA players hope to raise money to build wells in East Africa. Already, Brogdon has recruited former UVA teammates and fellow NBA players Joe Harris and Justin Anderson for his “Starting Five.” (Rounding out the lineup are the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Anthony Tolliver and the Memphis Grizzlies’ Garrett Temple.)
Memphis, held Phoenix to 46 percent shooting, including the Suns connecting on only 9 of 33 shots outside the arc in a 117-96 victory Saturday night. “I think defense is what really keys and starts our offense for us,” said Conley, who finished with 18 points and seven assists. “Gives us easy opportunities. Gives us a different flow, a different rhythm. .It allows us to play with a little more pace and get guys more opportunities.” Gasol led the Memphis scoring with 19 points. MarShon Brooks, like Conley, had 18 points, Garrett Temple added 15, and Wayne Selden 14.
Garrett Temple, picked up in a trade from Sacramento, scored 30 points, rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. added 24 as the Grizzlies built a first-half lead and coasted to a 131-117 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night. “The energy was more like a spectacle,” Jackson said of pregame fireworks, dancers and the performance by Memphis rapper Young Dolph in the home opener. He later added: “It’s a blur. I ain’t gonna lie. I really can’t (remember specifics).”
Inside the walls of the locker room and on the floor of the Golden 1 Center, Temple was the voice of the team. He stood tall on social issues. He set forth an example of how to conduct oneself on and off the court. He was the leader of a young and inexperienced club. “We are greatly, greatly missing Garrett Temple, I’m not trying to stir things up or anything, as a guy who holds the keys to our locker room,” coach Dave Joerger said following the team’s win over Maccabi Haifa on Monday.
“There is a vacuum of leadership,” Joerger continued. “And those things don’t just get anointed by a golden wand. It takes time, it takes credibility built through trust and it just takes a while for that thing to develop of who’s going to be a leader. I wouldn’t say we’re leaderless, but we’re looking for a couple of guys to emerge who have the credibility by their play to have their voice be heard and for people to follow.”
Newcomers Kyle Anderson, Garrett Temple, Shelvin Mack and Omri Casspi all took to the dais in the FedExForum grand lobby a week away from beginning training camp with their new team. But they’ve already been working together for a while, Temple said. “When I got traded, Jevon (Carter) was the first guy to reach out to me, but Mike Conley let me know we were having a minicamp in Los Angeles,” Temple said. “I didn’t know how many guys would be there. I’ve had minicamps on two teams before, and we had maybe 10 or 11 guys, but I think there were about 16 of us there this time. We got together to eat, play pickup, just get to know each other.”
On the franchise’s offseason. JB Bickerstaff: “We’re going to be a completely different team than you guys saw at the end of last season. Our front office and ownership group have done a great job bringing in different players with different skill sets that kind of fit the theme and the direction that we’re heading in. We’re not as young as we used to be. We’ve brought in some proven, veteran guys like Kyle Anderson, Garrett Temple, Shelvin Mack, those type of guys, who can accentuate what Marc can do.”
Storyline: Grizzlies Front Office
Garrett Temple on DeMarcus Cousins joining the Warriors: “DeMarcus’ [decision] really surprised me. As someone who’s friends with Cous’, I was a little scared that he may not get a big deal because of the Achilles injury – I thought that people may be frightened off because of that. But I talked to him, I hit him up, after the deal and he told me the reasons why [he joined the Warriors]. He told me he wanted to go to a team that’s winning, that has a winning culture, and he wants to show that he’s healthy and can still play and then get back out on the market next year. Honestly, I thought that was a very mature decision by him, [especially] for a guy who has been pegged as ‘immature.’ By going to the Warriors, he’s showing people that he’s all about winning. That passion that he displays, some people don’t understand that it’s all about wanting to win. For people who don’t know him, he’s a team guy.”
Garrett Temple: “Now, by going to the Warriors, maybe people can understand, ‘Okay, maybe he is all about winning.’ Because he could’ve went to a bad team and gotten paid [more money], but that wouldn’t have done anything for him and his value. For him to go to Golden State [impressed me]. And now, I saw today that he said ‘If I have to come off of the bench, I’m cool with it.’ That just shows the maturity level he’s at right now. Now, I really hope he can get healthy enough to really do some good things… against every other team except the Grizzlies (laughs).”
The community needed to let the players know the pain that was roiling the city in the wake of the police shooting death of an unarmed 22-year-old man, Stephon Clark, in his grandmother’s back yard March 18. “We did a few word association games,” Temple said Saturday night. “One of them was ‘safe places,’ and people started saying things to us: ‘mom’s house,’ ‘church.’ I yelled out ‘basketball gym.’ People were yelling out certain musicians, like you go somewhere to listen to certain musicians to feel better. One kid, he had to be 12, and he wrote a rap. He wrote it on the spot. He wrote ‘the safest place for a black boy is in the grave.’ And when he said that, me, Doug and Vince was like, man, that’s crazy. He just wrote this in the last 10 minutes. That was what was on his mind.”
Garrett Temple: “But there are also times when I’ll randomly get ignorant, negative tweets. In those instances, I’ll usually just laugh and then respond with kindness. Recently, one person said something where they were basically hoping I’d tear my ACL. And I asked, ‘Why do you have this hate in your heart? What’s up?’ And he basically started venting about how he got hurt back when he used to play, so I told him, ‘That’s no reason for you to wish ill on anyone else.’ But I usually respond with kindness… Then, they’re all on your side after that and they aren’t hating anymore. It’s funny how quickly [their energy] changes.”
Now, Temple, who is also a VP of the NBA Player’s Association, has a new platform. He was among those who pushed Ranadive to speak after the first protest. That night, along with Doug Christie and Vince Carter, he met with community activist Barry Accuis, the leader of the protest, after the game. In a hallway, they spoke for 45 minutes, discussing tangible next steps. Then, on Sunday, Temple helped spearhead the T-shirts, and worked on the PSA. He is well aware that, had he never made an NBA roster, his opinions wouldn’t carry this kind of weight. “It’s not right, but it’s life,” he says. “It’s just the way things are. That’s one of the things I talk to kids about. Not to think their words don’t mean anything right now, because they do. But if they aren’t being listened to or the things they want to see changed aren’t changing, then use that as motivation to continue to pursue whatever you’re passionate about so you can get a to a level where people have to listen. A lawyer, a doctor, an athlete obviously. The bigger the platform, the more people listen. That’s just the way the world works.”
Storyline: Kings Front Office
This past Monday, Temple met with Hahn again, hoping to get perspective. Not at the station but at the house of Temple’s chaplain. They discussed police protocol. (“Why not keep your cover if you have a gun?” asked Temple, wondering why a nonviolent arrest hadn’t been possible). Hahn explained that legal issues play in. How do you legislate when a policeman can fire? What should the punishment be for a mistake? “To be honest, the accountability factor probably won’t be this time, because you can’t retroactively judge them,” Temple says. “In this country we’ve come to realize that a lot of things that are legal are not moral.” A few hours later, Temple drove to Genesis Missionary Baptist Church, in the Meadowview neighborhood, for a previously-scheduled community event called “Huddle Up”, free for boys age 10 to 18. Upon arriving, Temple realized—coincidentally—that they were within blocks of the backyard where Clark was shot. Not only that, but the topic of the forum, decided upon weeks earlier, struck him as preordained: Anger.
Eight-year NBA veteran Garrett Temple: “When I played in Italy during the lockout, the worst part was that the coach of our team was crazy. Serbian coaches sort of have a reputation for being crazy. My coach was Italian, but he coached like one of the Serbian coaches you’d hear horror stories about. He was very demanding and would just curse me out non-stop. He spoke English, but if I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought that curse words were the only English words he knew. When an overseas coach is trying to get on one of the players, they’ll oftentimes call him a ‘pussy.’ If you’re an American player, you’re probably going to be called a pussy at some point. That’s like the main word they use in Europe to call you soft or even when it doesn’t really make sense, like when you miss a shot or turn the ball over. Well, my coach must have called me a pussy at least five times every game. It got to the point where I was talking to him and I was like, ‘I will fuck you up, bro. It’s not okay to be saying that type of shit.’
I had to find ways to keep my cool and reel it in. But he was just so animated and nuts. At one point, we had a few upcoming games on TV and some of my teammates warned me, ‘Get ready because he gets even crazier on TV.’ So one time, during a televised game, a referee called a foul he didn’t like and he jumped off the bench and threw a temper-tantrum. Like, I’m talking about the kind of temper-tantrum that a 3-year-old throws. He was lying flat on the ground on his stomach, screaming at the top of his lungs, and punching and kicking the floor. This lasted for about five seconds and, to this day, it’s the wildest thing I’ve ever seen from a coach. I still can’t believe it.”
Garrett Temple, the other King known for his defense, calls Koufos the “ultimate professional.” “He’s perfect in terms of he knows his role and just goes out and does it, no matter if he plays 15 minutes, 30 minutes,” Temple said. “He’s one of the best defensive bigs, if not the best I’ve been on a team with, knows where to be on offense in his rolling spots and hits that floater on offense.” Koufos has a player option for next season worth $8.7 million. Temple, who also has a player option for next season, is already campaigning for Koufos to return.
Storyline: Garrett Temple Free Agency
Temple was so good in the 105-99 win over the Magic – scoring 17 consecutive points, shooting 14 of 17 and dishing five assists – that there were jokes in the locker room he was playing his way into a trade, which made Temple laugh. “The rumors are what they are,” Temple said. “I haven’t seen my name in any. People say we don’t listen to the rumors but guys do. We’re looking at HoopsHype just like everybody else.”
Storyline: Garrett Temple Trade?
The Kings need to create at least one roster spot to facilitate a potential trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers for Hill, but there have been no indications the Kings plan to part with Temple, who has a player option on his contract for next season for $8 million. “He’s the glue in our locker room,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “He’s the guy that everybody goes to, the ultimate professional. … He’s a real quality human being. Throughout this journey, it’s not been an easy season playing with a lot of young guys, but he’s been very patient, very guiding. He’s a stud.”
For the rest of the season, the Kings will not play at least two of the veterans – George Hill, Kosta Koufos, Garrett Temple, Carter or Randolph – coach Dave Joerger said. In some games, three veterans could sit. “It’s not an easy conversation,” Joerger said. “They’re very professional, they’re competitive. All of them are rotation players on a playoff team. So to ask those guys to step aside at different times is not enjoyable for me. They handled it well, they’ve been pros.”
Here’s the issue. The Kings brought in Hill, Zach Randolph and Vince Carter during the offseason and still have Garrett Temple on the roster. These are respected vets who can play. These are vets brought in to help a young team, and according to sources, were brought in with the promise of a team aiming to be playoff competitive. But that promise was made to them by Scott Perry, who since left Sacramento and now makes personnel decisions for the New York Knicks. So the direction of the franchise has shifted since Perry left. An organization that brought in veterans aiming to win now is aiming to lose. Not surprisingly, Hill isn’t happy, according to multiple sources And the other veterans can’t be too happy, either. So the Kings have a mess on their hands. I’ve always liked Hill’s game, but when he signed in Sacramento, I questioned the prudence of the Kings bringing him on board when they just drafted De’Aaron Fox, the quicksilver point guard from Kentucky.
Storyline: Kings Front Office
Sacramento Charter High is a predominantly black school that also includes Latino and mixed-race students. It is in Sacramento’s challenged Oak Park neighborhood, and the school’s alumni includes former NBA star and former Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson. Temple credited Galen Duncan, vice president of the Kings Academy and Professional Development, for doing research that identified Sacramento Charter High as a solid choice. Temple also plans to donate money to the school for computers, which he expects the Kings to match. “Sacramento High felt like a place that could really use some help. That is why I chose it,” Temple said.
“It is what it is” might be the most played-out sports cliché, but there might not be a better way to describe how the 2017-18 Kings season is unfolding. The Kings (3-10) entered Tuesday with the fourth-worst record in the NBA. Sacramento’s minus-11.1 point differential is worst in the league. “It’s tough, but it is what it is though,” Kings guard Garrett Temple said. “You just worry about when you’re on the court, try to produce, try to do what you can do, however long that is. And when you’re not, try to continue to try to teach and point out things they don’t know and be patient. Patience is a virtue, especially this season.”