You Wish Your Owner Talked Like This

– For the latest updates check out: NBA.com’s Free Agent Tracker

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – Our years of devotion to the (Hang Time) Memphis Grizzlies paid off handsomely last season in a magical run to the Western Conference semifinals.

While most of the so-called punditry were busy making fun of that unwavering allegiance to a team that had never won a playoff game, let alone a series before last spring,  we were hard at work trying to convince anyone willing to see what we saw.

Now that the Grizzlies have taken a bite out of the league, their owner (the real one, Michael Heisley, we just serve as his proxy here at the hideout on a daily basis) is setting his aim a little higher than just making noise in the playoffs.

Heisley didn’t hide his goals in an interview with Ronald Tillery of the Commercial Appeal, stating that he fully expects the Grizzlies to contend for championships in the immediate future with the one of the best young rosters in the league. You wish your owner talked like this:

Q. You recently said for the first time publicly that you’re committed to winning a championship. How close are you to winning an NBA title?

A. The players are going to determine how close we are. I can honestly tell you that I think we have a real chance over the next two or three years to win the NBA championship if we get some breaks and a couple of our players develop into their potential. We’ve got a few years where Zach (Randolph) will be playing at a high level. Rudy (Gay) is young and just beginning to come into his own. (Mike) Conley is young. We’ve got a team that’s young and they like each other. The chemistry in the locker room is good. I’m not sure what is going to happen, but I feel like we have a good, deep team. It isn’t like we have five players and then we drop off a cliff. I’m not telling you we’ll win a championship but I’m saying I won’t be surprised if we make a big run for it. That’s honest. I haven’t gone around saying that my whole career in Memphis. I feel like we have something special.

You have to remember, when the Grizzlies knocked off the San Antonio Spurs and then took the Oklahoma City Thunder to the limit in a thrilling series, they did so without Gay in uniform. Randolph, Marc Gasol, Conley and Tony Allen led the charge then, with plenty of help from a solid supporting cast that included inspired effort from O.J. Mayo.

If Lionel Hollins can harness what this team did in the playoffs and unleash it during this abbreviated season, there could be more postseason fury in store for teams facing these Grizzlies.

And while the championship talk from Heisley is probably a little early, we admire his unbridled ambition. Not every owner is willing to speak so clearly about such things.

***

8 Comments

  1. Max. W says:

    It seems like up till now the only names involved with the Knicks have been CP3, Superman, and Grant Hill. Now it seems like Tyson Chandler is going to end up in the Big Apple. Although, he’s not a superstar like Cp3 or Dwight Howard he is the key to the Knicks’ success. Let’s examine why they are the match made in heaven.

    To read more go to http://www.nbathroughmyveins.wordpress.com

  2. SP says:

    The Grizzlies were pure joy to watch last year. Any basketball fan worth his weight, outside of San Antonio, will hate San Antonio, and so it was very pleasing to watch a young, deep team absolutely batter a bunch of ‘expectant’ (not really cocky, but expectant) guys in a gruelling series. Gasol and Randolph were WAY too much weight and muscle for the Spurs relatively light front court to handle.

    Memphis took Oklahoma City to the limit and were eventually out-done by the best lanky shooter in the league in years, but not before crushing the Thunder physically every single night. Here’s to hoping that this year is just as fruitful for the big guys and their support cast. A smaller forward with a deft shooting touch would very nicely compliment this already awesome team, and if Gay, Mayo, Conley and Allen can stick around, this team can be awesome once again. Exciting stuff!

  3. AAG_SR says:

    NOWITZKI + TYSON CHANDLER + PAUL + MAVS = 2PEAT

    • Aaron-1 says:

      Not gonna happen; J-Kidd is one reason why they won the title, plus they have Jason Terry and J.J Barrea. They’re not gonna go for Chris Paul.

  4. half says:

    they were cheated in the okc series they could of done alot better maybe even make it to the finals all because of trying to make kevin durant a star let him come out on his own just how jordan was made

  5. HeatFan says:

    In my mind, the Grizzlies might have a chance at landing CP3 in a trade (obviously he wont sign an extension unless they win a title). They could trade (Mike) Conley, (O.J.) Mayo, (Tony) Allen, some cash if needed, and a few draft picks. Then New Orleans would trade (Chris) Paul, (Willie) Green, and (Jarrett) Jack or (Quincy) Pondexter. Just an idea, probably a bad one, but it would give New Orleans some good pieces to use for their rebuilding procces. The Grizzlies would receive a star and some good back-ups, even if they have to extend-and-trade Paul.

  6. leeshot says:

    Thats how you build a team thanks to Jerry West

    • Chip Crain says:

      Jerry West had his hand on one player on this roster and he didn’t play in the playoffs due to injury. I don’t believe you should give Jerry West any benefit in the building of the Grizzlies roster. That praise should go to Chris Wallace instead.