It wasn't until there were about 15 minutes remaining until Thursday's trade deadline that Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley knew he wasn't getting moved, and after processing that information, he took a nap. "I never slept [last night]," he said. "Around seven or eight this morning after checking my phone a thousand times, I didn't know. I did not know. I was prepared for either. What happens, happens. But I'm here."
Grizzlies coach David Fizdale showed he has his players' backs with his postgame rant Monday night. His team wants him to know the feeling is mutual.
The Memphis Grizzlies signed Michael Holyfield to give the Summer League grinder a shot at the roster. An already deep roster and heavy minute loads for Grizzlies big men leaves Holyfield with a significant challenge to break in with the men on Beale Street. The 6’11”, 260-pound center from Sam Houston State went undrafted in June before playing for the Grizzlies and Boston Celtics during summer league. Holyfield showed a nice ability to battle in the paint and fight for rebounds. He also demonstrated an understanding for anchoring himself in the post and taking entry passes.
The Memphis Grizzlies’ Russ Smith has generated additional commotion on social media aside from his tremendous summer league play. NBA fans love to gain insight on the pros’ lives off the court–the lifestyle that is not shown very often on sports television channels. Social media has changed this aspect tremendously.
The Hawks and Warriors are still No. 1 and No. 2, but the race for the top spot in the league has become a three-team contest thanks to the Grizzlies.