There’s a misguided sense of invincibility and arrogance that comes with being young. More often than not, young people do not know how to harness their energy and talent into something valuable or worthwhile. As they say, youth is wasted on the young.
It’s not to say that you can’t be a young team in the Association and be successful. You can and more importantly, you should be. With a majority of the team born between 1985 and 1988, the Grizzles’ core should be at that turning point when they should begin to shed those youthful layers of inexperience and play like a veteran team.
A lot of pressure will placed upon the shoulders of Rudy Gay this season to become that superstar. Gay is getting paid like a superstar and with a great paycheck, comes great responsibility. Also, will Gay’s experiences with the USA World turn him into a better player? Gay didn’t have a breakthrough like Durant, but we can all hope that Gay learned a thing or two about teamwork and stepping up and working as a team to achieve a singular goal, right?
Ditto for O.J. Mayo.
Also, Memphis, please continue to feed your Spaniard and Z-Bo. Randolph had a really great season and could potentially have another good season as long as he’s being feed the ball. The sky’s the limit with Marc Gasol; the dude is only going to get better. Although, in order to successfully feed a big, you need a solid point guard and apparently Mike Conley isn’t cutting the mustard.
In addition to re-signing Gay to a long term deal, the Grizzlies added the feisty Tony Allen, Acie Law and rookies Xavier Henry and Greivis Vasquez (We can only hope that the Grizzlies’ fan base perform their own version of Vasquez’s fabled shimmy).
What can you really say about the Grizzlies? They are a team and appear to be in shape and have had a really great pre-season, but it’s the pre season and it’s the Western Conference. Perhaps, the Grizzlies will be in the mix for the eighth seed with the improving Clippers, Rockets, Kings, and, Hornets and dare I even say, T-Wolves?
And for no reason, here’s a photo of the Grizzlies’ mascot sitting on the handle bar of Rudy Gay’s bicycle.