From Rookie of the Month in April to the unemployment line in December. My how the mighty have fallen.
TKO, as his fans called him, got the knockout punch as the Grizzlies went in search of someone who could provide a more physical presence at the small forward position. With Kinsey's low contract and fan support the move is rather shocking. Rumors of a poor relationship with the coaching staff probably were truer than originally suspected but again let me say they were only rumors and I don't know either way if they were true or not.
Marlon Morgan is reporting that the Grizzlies have another player in mind to replace Kinsey and it is possible that this player will be announced as early as tonight.
Kinsey finishes his career in Memphis averaging 6.9 ppg on 45.3 FG%, 30.2% from the arc, 1.8 rpg, 0.7 apg and 12 games started. He had career highs of 28 points twice, had 5 steals in a game against Phoenix, 7 assists against Minnesota, 8 defensive rebounds in a game once, 9 total rebounds in a game and once took 15 free throws in a game.
Kinsey was a long shot to make the team last season after fracturing his orbital socket in training camp but somehow worked his way onto the team, into the lineup and finally into a starting role in his rookie year.
Chris Vernon is reporting that the Grizzlies will sign Jeremy Richardson to fill Kinsey's roster spot. If true then this may be a good signing. Jeremy Richardson was recently named D-League Performer of the week. At 6-7 195 pounds Richardson is no banger but does provide more size than Kinsey. He has previous NBA experience with Atlanta and Portland.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Posted by Chip Crain at 2:56 PM