Monday, January 7, 2008

Links: Richardson Waived, Tell Grizz "Get Well", Kinsey Signed, Pranica Blogs, Being a Fan

In the category of "unsurprising news", Jeremy Richardson was waived today. The D-League standout did not score in three game appearances since being signed on December 20th. We wish you the best Jeremy.

Over on, they have a way to send a "Get Well" message to Grizz, the mascot for the Memphis Grizzlies known to his friends as Eric McMahon. As we reported on here last month, Eric is being treated for Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

Former Grizzlie Tarence Kinsey was signed by Turkish champion Fenerbahce Uker for the remainder of the season. Good luck TK -- we'll all be rooting for you.

Pete Pranica updated his blog today. As usual, it was quality reading material.

Chip alerted me to these next two links, which are quite clearly related. The first is from Dwight Jaynes of the Portland Tribune and is titled "Start training to be a great fan". The second is Dave from Blazer's Edge's response to it, which he titled "Ten Tenets for being a Semi-Decent Fan". Both are good, although I'd have to give the nod to Dave in terms of which is more relevant to today's NBA fan. Here's the first rule:

1. It is not always the coach's fault.
This is the Number One rule of fandom...or should be. Sometimes coaches are bad. Sometimes coaches lose their teams. But even a bad, out-of-touch coach doesn't pull his team into the huddle and say, "OK backcourt players...after we hoist a contested 23-foot shot against the buzzer why don't you guys stand around for a minute and allow the opponent to get out on a 3-on-1 fast break." Generally speaking most coaching styles and strategies can lead to success. All other things (e.g. talent) being equal if a team's players are committed to the coach, pay attention to the game plan, and execute with energy they're probably going to do well no matter what that game plan is. The #1 cause of bad coaching is lack of talent on the team. The #2 cause is lack of consistency among the talent you do have. Look really hard at those things before bringing up the coach. If a guy doesn't have flour and half of his eggs are broken he won't be making a cake today. People can come up with amazingly accurate critiques of coaching sometimes. But a whole lot of coaching criticism is cover for "I don't fully understand what's going on" or "I don't want to admit my team isn't that good".

If that doesn't sound like something most Grizzlies fans should take heed of, then I don't know what would. I'll be referring to #9 in a post later this week as well, so be sure to check it out.

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