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COLUMN: Could Ole Miss offer Hamilton/Skal package deal?

One package deal down, another to go?

The University of Memphis package deal pieces fell into place when star 2016 prospect Dedric Lawson committed to Memphis yesterday, joining dad and brother on campus. But is another local school going to follow in Memphis' footsteps?

I reported two weeks ago that I thought Ole Miss was looming as a threat in the Skal Labissiere recruitment. At the time, I was roundly mocked. But yesterday, on the Gary Parrish Show on 92.9 FM ESPN, Gary persuasively laid out the case that Ole Miss coaches have and will continue to make to Labissiere; they're building a new arena, they'll be on TV a ton with the new SEC network, and Labissiere would be the singular star on the team.

I've never said and I'm not saying now that Labissiere will end up there. I believe Memphis is Labissiere's first choice. No one has worked harder on him from the moment he set foot on U.S. soil than Josh Pastner. The Tigers' staff was four-deep at the D1 Summer Classic last weekend in Minnesota, sending the message that they are all in on the 6-11, 215-pound five-star prospect.

But what if Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy looks over at what just happened at Memphis and decides to go the same route?

It just so happens Kennedy has an extra spot on his staff. It just so happens that spot has been left open throughout the July evaluation period. Is it crazy to think that Kennedy could go to Gerald Hamilton, Labissiere's guardian, or someone else close to him in exchange for his prized recruit? I don't think so.

Hamilton brought Labissiere over to the United States several years ago through his non-profit organization, Reach Your Dream. It would make sense for him to want to stay close to Labissiere for however long he plays in college. 

No question, Hamilton doesn't have the basketball background Lawson has. The man works in IT and, as far as I know, has never coached a basketball game in his life.

Having said that, nobody truly believes that Keelon Lawson was hired for his basketball credentials. Yes, he does have an impressive high school coaching record. Yes, he was the last coach to lead an undefeated team in Memphis (Hamilton in 2006). It's certainly a bonus. But ultimately, Lawson was hired because he happens to be connected to four really awesome recruits -- his sons.

Hamilton, or anyone close to Labissiere, also happens to be connected to an awesome recruit.

Is this cynical? I guess. But don't forget; none other than the great Larry Brown offered Danny Manning's father, a truck driver, a job on the Kansas staff in order to get his son. 

There's no doubt that Ole Miss would take some grief if this happens. But why would Ole Miss care? Is that not better than being irrelevant? The Rebels don't get five-star players out of high school. They can land the occasional talented-but-embattled transfer (read: Jelan Kendrick), but this is a rare opportunity if they were to make a move on hiring someone close to Labissiere.

As for Memphis fans, they will doubtless -- if this were to happen -- cry foul. But Ole Miss fans will simply be able to look back and say, in some way, they're just following the example set by a school 80 miles up the road.

The 92.9 Line News

Tigers surprised with Miami Beach Bowl rings

Last season for the University of Memphis football team was arguably the best in the history of the program. The Tigers won 10 games for the first time in the modern era, won the American Athletic Conference, and defeated traditional power, BYU.

Final: Cavs 111, Grizz 89.

So I hope that wasn’t actually an NBA Finals Preview, because that was absolutely horrible. The Cavaliers came into Memphis and made the Grizzlies look silly, 111-89. 

King, Powell transferring from Memphis

And so the Nick King and Pookie Powell eras are over. King and Powell are both transferring from Memphis, the school announced Wednesday morning. Gary Parrish (CBS/92.9) and Jeff Goodman (ESPN) were the first to report the news. 

Rave reviews keep pouring in on Conley

Not long ago, there was a debate about Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley. Yeah, he’s good; but is he a TOP 10 point guard?  That debate doesn’t really exist anymore. 

Josh Pastner in the mix at Arizona State

Herb Sendek was fired as Arizona State basketball coach Tuesday morning, which means the Arizona State basketball job is now open. Memphis coach Josh Pastner was linked.

Memphis 10th-ranked market for NCAA Tournament

For the first time since 2009-10, the University of Memphis is not in the NCAA Tournament. As a result, I’ve wondered aloud if Memphians, as a whole, are checked out on college basketball.

A cool story turns into an unbelievable one.

When we invited Jade Rogers, a 24-year-old woman with cerebral palsy, to our studios last week, we really had no idea it would turn into this.

Final: Grizzlies 97, Blazers 86.

This was always going to be a huge weekend for the Grizzlies — two games against playoff teams in the West with a slipping grip on the 2-seed in the West. Sprinkle in the recent bad losses and chemistry questions, and it became all the more pivotal.

Durant could miss rest of the season

The threat of a fully healthy Oklahoma City team has been a league-wide terror all season long.  For the Grizzlies, it felt like: Whatever you do, avoid the fully-healthy Thunder in the first round of the playoffs. 

Brown: Kentucky would make the playoffs in the East

SMU coach Larry Brown is one of the most accomplished basketball coaches on the planet, having had success in college and the NBA. But sometimes, he says really dumb things.

Building permit pulled for Memphis football's indoor facility

It turns out the University of Memphis is spending money on its athletics program, after all (even if it comes from the private sector). A building permit for the new football indoor practice facility over on South Campus was pulled on Wednesday.

Grizzlies fall to .... Pistons

In case you missed it!!!!!! The Grizzlies lost to the God awful Detroit Pistons, 105-95. The Pistons, without Greg Monroe. The Pistons, losers of 10 straight. 

Conley out Tuesday against Pistons

With only so many games remaining until the playoffs start, these are the last precious regular-season nights where certain guys can recuperate and get healthy. 

Final: Grizzlies 92, Nuggets 81.

Remember last week, when the Grizzlies rested the Core Four and it was part-message, part-sincere rest? 

No NIT for Memphis.

 Your subtleties — they strangle me … I can’t explain myself at all … A season filled with shoddy point guard play, inconsistency, lower-than-normal talent and too many double-digit losses officially ended Sunday.

Wrapping up 2014-15 Tigers' basketball.

That does it. With yesterday’s 80-75 loss to Temple in the American Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinals, the 2014-15 University of Memphis basketball season is over. 

Picking the 2015 AAC Tournament.

So we’re now entering the best three weeks of the year: Postseason college basketball. There’s nothing quite like it in sports. 

Final: Memphis 54, UConn 53.

TRAY-SAHN. It’s pronounced TRAY-SAHN. On Senior Night in Storrs, the University of Memphis — down its best player in Austin Nichols — ruined everything. 

Report: Marc Gasol has already ruled out the Knicks

As we enjoy what’s been the greatest Grizzlies season ever, there’s been a small, nagging, persistent reminder every now and then that the team is operating in a window. 

Final: Grizzlies 102, Rockets 100.

Bit of a late night post here, but you kids don't have school tomorrow, anyway. 

Media #BattleBallz bracket is out.

Eight balls. Eight players. Seven games. One tournament. One month. One champion. There is no tournament in sport like the Media Madness #BattleBallz tournament the Grizzlies are putting on this month.

Media #BattleBallz bracket is out.

Eight balls. Eight players. Seven games. One tournament. One month. One champion. There is no tournament in sport like the Media Madness #BattleBallz tournament the Grizzlies are putting on this month.

Final: Jazz 93, Grizzlies 82.

Hey! The Grizzlies finally remembered how to jump out to a first quarter lead! The problem? They didn’t win the final three.

Grizzlies 9/1 favorites to win NBA title

As it stands Tuesday, the Grizzlies are 42-16 — good for second in the Western Conference. That’s pretty impressive.  And though there have been a couple baffling losses along the way, the Grizzlies are getting some love from Vegas. 

MRI for Nichols reveals sprain, bone bruise

When Mark Nichols told 92.9 FM ESPN Saturday night that the injury Austin Nichols, his son, suffered against Tulsa Saturday appeared to be worse than the last one, he was right.

Final: SMU 66, Memphis 57.

Thursday night was a unique opportunity for the University of Memphis. The Tigers had the eyes of Memphis on them, given the Grizzlies weren’t in action, and they were playing a Top 25 opponent at home.

Memphis really wants you in FedExForum this week.

Remember last week when Memphis gave away a few hundred tickets just before the game against reigning national champion?  Remember the response that elicited? Let me jog your memory.  

Memphis honoring '84-85 team this weekend

Here’s a cool thing for your Wednesday afternoon: The University of Memphis will honor the 1984-85 Final Four team this weekend during halftime of the Tulsa game.

All-Star Grizz analysis.

With last night’s blowout at Oklahoma City, the Memphis Grizzlies are entering the All-Star break with a record of 39-14. Let’s pause and reflect on just how awesome that is, especially given how competitive and great the Western Conference is

Tony Allen joins the Chris Vernon Show.

There’s nothing quite like Tony Allen on the court. But he’s pretty good on the radio, too. The Grindfather joined the Chris Vernon Show on 92.9 FM ESPN Monday morning.

Marc Gasol: Man of the people.

Marc Gasol: Big Spain, All-Star, philanthropist. A man who looks at the big picture. For Gasol, the lone All-Star on this 38-win Grizzlies team, that big picture consisted of lots of little ones on Monday afternoon.

Final: Temple 61, Tigers 60.

There are losses — Memphis has taken more than it cares to count this season — and then there are losses like Saturday afternoon. The Tigers, after leading by as many as 16, lost on a baseline bank shot by Josh Brown, 61-60. 

Tony Allen on Tony Allen.

Tony Allen unfiltered on Tony Allen is one of my favorite sports things.  There’s a terrific piece over at Bleacher Report by Jared Zwerling that you should read. 

Signing Day 2015: Memphis done good.

So Signing Day 2015 has come and gone. Drew Richmond, the five-star offensive lineman from MUS, finally signed with Tennessee after denying he had sent anything to any school.

Z-Bo named Player of the Week

In the offseason, before Zach Randolph signed a new contract with the Grizzlies, he promised us one thing amidst a collection of questions about his age: He never relied on athleticism. Gravity never bothered him. His game, he said, is timeless. 

Final: Grizzlies 85, Thunder 74.

When the Grizzlies announced they’d be holding a “Wrestling Night” on Jan. 31 — this night, as it were — it filled me with joy, for a number of reasons. The Grizzlies in-game promotions staff gets it. 

Grizzlies throw Marc Gasol a surprise birthday party

Beyond the winning and quirkiness and their legitimate status as NBA Finals contenders, one of the coolest things about this Grizzlies team is simple enough: They all like each other. That seems obvious, right?

Final: Grizzlies 99, Nuggets 69.

Billed as the big rematch — Round II of Marc Gasol-Jusuf Nurkic — this was a first-round TKO. The Grizzlies got their revenge from a month ago and smothered the Nuggets, 99-69, Thursday night at FedExForum.

Lawson named a McDonald's All-American

It’s been a hard season for most Memphis fans. But there’s hope. Dedric Lawson, a Class of 2015 signee, was named to the McDonald’s All-American East team on Wednesday.

Details emerging from Stokes-Lucas dustup

In case you hadn’t heard, Jarnell Stokes and Kalin Lucas got into a fight in the timeout huddle on Tuesday during their game with the Iowa Energy. 

Final: Grizzlies 103, Magic 94.

Being that it was a Monday night against a pretty bad (though talented enough) team, the game went about how you’d expect. There was a fleeting moment where it felt the Grizzlies weren’t taking the Magic seriously enough. 

Ole Miss transfer Dodson enrolled at Memphis

Mark Dodson, the former four-star running back who transferred from Ole Miss at the end of this season, has enrolled at Memphis, his high school coach Rodney Saulsberry told 92.9 FM ESPN Wednesday. 

Grizzlies reportedly adding Tyrus Thomas

Tyrus Thomas, the former fourth-overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, is signing a 10-day contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, Yahoo! and several other outlets reported this afternoon. 

12 Memphis players face suspension for BYU brawl

Remember that big brawl that took place on the field after Memphis beat BYU in double overtime? Up to 12 players on the Memphis football team face suspensions as a result, according to Tigers’ athletic director Tom Bowen on Tuesday afternoon.

Final: Mavericks 103, Grizzlies 95.

The Grizzlies lost to the Mavericks, 105-93, during their annual MLK Day game at FedExForum on Monday.  B Ellis had 25 points, Dirk Nowitzki scored 21, and Chandler Parsons chipped in with 15.

Final: Grizzlies 102, Blazers 98

There was a stretch during Saturday’s game against the Trailblazers where it felt like the Grizzlies were legitimately Finals-bound.

Kuran Iverson transferring

In the least surprising development of the month, embattled sophomore forward Kuran Iverson is transferring from the University of Memphis upon the conclusion of the spring semester, the school announced Friday.

Final: Memphis 63, Cincinnati 50.

The University of Memphis got its best win of the season against Cincinnati Thursday night, 63-50. The Bearcats entered the game with a Top 40 RPI and were ranked No. 35 in KenPom’s ratings. 

Newest Memphis football fan? Siri!

Memphis football had the type of season that should translate into more season-ticket holders and, therefore, more people in the stands during home games. Especially with Ole Miss on the home schedule. 

Bill Simmons has Grizzlies in NBA Finals

Bill Simmons, who runs Grantland and is among the most visible talking heads at ESPN, joined the Chris Vernon Show on 92.9 FM ESPN on Tuesday afternoon. The topic? Jeff Green, of course. Here are some of the highlights of the interview.

No debate: This was Memphis football's best season ever

For the first time in the history of the school, the Memphis football team finished in the final Top 25 of both the coaches and AP polls. That is unprecedented. Those developments make it official: The 2014 season was the best Memphis football season ever.

Mixed bag when it comes to Grizz acquisition of Green

Now that one of the weirder weekends in Grizzlies history has come and gone, the trade is finally official: Jeff Green and Russ Smith are in. Tayshaun Prince, Quincy Pondexter, and a future first- and second-rounder are out. 

Final/2OT: Grizzlies 122, Suns 110.

Only the Grizzlies could turn a pedestrian January afternoon into a double-overtime thriller of a night, chockfull of no-calls and wrong calls and unflattering chants directed at the presiding officials.

Grizzlies weigh in on trade speculation

Though it sounds as if Jeff Green winding up in Memphis is imminent, it's not yet done. Which means that Quincy Pondexter and Tayshaun Prince are still members of the Memphis Grizzlies. Which means they were practicing on Saturday afternoon. 

Report: Green-to-Grizz talks picking up

It’s not exactly a secret that the Grizzlies are in search of a scoring lift on the perimeter; Dave Joeger said as much after the loss to the Hawks.  

Final: Grizzlies 105, Knicks 83.

You may have heard — just before tip of Grizzlies-Knicks, news broke of a three-way deal involving the Knicks, Cavaliers, and Thunder.

Ole Miss RB Dodson transferring; Memphis in the picture

Ole Miss running back Mark Dodson, a native of Memphis, is transferring out of Oxford, the school announced today. I’ve been told Memphis is a strong possibility.

Computer Love: Five best exchanges on Twitter between NBA players and women.

Later this week, the Memphis Grizzlies will play Atlanta in Philips Arena on what the Hawks are promoting as “Swipe Right Night.” 

Computer Love: Five best NBA player Twitter exchanges with women.

Later this week, the Memphis Grizzlies will play Atlanta in Philips Arena on what the Hawks are promoting as “Swipe Right Night.”

Memphis 73, Houston 54.

So after aaallllll that — after blowout losses to Wichita State, Baylor, and Oklahoma State and a home loss to Stephen F. Austin, the University of Memphis is closing out 2014 with a 8-4 record.

Texas A&M wins the Liberty Bowl.

There was very little the 2014 edition of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl didn’t have. Everything that makes college football and bowl games great, we had here.

Texas A&M wins the Liberty Bowl.

There was very little the 2014 edition of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl didn’t have. Everything that makes college football and bowl games great, we had here.

Bowlsby: Big 12 happy at 10

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby is in Memphis today for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl; at halftime, he addressed Big 12 expansion rumors and other topics of interest. 

Memphis 55, BYU 48. 2OT.

The 2014 Memphis Tigers football team: American Athletic Conference and Miami Beach Bowl champions.  Let that sink in.  

Final: Grizzlies 105, Warriors 98.

NO DANCING (BY OPPOSING TEAMS) IN THE GRINDHOUSE. The Memphis Grizzlies, on national television, turned back the Golden State Warriors, 105-98. 

Oklahoma State 73, Memphis 55.

The University of Memphis was drilled 73-55 by Oklahoma State Saturday afternoon at FedExForum, and about the only good news is that the game got out early enough to allow for a good six-plus hours of binge drinking on Beale.

Grizzlies win, 113-107, against Hornets.

That was wacky.  The Grizzlies overcame the pesky Charlotte Hornets, 113-107, in a game that deserved to go no longer than the league-regulated 48 minutes but instead went an extra 10. 

Breaking: Memphis loves college football.

ESPN put out a fascinating press release this morning, illustrating just which markets watched its college football broadcasts the most. 

Nashville radio host: Memphis to the Big 12

And the realignment rumors keep spinning.  According to a radio host in Nashville on 102.5 the game, the Big 12 — which does not currently have a championship game — is going to add two more teams in the offseason and, according to his

Stephen F. Austin beats Memphis.

It is one thing to hear that this will be a down year for Memphis basketball; one thing to hear that the guards are young, that it will take time, that the ship will ultimately be righted. 

No more Battle for the Bones.

UAB is shutting down its football program after this season, school president Ray Watts announced in a letter today.

Joerger named Coach of the Month

So Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger might be good. He was named the Western Conference Coach of the Month for October/November earlier today, his third such honor. He's only been coaching for seven full months. 

Fuente addresses future

Memphis coach Justin Fuente accomplished something this weekend that hasn’t been done in 43 years: He led the Tigers to a conference championship. When you go 9-3 and win conference titles at Memphis, people notice. People are noticing.

Memphis wins the AAC.

Well, it happened. Memphis claimed at least a share of the American Athletic Conference championship with a beatdown of UConn, 41-10. Tonight, however, they are the sole owners of that trophy.

AAC trophy will be in Memphis this weekend

So I was rummaging through the ol’ Twitter timeline this morning when I came across this tweet.   Look what has arrived in the office... This is heading to Memphis where the Tigers will play for it Saturday pic.twitter.com/96tY8gDcwL —

Memphis 77, PVAMU 49

Memphis beat Prairie View A&M, 77-49, in a game that, thankfully, featured very little drama. The Tigers took care of an inferior, undermanned Panthers team, and there’s not much more to add, really. 

The Tigers are going bowling. But -- where?

The Memphis Tigers are a win away from clinching (at least a share of) their first conference championship since 1971. This is almost unprecedented at Memphis, a program that was in shambles a short four seasons ago.

Grizzlies 107, Clippers 91

GRIZZLIES 107, CLIPPERS 91 “Basketball is a really simple sport. We tend sometimes to make it really hard.” - Marc Gasol, center, Memphis Grizzlies. Nov. 23, 2014. The Clippers were not ready for the fight — wanted no part of it,

The Tigers win.

Memphis kept its American Athletic Conference title hopes alive Saturday night at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium with a 31-20 win.

Tony Allen bath robe going on sale?

We first introduced you to the Tony Allen bathrobe last week, when the Grizzlies pulled off one of the most improbable comebacks in NBA history with a 111-110 win against the Kings. 

Five Grizzlies fall ill

  There was once a movie called Space Jam. It starred Michael Jordan, and because it featured the Looney Toons and little animated midget monsters who stole the powers of popular NBA players, you thought it was fictional. 

Wichita State 71, Memphis 56.

Turnovers = 24. Assists = 4. Steals = 0. Score = 71-56. Memphis kicked off the season with a 15-point loss to Wichita State in South Dakota that could’ve been worse had Wichita State not pulled its starters with around four minutes left.

Memphis 4.5-point underdogs to Wichita State

So the earliest lines I’ve seen on the Memphis and Wichita State game are between  -4.5 and -5.5 in favor of Wichita State. ‘Only 4.5 points, you say? BUT MEMPHIS IS THE WORST COLLEGE BASKETBALL TEAM EVER ASSEMBLED!

VIDEO: Jubilation at FedExForum. Grizz win.

"The basket," the officials said, "is good." The Grizzlies win.  

The Grizzlies win.

So how do you encapsulate a game in which the Grizzlies completed their largest comeback in franchise history with a Courtney Lee tip-in with .3 seconds remaining?  

CBU 74, Memphis 70. Yep.

DISCLAIMER: The following column has been rated 'NR-17' and requires an accompanying parent or adult guardian for strong graphic violence on the FedExForum rims.  

Launch: Tigers Tonight

Can’t get enough Memphis Tigers basketball? Perfect — because 92.9 FM ESPN and its sister station, ESPN 790 AM, are launching a Tiger basketball pre-game show beginning tomorrow night.

Preview: Lakers-Grizzlies

Grizzlies-Lakers tonight, in what we’re calling the alternate universe game. 

More bowl projections!

Well, it’s no longer a matter of if: The Memphis Tigers are going bowling. But where? 

Monday Morning Martin: 11/10/14

You’re busy on the weekends. Chances are, you have neither the time nor the inclination to be plugged in outside of business hours. 

Stokes, Adams being assigned to D-League

Jordan Adams and Jarnell Stokes, the Grizzlies’ two draft picks this year, are being re-assigned to the D-League’s Iowa Energy on Saturday morning so that they can play in the Energy’s game Saturday night at FedExForum.

ESPN likes the Tigers

There’s no question that, by recent University of Memphis standards, the expectations for this year’s team are lower.

Grizzlies roar back, beat Suns

5-0 The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Phoenix Suns, 102-91, Wednesday night. They share, with the Rockets, the best record in the National Basketball Association.

Labissiere won't play Thursday

He’s playing, then he’s not playing, then he’s playing, then he’s not playing. He’s not playing, but he’s appealing to play, and then he’s not playing. Then he’s playing.  Now he’s not playing.

Mississippi State atop CFB rankings; Ole Miss falls

The second set of the College Football Playoff rankings were released Tuesday — there weren’t any surprises. Mississippi State held the top spot, followed by Florida State, Auburn, and Oregon, a first-time entrant into the top four. Auburn

Grizzlies sign PG Lucas

The Grizzlies have signed point guard Kalin Lucas to their active roster, the club announced Tuesday. Lucas played on the Grizzlies’ summer league team and was on the training camp roster, as well. 

Bowl projections for Memphis

As we inch closer and closer to the end of the season, it’s probably worth your while to keep an eye on bowl projections. Memphis is 5-3 and, barring a catastrophic collapse, will clinch a bowl berth this season for the first time since 2008. 

Monday Morning Martin: 11/3/14

You're busy on the weekends. Chances are, you have neither the time nor the inclination to be plugged in outside of business hours. 

Reaction: Tigers 40, Tulsa 20

On a chilly Halloween night, the University of r improved to two games over .500 for the first time since 2007 with a 40-20 win against Tulsa. The Tigers are now one game from bowl eligibility.

Grizzlies win, 105-101, against T'Wolves

So the Grizzlies got their first season-opening win in franchise history Wednesday night in a 105-101 win against the Timberwolves. 

Mike Conley shmoney dance? Mike Conley shmoney dance

Mike Conley is a Grizzlies fan favorite, a quiet-but-solid point guard who has budded into one of the more reliable players on the team. The schmoney dance is a jig popularized by Bobby Shmurda’s hit, “Hot *****.” 

Memphis picked 3rd in preseason AAC poll

The American Athletic Conference is holding its annual preseason Media Day today in New York; Josh Pastner, Shaq Goodwin, and Austin Nichols left yesterday as Memphis’ representatives. In advance of today’s proceedings, the conference relea

First CFB Playoff Rankings Released

The first ever College Football Playoff Rankings were released Tuesday, and the SEC was heavily represented. =

Labissiere will play, apparently

Top-rated big man Skal Labissiere, ruled ineligible by the TSSAA this season due to his transfer from ECS to Lausanne, will play basketball this season. For a place called Reach Your Dream Prep. 

So, who gets the credit for Tarik Black? Simple: Tarik Black

The Houston Rockets made final cuts last night, trimming their roster to the NBA maximum 15. Tarik Black, who signed a partially-guaranteed contract with the team this summer, was not one of the cuts.

Monday Morning Martin: 10/27/14

Monday Morning Martin You’re busy on the weekends. Chances are, you have neither the time nor the inclination to be plugged in outside of business hours.

92.9 partners with Liberty Bowl

 Entercom Memphis Friday announced  92.9 FM ESPN (680AM) will be the broadcast home and media partner for the 2014 AutoZone Liberty Bowl , December 29, 2014 in Memphis, TN. 

Gasol ranked 14th overall by ESPN

The folks over at ESPN.com and the True Hoop Network have been counting down every single NBA player starting from 500. 

Tony Allen voted as toughest player in NBA

One of my favorite features of the NBA preseason is the annual GM survey that NBA.com puts together. It’s fascinating for a variety of reasons, one being that executives are nameless and totally left to their own agendas and grudges.

Tigers F Nichols injures shoulder

University of Memphis sophomore forward Austin Nichols sustained a shoulder injury in practice this week and saw a doctor Tuesday afternoon, multiple sources confirmed to 92.9.

Joerger: Lee and Allen will start opening night

Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger joined The Geoff Calkins Show Tuesday morning in advance of the Grizzlies’ preseason game against the Cavaliers tomorrow night. And he laid it all out on the table.

2016 guard Broddie commits to Tigers

Randall Broddie, a 6-3 guard from Oxon Hill, Md., has committed to Memphis, a source said Monday afternoon. Broddie, ranked a four-star guard by scout.com, was one of over a dozen recruits in attendance this weekend for Memphis Madness. 


The Tigers' No. 1 target in 2015 is Skal Labissiere. Perhaps you've heard of him. The 6-11 Haitian native is done taking visits, finally, and he's going to announce his college decision soon. It's been a long, strange, windy recr

VIDEO: Rick Ross at Memphis Madness

Rick Ross, the massively successful rapper from Miami, shut down Memphis Madness last night. He performed for thirty minutes exactly -- songs like "Stay Schemin'," "Pop That," and his latest hit, "Elvis Presley Blvd."

Some thoughts on Memphis Madness.

So Memphis Madness has come and gone. Rick Ross performed some hits and there were dozens of recruits in the house to see it. A few thoughts/observations: Let’s get this out of the way — there will be some who are offended by Ross’ ly

Two radio hosts fight.

Yesterday in Arizona, two sports radio hosts nearly came to blows live on the air about, of all things, the brand of the Oakland Raiders. 

Memphis pulls in 25 votes in first basketball coaches poll

The first coaches poll of the college basketball season is out. The Tigers are not ranked in it. But they’re in the “others receiving votes” category; they got 25 votes, which is good for 31st overall. 

Roll Call: Memphis Madness visitors

Memphis coach Josh Pastner has said repeatedly over the last two weeks that significant 2015, 2016, and 2017 recruits will be in attendance at this Saturday’s Memphis Madness; he wasn’t lying. 

Jackson waived by Suns

Former University of Memphis guard Joe Jackson, who joined the Phoenix Suns on Sept. 26 on a free agent deal, was waived by the team earlier today. 

Roundup: 2014 Memphis Media Day

Memphis basketball held its Media Day Monday afternoon. For the first time in four years, there was no Joe Jackson, no Chris Crawford — it took a little getting used to. 

VIDEO: Austin Nichols at Media Day

Plain and simple: If Austin Nichols doesn't produce in a big way for the Tigers this season, they will struggle to make the tournament. That's the reality.

VIDEO: Shaq Goodwin at Media Day

Believe it or not, Shaq Goodwin is the only original upperclassman on the Tigers 2014-15 roster. (Original meaning he's been with the program since his freshman year.) 

VIDEO: Kedren Johnson at Media Day

Kedren Johnson is the most intriguing player on the Tigers' roster this season. If he can get in good shape, he raises the ceiling for a Memphis team that likely won't be ranked in the preseason Top 25.  

VIDEO: Trahson Burrell at Media Day

When Trahson Burrell committed to Memphis last year, his junior college coach compared him to Will Barton. They're both wiry, skilled wings who score in bunches. 

VIDEO: Nick King at Media Day

There's been much offseason back-and-forth about Nick King. Is he a small forward? Is he a power forward? Can he guard the SF spot? 

The Liberty Bowl should be packed tomorrow.

So I’ve heard this dumb way of thinking around town this week.

Michael Beasley leaves Grizzlies

If you were one of those who were hopeful to see Michael Beasley make the Grizzlies opening day roster, consider your baseless and stupid dreams crushed.

VIDEO: Kedren Johnson speaks

We haven't heard much at all from Kedren Johnson since the point guard transferred to Memphis in the summer. The 6-4 point guard went through his first official practice with the Tigers Wednesday and spoke with us afterward.    

Preseason Preview: Memphis Tigers

Today is a significant day in our city’s history because today, the Tigers hold their first official basketball practice and the Grizzlies are playing their first preseason basketball game. The 2014-15 basketball season is upon us.

I'm proud of my dad.

I want to write about my dad. In my life, the one thing I have wanted more than anything else is a healthy relationship with my father. 

Vandy transfer Johnson eligible immediately

Vanderbilt transfer point guard Kedren Johnson was granted a waiver request and is eligible immediately to play for the Tigers, Memphis coach Josh Pastner said Monday. Johnson was suspended last year. In 2012-13, Johnson averaged 13.5 points and 3

Fuente: Goal is to compete for conference titles

Times have changed at the University of Memphis. The Tigers kicked off American Athletic Conference play with a 41-14 drubbing of preseason favorite Cincinnati in Cincinnati last weekend.

Upon Further Review: What a weekend

It was billed as one of the best weekends ever in college football (mostly because of the SEC slate, albeit). 

Katy Perry guest-picking on Gameday

ESPN Gameday is in Oxford for the first time ever this weekend. We will hear about Archie and Olivia and The Grove and Sperrys until our ears bleed.  

Labissiere will attend Memphis Madness

Last month, five-star forward Skal Labissiere set his official visit dates. The NCAA allows you five such visits.  

Pastner: Cunningham eligible Dec. 12

D’Marnier Cunningham, a late addition to the Memphis Tigers 2014-15 team, will be eligible starting Dec. 12, coach Josh Pastner said Thursday night.

Rick Ross performing at Memphis Madness

UGH UGH UGH Rick Ross. Memphis Madness. October 18. Tickets are $5. 

Former Georgia DB on transfer to Memphis: "Maybe"

Sheldon Dawson, a junior safety at Georgia and Ridgeway product, is no longer a member of the Bulldogs — and a transfer home could be on the table.

RECAP: Grizzlies Media Day 2014

The Grizzlies season ended four months ago, in a bitter loss to Oklahoma City in Game 7 of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. It seems so fresh, Mike Miller starting at the four-spot in place of a suspended Zach Randolph.

VIDEO: Vince Carter at Media Day

Believe it, Grizzlies fans. Vince Carter is really a Memphis Grizzly. 

VIDEO: Mike Conley at Media Day

It's crazy to believe, but this season will be Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley's eighth in the NBA. I now officially feel old. But Conley doesn't. 

VIDEO: Beno Udrih at Media Day

Beno Udrih is going to be much more than an entertaining Twitter account this season (though, I should say, he wants more followers). The Slovenian re-signed with the Grizzlies in the offseason for the bi-annual exception of $2.1 million.

VIDEO: Tony Allen at Media Day

There may be no more consistently entertaining in the NBA than Tony Allen. Never one to mince words, the Grizzlies zany guard spoke to reporters Monday. 

VIDEO: Zach Randolph at Media Day

Everybody loves Grizzlies big man Zach Randolph. Randolph, who's showing no signs of slowing down, averaged 17 and 10 last season and signed a three-year extension in the offseason with the team. 

VIDEO: Quincy Pondexter at Media Day

Grizzlies swingman Quincy Pondexter missed 74 games (including the Thunder playoff series) last year with a stress fracture in his right foot. 

Ole Miss 24, Memphis 3: A Few Words

I’m back home in Memphis after watching Ole Miss take care of Memphis, 24-3, Saturday night in Memphis. I marinated on some things overnight. 

Wonder what Memphis' indoor practice facility will look like? We now know

College football today can be boiled down to an arms race; schools across the country compete to not only field the best teams, but to build the best, newest, shiniest facilities. 

Memphis LB Dillon dealing with family situation, status Saturday unknown

Memphis may be without one of its most promising defensive prospects this weekend. Sophomore DAWG/linebacker Jackson Dillon is currently dealing with a family situation that leaves his status against No. 11 Ole Miss in doubt.

Liberty Bowl flasher is a male, after all

The debate raged across the city. Was the person who lifted their shirt and revealed their naked breast Saturday at the Liberty Bowl as the camera panned to their section a woman? Or a man?

Memphis sold out of tickets for Ole Miss game

The Memphis athletic department has sold its allotment of tickets — approximately 2,500 — for the Tigers’ game against Ole Miss this Saturday, deputy athletic director Wren Baker said.  

USA Today ranks Memphis 33rd in preseason countdown

I know, I know. We’re in the thick of football season and, for the first time in a long time, Memphis actually has a solid team. It’s a nice change of pace around these parts. 

Grizzlies sign Beasley to training camp deal

Michael Beasley, the much maligned and supremely talented forward out of Kansas State, has signed a non-guaranteed training camp deal with the Grizzlies, Yahoo! reported Tuesday night. 

Pastner upgrades to iPhone, joins rest of us

We have significant late breaking news regarding the University of Memphis basketball program.

Freeze complimentary of Memphis program

It’s Ole Miss week here in Memphis. The Tigers, coming off a 36-17 win against MTSU last Saturday, will head 80 miles south to Oxford and take on the No. 11-ranked Ole Miss Rebels. 

Wonder no more, Memphis football fans

If you wondered whether Memphis was a legitimately improved team — if they were really a candidate to make a bowl game this year — wonder no more. If you wondered whether the city of Memphis was inclined to support the Memphis football prog

Introducing the 2014-15 Tigers

Memphis really will have a new-look team next season. We were starkly reminded of that fact today, when the athletic department tweeted out a 2014-15 team photo. 

Martin: Get your butt to the Liberty Bowl tomorrow

I am about to give you the hottest take of all time. Don’t stand too close to the flames. Here goes: There is no excuse for you, outside of an emergency, not to be at the Memphis-MTSU football game tomorrow at 6 p.m.

Grizzlies ranked fourth in ESPN's Ultimate Standings

It’s lonely at the top. Last year, the Memphis Grizzlies surprised everyone by coming in at No. 1 in ESPN The Magazine’s “Ultimate Standings.” When we found out why, well, it wasn’t really that surprising. 

Grizzlies introduce newest fitness initiative

Memphis is fat. You know it. I know it. Forbes knows it. I don’t mean overweight, as in we’d all like to shed 10 or 15 vanity pounds. We are dangerously fat. Life-threateningly fat. More than a third of residents in Memphis are obese. 

Tony Allen requests your presence at MTSU game

Tony Allen is, among many things, the Grindfather. He has, in his short time in this city, become synonymous with Memphis and the hard-working folks within it. He is one of us. And, dammit, he expects you guys at the Memphis football game.

Grizzlies add Lucas

Aaand the Memphis Grizzlies’ training camp roster continues to fill out. Kalin Lucas, who played with the Grizzlies in the Orlando Summer League this summer, has agreed to a free-agent contract, his agent told Sportando.

Monday Morning Martin: 9/15/14

You’re busy on the weekends. Chances are, you have neither the time nor the inclination to be plugged in outside of business hours. So, each and every Monday, I’ll wrangle the biggest (or most interesting) local stories from the weekend.

Labissiere's hardship application denied

In a development that surprises absolutely no one, the TSSAA has denied five-star prospect Skal Labissiere’s hardship waiver application, The Commercial Appeal reported Friday afternoon.

Dedric Lawson reclassifies to 2015. What's it mean?

Memphis is getting a five-star prospect a year earlier than anticipated. 

Southern transfer Godfrey eligible for Tigers

Calvin Godfrey, the 6-8 power forward transfer from Southern, has obtained a waiver from the NCAA and will be eligible for the Tigers this season, Memphis coach Josh Pastner said Thursday morning.

Memphis basketball ranked 23rd in ESPN's Future Power Rankings

Ever wonder just how good of hands the University of Memphis basketball program is in under coach Josh Pastner? 

Marc Gasol and Spain knocked out in World Cup quarters

In a pretty epic upset, France just sent home Spain in the quarterfinals of the World Cup with a 65-52 win.

Memphis football projected to win the AAC, according to ESPN

Memphis football is going to win the American Athletic Conference. At least, that’s what ESPN’s Football Power Index suggests. 

Fuente glad fans are seeing progress

Justin Fuente approached the media contingent outside the football offices Monday and took inventory. “Dang,” he said as TV reports strapped lapel microphones to his collar. “What happened?"

Former Tiger Joe Jackson reportedly finalizing deal with Suns

Former Memphis guard Joe Jackson, who went undrafted in this year’s NBA Draft, is finalizing a free-agent deal with the Phoenix Suns, Shams Charania of RealGM.com reported Monday afternoon. 

Tigers have close brush with history, lose to No. 11 UCLA, 42-35

The Memphis football team went down, 42-35, to No. 11-ranked UCLA last night.  The final result was a loss. But I think it comes with a positive lingering effect; Memphis football became respectable again last night. 

The Dallas Cowboys are the most "Liked" NFL team in Memphis

Interactive sports maps are the newest Internet sensation. There’s the “most hated college team” state-by-state map, there’s the “most loved college team” state-by-state map, and on and on and on.  

CFB Picks: Week Two

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PICKS TIME! Last week, I gave you my picks for the week in our 92.9 pick ’em challenge. If you’re not participating, you are dumb and should wise up quickly by going here and signing up.

Tigers' Burrell fully eligible

Trahson Burrell, the incoming skilled 6-7 wing from Lee College, has been fully cleared academically, meaning he’ll be eligible for the University of Memphis this season. 

Odds of Marc Gasol leaving Memphis are 20-1, according to Bill Simmons

Over the next few months, you’re going to read plenty of reports linking Grizzlies big man Marc Gasol to the New York Knicks and detailing why it would make sense for Gasol to leave for the Big Apple.

GQ: Calipari 16th-biggest sleazebag in sports

Former University of Memphis and current Kentucky coach John Calipari is the 16th-biggest sleazebag in all of sports, according to this month’s issue Gentleman’s Quarterly.

USA Today names Memphis most underrated sports town

My all-time favorite civic sports memory is May 11, 2013. It was Game 3 of the Thunder-Grizzlies Western Conference semifinals, and the series was tied at 1.

Grizzlies reportedly pursuing Austrian swingman Ingles

The Grizzlies are among the teams pursuing Australian forward Joe Ingles, ESPN’s Marc Stein reported this afternoon. 

Tigers receive vote in USA Today coaches poll

Fresh off a 63-0 whacking of Austin Peay, the University of Memphis received a single vote in the USA Today Coaches Poll, which was released this morning. Yes, the Tigers are in the “others receiving votes” category.

Grizzlies say goodbye to Franklin

The Grizzlies have waived 2013 second-round pick Jamaal Franklin using the stretch provision, The Commercial Appeal reported Sunday afternoon.

Griz waived second-year guard Jamaal Franklin today using stretch provision, per source. CA story coming...
— Ronald Tillery (@CAGrizBeat) August 31, 2014

That means the Grizzlies can spread out what Franklin was owed —

Memphis beats down Austin Peay, 63-0

That. Really. Happened.  Memphis beat down Austin Peay, 63-0, on a rainy night in Memphis. 

Predicting the Tigers' AAC basketball schedule

We now have in our hands the full Memphis Tigers basketball schedule, because the American Athletic Conference released Thursday its full schedule, complete with times and TV details.

Week One College Football Picks

I like picking games. You like picking games. We like picking games. Why not do it for a chance to win prizes?

VIDEO: Marshall picks Memphis

Yesterday, Memphis got a commitment from a 2015 or 2016 (we’re not really sure yet) recruit named Nick Marshall. He’s 6-11, runs the floor well, and gives Memphis coach Josh Pastner the rim protector he’s been looking for. 

Lexington center Marshall picks Memphis

Nick Marshall, a 6-11 center from Lexington (TN), committed to Memphis Tuesday afternoon. Marshall chose the Tigers over South Carolina, Auburn, Mississippi State, Indiana, and Tennessee. 

Fuente: "Marketing's motto was 'Wait 'til this year'"

It's game week over at the University of Memphis. Here's what Justin Fuente had to say.

Memphis basketball likely to start home-and-home with Oklahoma

Memphis deputy athletic director Wren Baker was on the show with us Friday morning for a few reasons, chief among them to deliver me my rightful pair of football season tickets I never received last season as a recent alum. 

Predicting the Tigers' non-conference basketball schedule

The University of Memphis released its 2014-15 non-conference schedule Thursday afternoon.  Let’s get to the match-ups.

Pastner talks Kedren Johnson, Dom Woodson, Canada

It's been a newsy week at the University of Memphis with the addition of Kedren Johnson, the transfer of Dominic Woodson to Tennessee, and the team returning from a 2-2 trip in Canada.

Labissiere could be home-schooled this year

There’s a new wrinkle in the Skal Labissiere transfer saga: His guardian, Gerald Hamilton, has explored home-schooling the five-star senior, according to sources.

Kedren Johnson commits to Memphis

Vanderbilt transfer point guard Kedren Johnson, who was suspended all of last season, announced on his Instagram Wednesday morning that he is headed to the University of Memphis. 

Stokes inks with Grizzlies

The miniature controversy -- if you could even call it that -- is over. 

Monday Morning Martin: 8/18/14

You’re busy on the weekends. Chances are, you have neither the time nor the inclination to be plugged in outside of business hours. 

Johnson looking for strong music program

Kedren Johnson is a 6-4, 215-pound point guard who was most recently at Vanderbilt. A native of Lewisburg, Tenn., Johnson was suspended last season for disciplinary reasons.  In 2012, Johnson was the Commodores’ leading scorer at 13.5 points

Woodson to transfer; Southwest a possible destination

Sophomore big man Dominic Woodson is transferring from the University of Memphis, according to CBSSports.com and 92.9 FM ESPN’s Gary Parrish.  But a source tells The 92.9 Line that Woodson may not necessarily leave the city. A transfer to

Labissiere's transfer plans being held up

Skal Labissiere’s plans to transfer to Lausanne are being held up by challenges from ECS, his most recent high school, according to sources.

Josh Pastner: 'We need competition'

The University of Memphis basketball team held a press conference Wednesday afternoon in advance of its exhibition tour in Canada. 

Grizzlies release 2014-15 schedule

The Grizzlies Wednesday released their 2014-15 regular season schedule. If you want the full schedule, go here. I'll give you some of the highlights.

Labissiere not expected back at ECS; Lausanne potential landing spot

Skal Labissiere, the top prospect in Memphis in the Class of 2015, will likely have a new high school home this season.

Marshall visiting Memphis

Senior Lexington (TN) center Nick Marshall is unofficially visiting the University of Memphis today for one of its final practices before the team heads to Canada, Team Thad coach Norton Hurd told 92.9 FM ESPN.

Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy speaks out about potential Labissiere package deal

In July, we told you about the possibility of Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy potentially hiring Gerald Hamilton, the guardian of five-star big man Skal Labissiere, in order to secure the Haitian's services. Despite Hamilton's lack

Tigers add power forward Godfrey

The University of Memphis added a big piece to its 2014-15 roster Thursday afternoon. Calvin Godfrey, a 6-9, 210-pound power forward who spent last season at Southern, will transfer to Memphis and be eligible immediately under the APR waiver.

2014 prospect Kasongo visiting Memphis, after all

Ray Kasongo, a 2014 power forward originally from Toronto, plans to visit the University of Memphis Tuesday before making a college decision.  

Isaac Bruce: 'I'll be in Canton this year'

Isaac Bruce was a superstar receiver at Memphis State and then primarily with the St. Louis Rams as one part of The Greatest Show on Turf. 

Memphis basketball notebook: 8/6

A couple of Memphis basketball nuggets to get you through the day … Ray Kasongo is a 3-star power forward originally from Canada who committed to Oregon late last year.

Memphis football observations: 8/5

University of Memphis football practice is underway, and I got out to South Campus today to get my first look at the 2014 version of the football Tigers.

Tip-off time announced for Memphis, Wichita State

The University of Memphis will take on No. 5-ranked Wichita State at 1 p.m. central on Tuesday, Nov. 18 in South Dakota as part of ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. Game times were announced Monday afternoon. The Shockers are coming off a 35-1 s

Ed Stefanski: 'Every night, the Grizzlies will try to kick your butt'

Ed Stefanski was introduced Friday as the vice president of player personnel for the Memphis Grizzlies. Stefanski is a reputable exec with connections throughout the league; he’s been in executive roles with New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Toronto.

Memphis basketball prepares for Canada trip

The University of Memphis is preparing for a trip to Canada next month in which they'll play four games against Canadian clubs.

Will Barton Interview Highlights

Former University of Memphis swingman and current Portland Trailblazer Will Barton joined me on the show today and had some interesting things to say. 

Grizzlies solidify front office future

The Memphis Grizzlies organization went a long way Tuesday into solidifying its front office future.

Monday Morning Martin: 7/28/14

You're busy on the weekends. Chances are, you don't have the time to be plugged in outside of business hours. So I'll take care of that for you in this space.   

COLUMN: Could Ole Miss offer Hamilton/Skal package deal?

The University of Memphis package deal pieces fell into place when star 2016 prospect Dedric Lawson committed to Memphis yesterday, joining dad and brother on campus. But is another local school going to follow in Memphis' footsteps?

Monday Morning Martin: 7/21/14

You’re busy on the weekends. Chances are, you have neither the time nor the inclination to be plugged in outside of business hours. So, each and every Monday, I’ll wrangle the biggest (or most interesting) local stories from the weekend and put them on the website so that you can catch up. We’ll call it “Monday Morning Martin.”



Monday Morning Martin: 7/21/14

You’re busy on the weekends. Chances are, you have neither the time nor the inclination to be plugged in outside of business hours. 

Memphis offers Marshall

The University of Memphis has offered 2015 6-11 center Nick Marshall of Team Thad, his AAU coach Norton Hurd told 92.9 FM ESPN. 

Lawson, father of talented prospects, to be hired as assistant

Keelon Lawson, the father of four talented prep basketball players, will be announced as the third University of Memphis assistant in the next two days, a source confirmed Wednesday. The earliest he can start work is Saturday. 

SEC Media Days: Day Two

SEC Media Days is halfway over. Catch up on the important stuff here.

Vince Carter introduced by Grizzlies

Vince Carter was introduced Monday by the Grizzlies after signing with the team over the weekend. 

Live blog: SEC Media Days 2014

92.9 FM ESPN is live from Hoover, Ala., for SEC Media Days 2014. Follow along here.

Vince Carter signs with Grizzlies; Mike Miller departs

Grizzlies re-sign Udrih

Mike Miller: 'I've prepared my wife and kids to move on'

In an exclusive interview Wednesday afternoon at his basketball camp, Grizzlies free agent Mike Miller opened up about his future and where he might play next season. 92.9: Where do things stand right now with you? Miller: "I'm ju

Skal Labissiere: 'Memphis is my second home'

I caught up with Top 10 five-star big man Skal Labissiere (6-11, 215) this week out at M33M's practice at MUS about a number of things, including his college recruitment. Here's the most important stuff from our conversation. Labissie

Monday Morning Martin: 7/7/14

You’re busy on the weekends. Chances are, you have neither the time nor the inclination to be plugged in outside of business hours. So, each and every Monday, I’ll wrangle the biggest (or most interesting) local stories from the weekend.

Grizz summer league tip-off set for 4 p.m.

The Grizzlies are kicking off their Orlando Summer League play at 4 p.m. against Oklahoma City on NBATV. 

Miller to visit Nuggets Sunday

As he waits out free agency, Grizzlies' free agent Mike Miller will visit the Denver Nuggets Sunday and Monday, a source told 92.9 FM ESPN Saturday morning.  Oklahoma City, Houston, and Portland are also interested in the veteran shooter's s

Miller, Grizzlies "not near" in negotiations

Wednesday night, Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com and 92.9 FM ESPN reported that Grizzlies wing Mike Miller and the team were not close in contract talks. 

Mike Miller: 'Grizzlies know where I want to be'

Grizzlies shooter Mike Miller will become a free agent at 12:01 Tuesday morning.  In an interview with 92.9 FM ESPN Monday afternoon, the 34-year-old said his first choice is to remain in Memphis. "They know how badly I wanna be

Memphis big man Dom Woodson involved in altercation with football player

Memphis center Dominic Woodson was involved in an altercation with a football player Monday morning, CBSSports.com's and 92.9 FM ESPN's Gary Parrish reported this afternoon. The incident took place during study hall. 

Grizzlies don't extend qualifying offer to forward Ed Davis

The Ed Davis era in Memphis is over. The Grizzlies, after drafting power forward Jarnell Stokes in the second round of last Thursday's draft, 6-10, 225-pound power forward will become an unrestricted free agent at midnight Tuesday, according to Yahoo

Monday Morning Martin: 6/30

You’re busy on the weekends. Chances are, you have neither the time nor the inclination to be plugged in outside of business hours. So, each and every Monday, I’ll take care of the hard part.

Robert Pera: 'Judge me on whether the Grizzlies win a championship'

Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera, in a rare media appearance, went on with Chris Vernon of the Chris Vernon Show Friday afternoon and talked about the front office movement, the Grizzlies' draft process, and the championship window for his team.

Wallace: 'We chased him all the way to Utah'

After the dust settled on the 2014 NBA Draft, Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace and the team’s two draft picks, Jordan Adams and Jarnell Stokes, spoke with the media. Here are the highlights. 

Grizzlies acquire Jarnell Stokes in trade, according to ESPN

The Grizzlies have acquired the rights to Tennessee big man and Memphian Jarnell Stokes in a trade.

Grizzlies select Jordan Adams with 22nd pick

With the 22nd pick in Thursday night's NBA Draft, the Grizzlies selected UCLA guard Jordan Adams. 

Adams (6-4, 209) averaged 17.4 points a game last season for the Bruins. He shot 49 percent fromt the field and would presumably bring more scoring punch on the perimeter. He scored 20 points or more in 13 games last season and was an integral part of a Bruins team that advanced to

Grizzlies in talks with Raptors for draft-day trade, according to ESPN

The Grizzlies are negotiating a deal with the Toronto Raptors that would send the Grizzlies' 22nd overall pick tonight and veteran forward Tayshaun Prince to Toronto in exchange for the Raptors' 37th pick and swingman John Salmons, according to ESPN.

Randolph's agent denies snag in contract negotiations with Grizzlies

The agent of Zach Randolph denies report that his client has hit a snag in negotiations with the Grizzlies.

Travel issues alter Grizz workout

Unexpected travel complications for the original group of participants have altered the Grizzlies' Wednesday workout.

Grizzlies organizing last-minute workout

The Grizzlies are organizing a workout for Wednesday that includes Michigan swingman Glenn Robinson III, Virginia forward Joe Harris, UCLA guard Jordan Adams, and University of Memphis guard Geron Johnson, according to ESPN.

Grizzlies' Mock Watch 2014

There are countless mock drafts floating around the Internet, but you probably don't have the time to read them all. So, leading up to Thursday's draft, 92.9 ESPN will do that for you. 

20-for-20: What We Learned from Austin Nichols

Earlier this month, 92.9 sat down with last year’s American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year; in honor of every pound he’s put on, here are 20 things we learned from that interview.