For the first time in franchise history, the Memphis Grizzlies have advanced to the Western Conference Finals (Now only four franchises in the NBA have never made it to a Conference Final).
With their victory over the Thunder in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals, the Grizzlies revenge tour is complete. In this year’s playoff run, Memphis has eliminated both of the teams that eliminated them in the past two postseasons.
It is hard to believe Memphis has made it within four wins of the NBA Finals, especially with the questions surrounding the team throughout the year. Like, what should be done to get the franchise under the salary cap? Should Memphis trade Zach Randolph (few things seem funnier than this notion now) or should they trade Rudy Gay (this is one of those things)? Will Mike Conley ever emerge as an elite point guard? What does grit and grind even mean?
These questions, and more, have been answered with the Grizzlies stellar play this postseason. However, one pressing question remains…
With the Grizzlies advancing and getting a chance to host at least two more home playoff games (possibly six if they advance to the Finals), who should the fine people at FedExForum get to perform “The Star Spangled Banner”?
Some famous people who have already sang the national anthem at a Grizzlies playoff game over the past few years include: Al Green, Ruby Wilson, Zach Myers, The Voice’s Patrick Dodd, Grizzlies PA announcer Rick Trotter
After having an interactive discussion on MSL with many Grizzlies fans, a list has been compiled.
Here is a list of possible national anthem singers the Grizzlies should consider:
1. Justin Timberlake (Get Andy Samberg there and have “Grizz in a Box” performed at halftime too)
2. Jerry Lee Lewis
3. Lisa Marie Presley
4. B.B. King (and Lucille)
5. Hologram Elvis
6. Star and Micey (The city’s No. 3 band performing for the Western Conference’s No. 1 team)
7. Amy Lavere
8. Alexis Grace
9. Muck Sticky (He wants to do it)
10. Cybill Shepard
CJ Hurt covers NBA basketball for MemphiSport. Follow him @churtj09 for live tweets from games.
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