2015 M Awards: Best Dressed

marc-gasolSeeing Marc Gasol in a Grizz jersey makes every Grizzlies fan happy.  There was a brief period of time when we did not know if Marc would return Memphis.  The good thing is Marc will remain in the Bluff City for at least another five year’s.

Marc Gasol in a Grizzlies jersey, First Place: 29.1%
Mike Conley in his mask, Second Place: 24.6%
Tony Allen in his robe, Third Place: 23.5%

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2015 M Awards: Most Memorable Moment

conley maskOf all the sports moments in the Bluff City, Mike Conley’s Game 2 performance against the eventual NBA Champion Golden State Warriors was the one you all found most memorable.  The heart and toughness Conley displayed was simply awe inspiring.

The surprise of the year in the Memphis sports realm has to be the University of Memphis Tigers football team, who managed to get two moments in the top three in this year’s M Awards.

Mike Conley’s performance in Game 2 vs. Golden State, First Place: 32.8%
Memphis Football winning the AAC, Second Place: 25%
Miami Beach Bowl Brawl, Third Place: 12.8%

Visit MemphiSport.com daily from July 13th to July 18th for this year’s Big Brothers Big Sisters M Awards winners.  The M Awards are presented by the 18th Annual Sports Ball Black-Tie Tennis Shoe Gala.

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2015 M Awards: Moment We Would Most Like To Forget

Mike-Conley-050615The Grizzlies playoff fate was dealt a serious blow when Mike Conley took that inadvertent elbow courtesy of CJ McCollum in Game three of the Portland Trailblazers series.  His swollen face kept him out of the rest of the Portland series and probably cost the Grizz against the Golden State Warriors also.  Who knows how things would have went had Conley been healthy for that series.

Mike Conley getting his face busted, First Place: 27.3%
Grizzlies losing the 2 seed, Second Place: 20.2%
Tigers brawl at the MIA Beach Bowl, Third Place: 18.6%

Visit MemphiSport.com daily from July 13th to July 18th for this year’s Big Brothers Big Sisters M Awards winners.  The M Awards are presented by the 18th Annual Sports Ball Black-Tie Tennis Shoe Gala.

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Playing Hurt Podcast: Top Memphis Grizzlies Moments From 2014-2015 Season

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Playing Hurt Podcast: Greatest Masked Men in Sports

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Playing Hurt Podcast: Will The Grizzlies Win the NBA Finals

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Playing Hurt Podcast: NBA Playoff Preview

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Playing Hurt Podcast: Memphis Grizzlies Grades at the All-Star Break

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Randolph on Conley for All-Star appearance: ‘I want the young fella to get in there’

DALLAS — No one, it seems, is more impressed with Mike Conley’s body of work this season than Zach Randolph.

The Memphis Grizzlies power forward, in fact, has been complimentary of Conley’s display since the early stages of the season.

Tuesday night was no exception.

BOLD PREDICTION --- Following the shorthanded Grizzlies’ decisive 109-90 win against the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday night in American Airlines Center, Grizzlies star Zach Randolph hinted that he anticipates point guard Mike Conley to be named to the All-Star team, a milestone he’s been seeking for some time. (LM Otero, Getty Images)

BOLD PREDICTION — Following the shorthanded Grizzlies’ decisive 109-90 win against the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday night in American Airlines Center, Grizzlies star Zach Randolph hinted that he anticipates
point guard Mike Conley to be named to the All-Star team, a milestone he’s been seeking for some time. (LM Otero, Getty Images)

Following the shorthanded Grizzlies’ decisive 109-90 win against the Dallas Mavericks in American Airlines Center in which the team was without Conley, Randolph hinted that he anticipates the Grizzlies’ starting point guard to achieve a milestone he’s been seeking for some time.

“It’s big when you can play like that without your All-Star point guard,” Randolph told reporters after posting a game-high 22 points on 10 of 15 shooting and 10 rebounds against Dallas.

While Randolph doesn’t shy away from the notion that he would like to see Conley, his teammate of six years, earn his first All-Star appearance of his career, the seven-year veteran won’t know for certain until Thursday when the East and West reserves are announced.

Just as it has been in recent years, making the All-Star team undoubtedly will be monumental for Conley, in large part because the Western Conference is loaded with a slew of All-Star-caliber point guards such as Damian Lillard, Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, Tony Parker and Russell Westbrook, among others — all of whom have played in the NBA’s annual midseason showcase.

The 64th annual All-Star Game is February 15 in Madison Square Garden.

While many media pundits believed Conley should have been named to the All-Star team last year, the 27-year-old Fayetteville, Arkansas native certainly has made a strong case to earn a spot for the West this season.

At 33-12, the Grizzlies currently own the NBA’s third-best record and are second in the Western Conference standings behind Golden State. Add to the fact that Conley, Memphis’ second-leading scorer, has been as assertive on both ends of the floor as he’s ever been since he entered the NBA ranks, and it’s no wonder many believe this year could very well be his to crash the All-Star party along with fellow Grizzlies teammate Marc Gasol.

A 7-foot-1 Spaniard, Gasol will be making his second All-Star appearance and his first as a starter.

“You know, it’ll be nice if it happens,” said Randolph, when asked if making his third All-Star appearance was one of his personal goals in this, his 13th season. “I said the other day in Memphis I prefer it be Mike Conley. He deserves it. You know, I’ve been there before. So it’ll be nice if someone else from our team makes it and hopefully it’s him.”

CASE CLOSED? While many media pundits believed Conley should have been named to the All-Star team last year, the 27-year-old Fayetteville, Arkansas native certainly has made a strong case to earn spot for the West this season.

CASE CLOSED? While many media pundits believed Conley should have been named to the All-Star team last year, the 27-year-old Fayetteville, Arkansas native certainly has made a strong case to earn spot for the West this season.

According to a four-panel of CBSSports.com writers who cover the NBA, neither listed Conley as an All-Star reserve in a story that was released Wednesday afternoon. During a preseason interview with MemphiSport, however, Conley reiterated that making his first All-Star appearance was something about which he would strive for this year and that being left off the roster “would suck.”

“Obviously, I want to make my first All-Star appearance,” Conley said.

However, whether the former Ohio State star will be shown some love Valentine’s Day weekend in the Big Apple as a member of the West roster remains a mystery.

At least until sometime Thursday.

“It’ll be nice,” Randolph said of Conley being christen an All-Star reserve. “It’s a lot of politics in the All-Star Game. But I’m not going to lose any sleep (if I don’t make it). Like I said, I want the young fella to get in there.”

Still, regardless of how things stack up when the All-Star reserves are announced, Randolph said nothing overshadows the bigger aspirations for a team that figures to be a legitimate threat to make its first NBA Finals appearances this year.

“Right now, we’re focusing on winning and that’s our big picture right now…especially mine,” Randolph said. “We’re playing good. Our team is playing good. Our bench is playing good. So that’s our main focus right now.”

Something even the team’s starting point guard would agree with as the season progresses.

All-Star appearance or not.

DrePicAndre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@memphisport.net. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

MSL’s Playing Hurt Podcast: NBA All-Star Game Edition

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