MSL: 2.16.13

BOM MSL 2012


(Segment 1) Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter discuss the week’s biggest stories in the Starting 5.
(Segment 2) Dustin Starr joins the guys in studio to talk about wrestling in the Olympics,  Robert Pera vs. Vince McMahon, and WrestleMania.
(Segment 3) Shenanigans.

MemphiSport Live

(Segment 1) Hang Up & Listen.  
(Segment 2) The guys discuss the Tony Allen TV Special.
(Segment 3) Woohoos and Boos. Plus, Kelley Evans joins the show live from the NBA All-Star Weekend in Houston, Texas. 

MemphiSport Live

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Zach Randolph on recent trade rumors: ‘I’m a Grizzly for life’

Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph slams two of his 18 points in a November 11 game against the Miami Heat. Despite being the subject of trade rumors of late, the two-time All-Star on Friday said he wants to retire in a Grizzlies uniform (Photo by Chris Evans)

Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph slams home two of his 18 points in a November 11 game against the Miami Heat. Despite being the subject of trade rumors of late, the two-time All-Star on Friday said he wants to retire in a Grizzlies uniform (Photo by Chris Evans)

Saying he would like to retire as a member of the Memphis Grizzlies, Zach Randolph on Friday said he expects to remain with the team at least through the end of the season.

Randolph was responding for the first time since team officials said they would not trade the 12-year veteran power forward before season’s end. Grizzlies CEO Jason Levien and Randolph met on Thursday in what Randolph described as a “brief discussion” regarding his future with the team.

While the 31-year-old Randolph said he came away from the meeting with Levien convinced that he will finish out his fourth full season with the Grizzlies, he was quick to point out he’s fully aware that things could change before the February 21 deadline.

“I can’t say nothing to squash the rumors,” Randolph said before Friday’s game against Golden State. “But I tell you what, this is my city. If they trade me tomorrow, I’d still be here. I got a new house here. I’m going to continue to do what I do here in the summer with the camps. So this will continue to be my city.”

Randolph’s comments surrounding trade rumors came nine days after the Grizzlies traded franchise player Rudy Gay to Toronto in a three-team, six-player deal. Like Randolph, Gay, who led Memphis in scoring for the past two seasons, had become the subject of constant trade talks, particularly when the Grizzlies’ struggled to a 7-7 mark in January.

And, in recent weeks, team officials said they have spoken with a number of teams inquiring about Randolph, who will be making his second All-Star appearance next week in Houston. However, after his latest meeting with Levien, whom Randolph said assured him he would not be dealt before the end of this season, the Marion, Indiana native said he expects such talks to go away in the coming weeks.

Randolph currently is in the second of a four-year deal worth a reported $71 million ($66 million guaranteed).

““I talked with Jason and I told him ‘I’m a Grizzly for life’,” said Randolph, whose career also includes stints with Portland, New York, and the Los Angeles Clippers. “But if he traded me tomorrow, I’m going to be a Grizzly for life. This is where I want to finish my career. You know, I have came in and seen changes, and we started being a winning franchise. So this is where I’d like to retire. But I also understand this is a business, so I’m not overwhelmed by the (trade) rumors. I’ve been traded before. I’m used to it. I’m used to the rumors.”

In addressing the media before Friday’s game, Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins admitted that while he wasn’t in agreement with management’s decision to trade Gay, he’s still a “team player” in that he must devise ways to get the most out of his current roster. Prior to dealing Gay, the Grizzlies on January 22 traded reserves Marreese Speights, Wayne Ellington, Josh Selby, and a future first-round draft pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Jon Leuer.

“Both trades that were made, they kept me abreast with what was going on,” Hollins said. “And I voiced my opinion and they went with what they had. But my responsibility is to coach the team with the players we have, and that’s what I try to do and that’s what I will continue to try to do.”

After the trade involving Gay, Randolph, whose 30 double-doubles is second-best in the NBA, now leads the Grizzlies in scoring, averaging 15.7 points per game. However, the 6-foot-9 Randolph has been inconsistent of late for Memphis, which is 2-3 and has dropped one spot to fifth place in the Western Conference standings since dealing the seven-year veteran to the Raptors.

When asked if such ongoing trade talks have been a distraction for the Grizzlies, Randolph said, “Probably in the beginning. But we’ve got to understand this is a business. I’ve been in the NBA for 12 years. So this is no different than hearing my name in rumors.”

Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins on Friday said although he admittedly didn't agree with the team trading Rudy Gay on Jan. 30, his primary focus is to get the most out of his current roster. (Photo by Justin Ford)

Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins on Friday said although he admittedly didn’t agree with the team trading Rudy Gay on Jan. 30, his primary focus is to get the most out of his current roster. (Photo by Justin Ford)

Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, meanwhile, isn’t buying into the notion that the team’s roster changes in recent weeks may have affected its chemistry.

“I leave that for you guys,” Gasol said after Memphis snapped a two-game winless streak Friday with a 99-93 win against the Warriors. “Coach (Grizzlies Lionel Hollins) has addressed it. I think it’s over with. Did that affect us? I don’t think that was the issue here, so I refuse to accept that. I don’t believe rumors. I really don’t. It doesn’t take away from the fact that you’ve got to play basketball and bring it every night.

“I think every player in this locker room, if you ask the GM or CEO, they’ll tell you they got people asking about every player in here,” Gasol continued. But this is the NBA…where amazing happens, so you can’t worry about that stuff. When you hide behind rumors, those are excuses, and we can not allow excuses.”

Andre Johnson covers the Grizzlies for MemphiSport. To reach Johnson, email him at [email protected].  Follow him @AJ_Journalist.

SEE ALSO: AUDIO: Lionel Hollins gives ‘State of the Grizzlies Address’ prior to Warriors game

VIDEO: Two Memphis Grizzlies players named to Jalen Rose’s list of ‘Fab 5 Dark Alley Guys’

In the same week Zach Randolph told Kendrick Perkins “I’ll beat yo ass”, both players have been named to Jalen Rose’s first ever list of “Fab 5 Dark Alley Guys,” a group of players “if you were in a NBA dark alley, you would want on your side.”

Grizzlies guard Tony Allen was also named to the list, making Memphis the only NBA team with two “dark alley guys.”

Rounding out the five are two players who were involved in the Malice in the Palace:  Stephen Jackson and Metta World Peace.

Watch Rose reveal his first ever list of ‘Fab Five Dark Alley Guys’:

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2012 M Awards: Favorite Athlete

Tony is a psychotic, deeply confused, autistic, socially inept man. He lives alone in a flat on a London council estate tower block. He obsessively collects 1980s violent action movies, and he aimlessly wanders the streets of London looking to connect with anybody, his daily routine is dull, empty, odd, and is made up of deeply bad habits. He has been unemployed and living on job seekers allowance for 20 years. Tony is a serial killer.

This description is not about Tony Allen. This description is about a bad movie made in 2009 called “Tony.” Tony Allen is not a serial killer, but a serial winner. Congrats.

Tony Allen, Memphis GrizzliesFirst Place: 17.51%
Zach Randolph, Memphis GrizzliesSecond Place: 12.79%
Derrick Rose, Chicago BullsThird Place: 10.77%

 Best song to listen to while contemplating this category… Serial Killa by RBX, Snoop Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound and the DOC. So what do you think, Memphis? Did you get it right? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

The 2012 M Award Winners

 Favorite Concessions: FedExForum
Favorite Place To Tailgate: Tiger Lane
Favorite Sporting Venue: FedExForum
Favorite Race: St. Jude Marathon
Best Game: Grizzlies Game 6 Win
Most Memorable Moment: University of Memphis Gets Invitation to the Big East
Favorite Annual Event: Memphis Madness
Moment We Would Most Like To Forget: Grizzlies Game 1 Collapse to the Clippers
Best Offbeat Moment: Josh Pastner Accidentally Tweeting Out “Tony Parker”
Best Musical Performance: Ellen, St. Jude Patient, Singing the National Anthem at a Grizzlies Game
Best Place To Stock Up For The Big Game: Kroger
Best Local Sports Bar/Restaurant: Huey’s
Best National Sports Bar/Restaurant: Buffalo Wild Wings
Best Place To Eat Before/After The Game: Huey’s
Best Place To Take The Team After A Victory: Memphis Pizza Cafe
Best Place To Play Cards: Horseshoe Casino and Hotel
Best Golf Course: TPC Southwind
Favorite Golf Store: Edwin Watts Golf
Favorite Sporting Goods Store: Dick’s Sporting Goods
Favorite Sports Apparel Store: Tiger Bookstore
Favorite Workout Facility: YMCA
Favorite Healthy Store: Whole Foods Market
Favorite Place To Spend A Nice Afternoon: The Memphis Zoo
Favorite Bike Shop: Outdoors, Inc
Favorite Local Sports Radio Personality: Gary Parrish, Gary Parrish Show
Favorite Local Sports Radio Program: The Gary Parrish Show with Geoff Calkins
Favorite Sports Talk Radio Segment: Harvard/Horn Lake Trivia, Gary Parrish Show
Favorite Local TV Sports Personality: Geoff Calkins, Sports Files
Best Sports Website:
Best Fantasy Sports Twitter: @FantasyLapides
Best Local Sports Twitter: @GaryParrishCBS
Favorite Sports Radio Station: 92.9 ESPN
Favorite Mascot: Super Grizz
Favorite Spirit Squad: Memphis Tigers Dance Team
Best Hair: Gary Parrish
Favorite Fighter: Jerry Lawler
Favorite Golfer: John Daly
Favorite Baseball Player: Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants
Favorite Football Player: DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers
Favorite Basketball Player: Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies
Most Hated Rival: John Calipari
Favorite Athlete: Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies


Check back here daily in the month of July for a new winner in MemphiSport’s annual celebration of the best in Memphis sports.

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Should any Grizzlies Players go for a Name Change?

This article originally appeared in the October 2011 issue of MemphiSport.

MSL hosts Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter debate.

Now that Ron Artest has legally changed his name to Metta World Peace, should any Grizzlies players opt for a unique name change?

Will Tony Allen change his name to @aa000G9? Photo by Justin Ford.

Kevin: This is an interesting question. Just a little over ten years ago, people in Memphis were debating whether or not the franchise should change its name when it moved to town.  Now actual NBA players are changing their names.

Marcus: Ron Artest is a character. Chad Ochocinco is a character. Tony Allen is a character, and he is the only Grizzlies player I could see doing something so outrageous.  How about Tony Grindhouse? If he does that, it would be instant media attention and will make the name Gridhouse all his.

Kevin: There are countless new name ideas for Tony Allen. How about Salmon And Mashed Potatoes? Grit And Grind? Or what if he changed his name to his Twitter handle? I could see @aa000G9 jerseys selling better than BBQ nachos.

Marcus: No one would know how to pronounce @aa000G9, so we would have to call him The Player Formerly Known As Tony Allen. I like the idea though. Sounds like an easy way to get more followers.

Kevin: Rudy Gay and Mike Conley both already wear part of their Twitter handles on the back of their jerseys.

Marcus: Every NBA player needs to take a look at all the pros and cons before going through with a name change. Sure it will grab you worldwide headlines and possibility make you a household name, but look at what has happened to the careers of the major stars to already make the leap. Chad Ochocinco changed his name and now he is terrible at football. Ron or Metta World whatever changed his name and just a few days later he was eliminated off Dancing with the Stars.  Seems to be bad luck.

Kevin: You may have a point, but that still shouldn’t stop Tony Allen from changing his name to Metta World Bourrée Champion.

Marcus: Tony Allen should just change his name to MEMPHIS!

Kevin: What if he gets traded?

Marcus: He would have to change it again, or he could just claim to be a big fan of the Broadway musical by the same name.

Kevin: Zach Randolph should go ahead and officially change his name to Z-Bo.  Everyone already calls him that and his real name carries too much baggage with it from his past.

Marcus: If Pau Gasol was still on the team, he could change his name to Pau GaSoft! I kid of course. Pau is a good guy… just a soft big man.

Kevin: Hamed Haddadi should keep his last name but change his first name to Who’s and his middle name to Your.

Marcus: Mike Conley could change his name to MediaHatesMe.

Kevin: Rudy Gay could sell his naming rights to the classic snack food Dunkaroo’s.

Marcus: Speaking of food, O.J. Mayo is one player on the Grizzlies who already has a cool name and doesn’t need to change it.

Kevin: As long as he doesn’t change his last name to Simpson, he will be okay. But I wouldn’t mind if O.J. changed his name to my favorite breakfast drink and condiment. How could Coach Lionel Hollins not start someone named Coffee Lenny’s Hot Pepper Relish?

Marcus: I wish Michael Jackson was still alive just so he could advise players on possible name changes.  Don’t forget, “The King of Pop” named his own child Blanket.

Kevin: That is true. The names of pro athletes are starting to become just as outrageous as the names of celebrity babies. It’s a trend I think we can all get behind.

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-Photo by Chase Gustafson