For a bit under a decade, the Memphis Grizzlies have been a consistent factor in the Western Conference. A team epitomized by “Grit ‘n’ Grind,” the Grizzlies made the playoffs each of the past seven seasons — a run matched, among foes in the West, by only the San Antonio Spurs.
It’s been an impressive stretch for a franchise that had failed to win a single playoff game before this run started. It’s also one that has officially come to an end.
Not only is Memphis not going to make it to an eighth straight postseason, it has a chance to have the NBA’s worst record this season. The Grizzlies fired their coach, David Fizdale, earlier this season, and then failed to get anything for Tyreke Evans at this year’s trade deadline — the player everyone was sure was going to be traded — for reasons that remain unclear. Star point guard Mike Conley Jr. has missed most of the season due to injury, and won’t be returning. Star center Marc Gasol has regressed, and his grousing helped play a role in the decision to move on from Fizdale.
To say things have gone off the rails in Memphis is an understatement.
To talk about all of this, and more, the latest episode of “Posting Up,” The Washington Post’s NBA podcast, features Chris Vernon, a popular longtime radio host in Memphis and now also a podcast host for “The Ringer NBA Show.”
Topics covered include:
— The decision to fire Fizdale
— The decision not to trade Evans
— The future of Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace, as well as interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff
— The futures of both Conley and Gasol in Memphis
— The health status of Chandler Parsons, and the decision to sign him to a max contract in 2016
— The Grizzlies’ long history of failures in the NBA draft
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