Prior to taking on the job of vice president of basketball operations for the Memphis Grizzlies, John Hollinger wrote about the NBA for ESPN. So, it would be assumed that Hollinger knows a good deal about the league and its players, especially his own guys like Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph. This morning, Deadspin gathered a bunch of "mean things" that the former writer mentioned about players on the Grizzlies roster and well, here are a few examples.
Mike Conley: [H]e still is more of a caretaker point guard in some ways. He has an extremely low usage rate for a key starter and often just spots up on the weak side while the Grizzlies' post weapons go to work.
Marc Gasol: Gasol basically doesn't try for offensive rebounds.
Jerryd Bayless: [M]ost of the difference [in his solid 2011-2012] was a flukish uptick in 3-point shooting to 42.3 percent — he's a career 35.0 percent shooter and you can expect a return to Earth this season.
Marreese Speights: His on-court versus off-court comparisons were still awful, and opposing bigs put up solid numbers at his expense, plus he had an extremely low rate of steals and a high rate of fouls. On a positive note, he seemed to be in better shape and a bit tougher, and he's become marginally less pathetic at drawing charges.
You get the idea. Hit the link to see what Hollinger had to say about Gay and Randolph. Spoiler alert: He doesn't have the kindest things to say.
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