The End of the Grizzlies? Let's Hope So. posted by Scott Shepherd
Officially, attendance was listed for the Los Angeles Clippers at Memphis Grizzlies game last night at 10,012.
The only way that number was over 10,000 is if you took every person in the arena, counted every person whose number was stored in their cell phone, and multiplied it by two.
At one point in the first quarter, the game was going from right to left on the TV. I paused it during the possession and counted eleven people in the stands on the far side of the floor. The game shifted back down to the right side of the floor. I counted roughly the same amount of people.
They were the best seats in the house, and I had a tough time finding 30 people who were sitting in them.
What a joke of a franchise the Grizzlies have become.
They signed Allen Iverson this offseason, clearly in an effort to sell tickets, and it actually had the reverse effect. They botched the Iverson situation less than five games into the season, and the fans (if this is even possible) are actually less interested in Grizzlies basketball than ever before.
If I were a Grizzlies fan, I wouldn’t be interested in them either. At some point, you have to say enough is enough.
A quick stop at www.basketball-reference.com shows that the Grizz are dead last in attendance. They are 3-8 this season, and their wins have come against the Raptors, Timberwolves, and Clippers.
What’s the incentive to go see this team play?
They have no star power at all. Rudy Gay has the potential to be the third or fourth best player on an elite level team. O.J. Mayo is good, but he still hasn’t figured out a way to make anyone else good. I wouldn’t root for Zach Randolph under any circumstance. Continue reading "The End of the Grizzlies? Let's Hope So."