Posts Tagged ‘Grind City Media’

MikeCheck: As first training camp looms, Jenkins eager to guide young Grizzlies into bright future

Spend 10 minutes with Taylor Jenkins, and it is easy to come away with multiple vibes. Sensing a man in the midst of an identity crisis is absolutely not among them. Set to open his first training camp as an NBA head coach with the Memphis Grizzlies at the end of the month, Jenkins knows exactly where he’s headed, who he is, what he envisions and the approach to take to execute his plans.

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MikeCheck: Who are Southern Jaguars? A proud HBCU program packing guts and grooves for Liberty Bowl trip to face Memphis

Southern University Jaguars head coach Dawson Odums during the SWAC Championship gam

They are a prideful, plucky program in powder blue, gold and white uniforms. Plus, they’ve got a hip-shaking, funky marching band called the Human Jukebox. The Southern Heritage Classic arrives in town the following week as one of the top games on the HBCU football schedule. But Southern will bring a touch of soul to the Liberty Bowl a week in advance.

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MikeCheck: Team USA staff, players confident Jenkins will prove ideal fit as Grizzlies new coach

By all accounts, Jenkins blends a surgeon-like attention to detail with an in-your-face intensity. The Grizzlies and the league saw signs of that last month in Las Vegas. Three weeks after taking the job, Jenkins guided Memphis to the MGM Resorts Summer League championship while still working to finalize his staff and with No. 2 overall pick Ja Morant sitting out as a precaution.

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MikeCheck: Team USA workouts boost Jackson Jr.’s momentum for sophomore NBA season

Jackson is competing with the Select Team of NBA rising stars to help the USA National Team prepare for the FIBA World Cup qualifier that starts later this month in China. His presence at Team USA training camp makes Jackson the lone teenager among 30 NBA players gathered in Vegas – a talent crop that ranges from NBA champion Kyle Lowery to burgeoning All-Stars Kemba Walker, Donovan Mitchell and Khris Middleton to recent lottery picks De’Aaron Fox, Jayson Tatum, Trae Young and Marvin Bagley III.

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#IMHO: Hot Grizz Summer, shooting stars and CP3

Grind City Media’s Lang Whitaker and Michael Wallace have been covering the NBA since shorts were short and socks were long, but their opinions about the League don’t always mesh. #IMHO is their weekly chance to weigh in on the most pertinent news from around the NBA. What’s lit? What’s lame? Find out each week right here.

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