Trash talkin’ with Killian Tillie

On this week’s episode of the Just Grizzlies podcast with Kelcey Wright Johnson, she is joined by Killian Tillie who discusses his new contract signing and which vets have helped him develop his game. He also addresses the rumors about the Grizzlies trash talking and describes exactly how he likes to trash talk on the court. The French center also opens up about his infamous pet, his athletic family and much more.

AB's NFL career, CFB semi-finals, and can the Grizzlies defeat the Nets? | 3-Point Stance

3-Point Stance: Will this be the end of AB’s NFL career, Did we enjoy the CFB semi-finals, And can the Grizzlies defeat the Nets w/ so many guys out?

Grind City Media’s 3-Point Stance segment is a Skype-styled conversation between 2 friends, with 2 perspectives, on 3 topics from the weekend centered on sports, entertainment and pop-culture presented by MTN Dew. On Episode 103, Jon Roser and Meghan Triplett discuss:

(0:00) Intros
(0:18) Will this be the end of AB’s NFL career
(4:38) CFB semi-finals
(8:00) Can the Grizzlies defeat the Nets w/ so many guys out

Shooters shoot with Desmond Bane

On this week’s episode of the Just Grizzlies podcast with Kelcey Wright Johnson, Desmond Bane is candid about the talks surrounding the Most Improved Player award. He also dives into the challenges and successes the Grizzlies have seen in a season with an ever-changing available roster. And of course, Desmond and Kelcey have some fun talking Netflix, TikTok and more.

Rise & Grind: Jessica’s Back, Dark Mode Ja and Teresa Walker

On today’s show: Jessica is back! She and Meghan break down the Grizzlies big win, discuss Ja Morant going into “Dark Mode”, discuss the Titans playoff chances with Teresa Walker and share some of their favorite moments from 2021 in sports and pop culture.

(start) Grizz win over Lakers
(36:00) Teresa Walker
(1:04:05) Betty White on cover of People Mag
(1:09:26) Favorites From 2021

Rise & Grind: RIP Madden, Mike Wallace and Recasting T’Challa

On today’s show: Meghan starts the show by sharing thoughts on the passing of NFL legend John Madden and then she previews Grizzlies v. Lakers with Mike Wallace. DeAngelo Williams hops on the show to share his thoughts on the best Spiderman and Batman actors of all time and explains why he thinks the MCU should recast T’Challa.

(start) Shenanigan’s
(08:00) John Madden death
(27:00) Grizzlies v. Lakers preview
(32:00) Mike Wallace
(45:00) DeAngelo Williams

Impressive NFL team, NBA Christmas Day games and Grizzlies snap losing streak | 3-Point Stance

3-Point Stance: Most impressive team in the NFL that has clinched, Best Christmas Day game in NBA and Grizzlies snap losing streak

Grind City Media’s 3-Point Stance segment is a Skype-styled conversation between 2 friends, with 2 perspectives, on 3 topics from the weekend centered on sports, entertainment and pop-culture presented by MTN Dew. On Episode 102, Jon Roser and Meghan Triplett discuss:

(0:00) Intros
(0:28) Most impressive team in the NFL that has clinched
(5:05) Best Christmas Day game in NBA
(8:27) Grizzlies snap losing streak

Grizzlies weekend, Tigers/Vols cancelled, Best team in the NFC? | 3-Point Stance

3-Point Stance: Grizzlies weekend, Tigers/Vols cancelled, Best team in the NFC?

Grind City Media’s 3-Point Stance segment is a Skype-styled conversation between 2 friends, with 2 perspectives, on 3 topics from the weekend centered on sports, entertainment and pop-culture presented by MTN Dew. On Episode 101, Jon Roser and Jessica Benson discuss:

(0:00) Intros
(0:43) Grizzlies weekend
(4:04) Tigers/Vols cancelled
(7:25) Best team in the NFC

It’s Game Day with De’Anthony Melton

On this week’s episode, Kelcey Wright Johnson is joined by Grizzlies guard De’Anthony Melton. The two talk about his grade on defense, answers questions about being an “analytics darling”, talks about the depth of the team + more.

MikeCheck: Grizzlies channel ‘Z-Bo’ type grit while grinding through resurgent defensive stretch

MEMPHIS – Still gasping for air moments after arguably the Grizzlies’ biggest win of the season, Jaren Jackson Jr. had two priorities as he placed a huge home victory over LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers into proper perspective.

First, Jackson saluted the festive fans at FedExForum for the spark they provided to push the Grizzlies to that 108-95 triumph after they overcame an early deficit to ultimately pull away.

And then, with the full sense of Thursday’s accomplishment yet to set in, Jackson turned the page to the next big opportunity his franchise and its fans face back in the building on Saturday.

Jaren Jackson Jr. against the Lakers
MEMPHIS, TN – DECEMBER 9: Jaren Jackson Jr. #13 of the Memphis Grizzlies celebrates a three point basket during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images.

“It’s Z-Bo Day…let’s turn up!” an ecstatic Jackson shouted into the camera as he was interviewed on the court during the Grizzlies postgame broadcast. “Shoutout to Z-Bo. That’s my brother. It says a lot (to beat the Lakers). But we’re going to need the fans for the next one, for sure. This means nothing without the fans.”

Jackson’s call to action comes with the Grizzlies (15-11) amid their best stretch of the season, playing with a brand of rugged and relentless effort synonymous with one of the greatest legends to ever wear the team’s uniform.

The Grizzlies have won six of their last seven games and sit fourth in the Western Conference standings as they enter Saturday’s game against the surprisingly surging Houston Rockets. But that night’s spotlight will shine on beloved former Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph, who will become the franchise’s first player to have his jersey retired and lifted to the rafters.

Jackson considers Randolph his “big brother” in so many ways.

Shoutout to Z-Bo. That’s my brother. It says a lot (to beat the Lakers). But we’re going to need the fans for the next one, for sure. This means nothing without the fans.

Jaren Jackson Jr.

Both played at Michigan State under long-time coach Tom Izzo nearly two decades apart.

Both ended up anchoring the power forward position in Memphis for the Grizzlies. Randolph’s bruising, low-post dominance rooted the ‘Grit & Grind’ Grizzlies through the franchise’s most successful stretch in history with seven straight playoff berths, including a trip to the 2012 Western Conference Finals. A two-time NBA All-Star during his 17 seasons, Randolph averaged 16.6 points and 9.1 rebounds in 1,116 games for five teams. His greatest impact – on and off the court – was in Memphis with the Grizzlies for eight seasons from 2009 through 2017.

Randolph embraced everything about his role in Memphis. He thrived at snagging key rebounds and making clutch shots in playoff games. He strived at paying utility bills for disadvantaged Memphis residence and donating pandemic relief resources to Shelby County Schools.

I might cry, man, because I was a statistic, man. I was coming from a bad place. I came from nothing, you know. So, for me to be where I’m at and to accomplish what I did, to get the love every time I come back to Memphis…that kind of genuine love, it don’t always happen like that. You know how it is, man. It’s Grit & Grind for life.

Zach Randolph

When first informed his No. 50 jersey would be retired – as eventually will those of his Core Four teammates Mike Conley, Tony Allen and Marc Gasol – Randolph was overcome with emotion. He could only imagine what he’d feel on that ceremonial night on the court.

That night arrives Saturday in a postgame tribute unlike any ever planned at FedExForum.

“Oh my goodness – a poor kid from Marion, Indiana, came from a poor, single-parent home, the oldest of four siblings, mother on welfare…oh, man. Wow!” Randolph told Grind City Media recently “I might cry, man, because I was a statistic, man. I was coming from a bad place. I came from nothing, you know. So, for me to be where I’m at and to accomplish what I did, to get the love every time I come back to Memphis…that kind of genuine love, it don’t always happen like that. You know how it is, man. It’s Grit & Grind for life.”

Meanwhile, Jackson is currently steering the ‘NxtGen’ Grizzlies through a bit of a renaissance defensively. After ranking last or near the bottom among the NBA’s 30 teams in defensive rating through the season’s first 20 games, the Grizzlies have flipped the script to win six of their last seven games. And of those six wins, they’ve held five opponents below 100 points.

Are we going to play to our standard…and how are we going to continue to find our way over 48 minutes? Obviously (Thursday’s victory) was a standard-type win, something I would definitely point to. But they know me. I’m just going to turn the page to the next one and say, ‘Hey guys, we’ve just got to keep getting better.’

Taylor Jenkins

Memphis entered the weekend ranked No. 1 in the NBA in defensive rating since Nov. 28. That surge was capped by Thursday’s performance when the Grizzlies recorded a season-high 18 steals and scored 27 points off 22 Los Angeles turnovers. The Grizzlies are back ranked among the league’s leaders in steals, rebounds and deflections – all categories they excelled in last season.

Remarkably, they’ve done it with several key players sidelined over the past two weeks. Franchise catalyst and leading scorer Ja Morant remains out with a knee injury and veteran swingman and defensive stopper Dillon Brooks is currently in the NBA’s health and safety protocols. Productive reserves Brandon Clarke and Ziaire Williams are also out with injuries.

Yet the resilient Grizzlies continue to find a way to push forward with collective effort.

“It doesn’t matter who you’re playing, where you’re playing, what happened the games before and all of that stuff,” Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said of his team’s recent turnaround. “Are we going to play to our standard…and how are we going to continue to find our way over 48 minutes? Obviously (Thursday’s victory) was a standard-type win, something I would definitely point to. But they know me. I’m just going to turn the page to the next one and say, ‘Hey guys, we’ve just got to keep getting better.’”

That sounds exactly like something Randolph would say after a big performance.

Fittingly for the Grizzlies, that next one comes Saturday – Z-Bo Day.

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CFB Playoff Rankings, Best Coaching hire so far, Grizzlies going wire-to-wire | 3-Point Stance

3-Point Stance: CFB Playoff Rankings, Best Coaching hire so far, Grizzlies going wire-to-wire

Grind City Media’s 3-Point Stance segment is a Skype-styled conversation between 2 friends, with 2 perspectives, on 3 topics from the weekend centered on sports, entertainment and pop-culture presented by MTN Dew. On Episode 99, Jon Roser and Meghan Triplett discuss:

(0:00) Intros
(0:23) CFB Playoff Ranking
(5:56) Best Coaching hire
(8:39) Grizzlies going wire-to-wire