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June 10, 2008

The Grizzlies, Joey Dorsey, and Kevin Love

Filed under: Uncategorized — Will Askew @ 11:00 am

Yesterday, the Grizzlies worked out Kevin Love, Joey Dorsey, DeAndre Jordan, and JaVale McGee (as well as Jeremy Pargo and Kyle Weaver). By all accounts, Kevin Love was extremely impressive, and Joey Dorsey showed some unexpected offensive skills. You turn on the radio today, and you will hear two things:
1) Would you be happy with Kevin Love at #5?
2) Do you take Joey Dorsey with #28?

To which I answer: 1) ehhhh and 2) absolutely not.

Kevin Love will be a good NBA player. Good rebounder, good offensive player, physical, good dude in the community, and a pleasant guy. But this year, at #5, in the most critical offseason this team has ever faced, you need more flash. So while I wouldn’t be upset with the pick necessarily, I would like a little more sizzle with the pick. Picking Kevin Love if OJ Mayo is still on the board would be a huge mistake. Kevin Love would be a nice piece, but not a cornerstone player.

As for Dorsey, it’s not that I necessarily think that Dorsey wouldn’t be a good player, it’s just that there will be better players there. Richard Hendrix, DJ White, Bill Walker, JJ Hickson…all guys I would rather have than Joey Dorsey. Dorsey is what he is: a good rebounder (who is 6’7, by the way, and was outjumped by Love in workouts), a good defensive player, and a limited, to be kind, offensive player. Plus, a month and a half into the season, he’ll be 25! Love will be 20. Dorsey would have been the second oldest player in the Grizzlies starting lineup this year on most nights. It just doesn’t make sense. The fact that he is a Tiger shouldn’t make any impact on the decision either. A guy that’s going to play a maximum of 15 minutes a game is not going to get anyone excited about the Grizzlies. Just ask Antonio Burks.

While reading the local newspaper this morning, I came across the following headline: “Let’s Make a Deal and Try to Land Beasley.” Really? In addition to talking about a deal that’s been discussed for weeks, saying that the Grizzlies should try and get one of the two best players in the draft is obvious. That’s like a headline that says, “Grizz would be better if they had drafted Nowitzki instead of Antonio Daniels,” or “Grizz probably shouldn’t have traded for Otis Thorpe and lost the pick that would have been Carmelo Anthony.”

If I were Chris Wallace, I would seriously consider the #5, Miller, and Lowry for Beasley (read: DO IT. IF IT’S THERE AND YOU DON’T, YOU ARE TERRIBLE).



  1. Let the record show,you also laughed and mocked Tiger fans when they said Rose would school Collison,only to eat crow.Its no secret you hate everything Tigers so of coarse you do not want the Teddy Bears(Griz)to take Dorsey, no surprise.We all know the Griz needs help with Defense in the middle everyone but the Griz management and the Tiger hacks at this station.It will be another season of lay-up drills for the Griz opponents again next season,

    Comment by MIKE TRAMEL — June 10, 2008 @ 4:09 pm

  2. Well, it took you a little longer to leave a bitter, angry comment this time than I thought. I had under two hours.

    Comment by Will Askew — June 10, 2008 @ 8:14 pm

  3. Dude you hate everything Tigers,whos bitter.Just setting the record straight you are Carolina blind so any comments you make about the Tiger players comes with your bias and agendas.So its no surpeise to any tiger fan would do not want them to take Dorsey despite the Griz needing a inside Defensive help.It will be lay-up city on Darko and Love next season enjoy your miserable Griz

    Comment by MIKE TRAMEL — June 11, 2008 @ 3:27 pm

  4. Right, because liking Carolina means that I hate Memphis. They’re big rivals, you see.

    Comment by Will Askew — June 11, 2008 @ 3:33 pm

  5. So was your point the Griz do not need a big, who will protect the lane,a rebounder.plays good D agaisnt the pick and roll.Who plays physical with a attidude and will give a hard foul.Let me remind you Miller was there leading rebounder.None of those Guys you suggest provide that.Sooner are later you and the other talking heads and the Griz management will figure it out.So you are saying they do not need a guy like Dorsey are is it he is a Tiger

    Comment by MIKE TRAMEL — June 11, 2008 @ 4:50 pm

  6. If you read carefully, I said that I don’t necessarily think Dorsey’s going to be a bad player. But to take a guy who does some of the same things as the other guys on my list (i.e. Hickson, Hendrix, and DJ White) and is not as good an offensive player AND is 25 years old AND has had off the court issues wouldn’t be a good decision. If a Tiger player (CDR) is still on the board at 28, I’d certainly hope that the Grizz would take him. And I’ve said that Derrick Rose will be an absolute superstar. So before you get all defensive and bitter, actually read what I have to say.

    Comment by Will Askew — June 11, 2008 @ 6:59 pm

  7. Dude what you either will not admit or your bias refuses to let you see it those 3 players are not even in joeys league when it comes to Defense, shot blocking,rebounding,there was no better center in college who guarded the pick n roll better then Dorsey,The Griz biggest need a tough guy in the middle is Dorsey the answer who knows but Darko is not. Gasol is not, neither is those 3 you want the griz to take.

    Comment by MIKE TRAMEL — June 11, 2008 @ 8:18 pm

  8. He’s not a center in the pros. He’s 6’7. There’s no way he can guard centers in the NBA. He was a very good defensive college center, but I’m not taking a chance on a 25 year old 6’7 power forward with little offensive ability. That’s all I’m saying.

    Comment by Will Askew — June 12, 2008 @ 10:18 am

  9. He measured 6ft9 with shoes according Barone, he has a long wing span,He can jump out of the gym despite you trying to convince someone Love can jump higher then him,and his not over the hill at 24.Dorsey may not be the answer but your choices sure are not the answer.Just admit it he is a tiger, Dorsey was this station evil one all season.

    Comment by MIKE TRAMEL — June 12, 2008 @ 3:10 pm

  10. I’m not trying to convince anyone that Love can jump higher than Dorsey…he did at the Orlando draft camp. The results are at From everyone that has attended the workouts, DJ White has been the most impressive option at 28 so far. I’m just glad I was able to engage you in a somewhat logical conversation.

    Comment by Will Askew — June 13, 2008 @ 11:40 am

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