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Sports Reporter — Grantland
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A product of these Times-- LA and NY. Now at the WWL's I write letters that become words that become stories.

Stop Calling Mike Conley Jr. Underrated — It was halftime of a game five years ago, and Lionel Hollins was scolding Mike Conley. The Memphis Grizzlies coach was denouncing Conley's performance, peppering his language with expletives. Conley didn't think he'd played that poorly. The Grizzlies had been mildly out of sorts, fumbling their way to 11 turnovers in the first two quarters.

Everybody Loves Mike — When the Orlando Magic traded Mike Miller in 2003, Tracy McGrady's constant complaining about the deal irritated coach Doc Rivers. Miller had been McGrady's best friend on the team - and one of his best friends in general - when Orlando made Miller the centerpiece of a deal with Memphis for then-rookies Drew Gooden and Gordan Giricek.

Noah’s Spark " — Joakim Noah was 5 years old the first time his father, Yannick, gave him a tennis lesson. A crowd gathered as Yannick, a French sports icon, analyzed his son's strokes. After maybe 10 lessons, Joakim quit tennis.

Improving the Nuzzel iPhone App (with Pocket & Buffer) — It seems like longer, but the Nuzzel iPhone app launched only a few months ago. We were honored to have our app featured in the App Store, and so far the app has received over 80 ratings, with an average of 5 stars!

Josh Howard: No Regrets — After a season in the D-League, the former Dallas Mavericks All-Star looks back on his career and prepares to make one last push at earning back a spot in the NBA The jump shot seldom betrays the pure shooter. It is the rest of the body that, with age, breaks down like a car with too much mileage.

The Lean Launch Party — If you believe HBO's ridiculous "Silicon Valley" TV show, tech industry parties are both lavish and lame. On the show, these parties are extravagant affairs featuring nerdy engineers failing to enjoy performances by Kid Rock, Flo Rida, or Shakira. Back on Planet Earth, San Francisco startup parties can actually be both fun and inexpensive.

The Memphis Grind — A week inside Grizzlies HQ with coach Lionel Hollins Lionel Hollins has a message for his Memphis Grizzlies. And when he delivers it, there's no finessing - he goes right to the sledgehammer. A seemingly meaningless preseason loss to Chicago has irked Hollins, a coach who obsesses over improving the little things.

Like Magic " — Millions watched Shaun Livingston suffer one of the most gruesome injuries in NBA history - but the once-touted point guard is still in the league, and he isn't ready to give up yet They kept one of Frank Livingston's keys. The drill instructors told him to fasten the other around his neck with a piece of twine.

The Two Lives of Zach Randolph — How can a man with such a troubled past be so beloved? Examining the Grizzlies' impregnable, impressionable power forward. Zach Randolph isn't worried about whether his 14-year-old son, Zachariah, retraces his sizable basketball footsteps. "Basketball isn't everything," Randolph likes to tell him. Yes, he counsels him on the game.

Arvydas Sabonis’ Long, Strange Trip — He was a 7-3 mix of Bird, Maravich, and Kareem, but the question surrounding Arvydas Sabonis will always be "What if?" Bob Whitsitt could never get a straight answer on Arvydas Sabonis. In 1994, Whitsitt arrived in Portland and was tasked with remodeling an aging Trail Blazers roster.
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Feb 17, 2015

RT @erivera7: Per @BillSimmons, the oral history by @Jpdabrams on the mid-90's Magic will be up on @Grantland33 (maybe) in April. Stay tuned for that.

Jan 22, 2015

ICYMI: A profile of Mike Conley Jr. , who keeps progressing along with the @memgrizz

Jan 21, 2015

Mike Conley ( and Kyle Lowry (, ex teammates and point guards facing off right now

Jan 21, 2015

New Story: A profile of Mike Conley Jr. , who keeps progressing along with the @memgrizz

Jan 16, 2015

Wish we would have got that Kobe-LeBron finals in 2009

Jan 14, 2015

The comment that 'Rolando' leaves on the bottom of this post about LeBron is umm... well, just read it.

Jan 14, 2015

@jacobjbg you have no idea how long I've tried to get that one going

Jan 08, 2015

The Jeremy Tyler anecdote in this great Draymond Green story by @ThompsonScribe is priceless

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