Monday at FedExForum was Media Day. Grizzlies players talked about adding muscle and losing fat and sports writers talked about the opposite. But it was good to have everyone back together again, taking a quick look back and a long look ahead.
The look back: losing Game 7 in the first round of the playoffs at Oklahoma City. “We had it in our hands,” forward Zach Randolph said.
Actually, the NBA sort of took it out of their hands by suspending Z-Bo for that game because they thought he got too rough with the Thunder’s Steven Adams. But that’s old business. Looking ahead: Before the 82-game regular season, before the preseason, there is training camp. It starts Tuesday in San Diego.
The Grizzlies are aiming for a fifth straight postseason appearance. They begin by spending four days on the West Coast and the theory for these excursions is that it speeds the bonding process while limiting distractions.
“Work is work,” Randolph said. “No matter where you’re at.”
So the Grit and Grind starts in California. The chief goal this season: getting off to a better start than last season.
“Everybody’s done a pretty good job to stay in shape and be ready,” said center Marc Gasol, proclaiming the knee he injured last season a non-issue now. “Everybody’s healthy. I’m excited. I’m real excited.”