First, the easy part. If the Memphis Grizzlies defeat the Suns in Phoenix tonight the Grizzlies clinch a playoff berth and the Suns are, well, officially set.
Memphis is currently 48-32; the Suns are 47-33. The Grizzlies hold the tiebreaker over the Suns, which would come into play (in the Grizzlies’ favor) in the event they lost at Phoenix and then both teams lost their final game of the season (the Grizzlies to Dallas and the Suns to Sacramento). If they both finish 48-34, the Grizzlies are in.
Got all that?
A win tonight over the Suns takes away pressure and just leaves possibility. The Dallas Mavericks-Grizzlies showdown is on Wednesday at FedExForum. If the Grizzlies beat the Suns, then the winner of the Memphis-Dallas game gets the 7 seed and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round. The loser would get the 8 seed and the San Antonio Spurs in the first round.
But the Grizzlies are not home-free yet, either.
Dallas has clinched a spot and has just the game in Memphis remaining. Should the Suns beat the Grizzlies and then the Kings with the Grizzlies then losing to the Mavs, the Suns would leap over Memphis with a 49-33 record. The Grizzlies and their 48-34 record then would be off to beaches and golf courses.
There is also an outside shot at moving up to 6 — the Grizzlies win both games and the Golden State Warriors lose to Minnesota and at Denver. Unlikely, but not impossible.
This season, seemingly nothing is impossible.
Two Memphians have been honored as top “50 under 40” emerging leaders in social enterprise.
The Social Enterprise Alliance, in conjunction with the American Express Foundation, have put out their list of movers and shakers in the social enterprise world, and Brit Fitzpatrick, founder and CEO of MentorMe, and Sarah Petschonek, founder and executive director of Volunteer Odyssey, both made the list.
MentorMe is a cloud-based platform built for mentoring programs. Volunteer Odyssey connects job-seekers with volunteer opportunities.
Nice to see national recognition being given to deserving Memphians.
Coach Cal has a book coming out on Tax Day.
“Players First: Coaching From the Inside Out,” was written by Calipari and Michael Sokolove. The Amazon page for the book has a fawning quote from President Clinton: “If you are a college basketball fan like I am, you’ll understand why I’ve long admired John Calipari’s leadership style. While no coach treasures a win more than John, this terrific book reveals his greater purpose—to lead his young players to better lives, and then challenge them to give back to others.”
Probably not going to be much in here about Memphis, judging from the Amazon description:
“In ‘Players First,’ John Calipari relates for the first time anywhere his experiences over his first four years coaching the Kentucky Wildcats, college basketball’s most fabled program, from the doldrums to a national championship, drawing lessons about leadership, character, and the path to personal and collective victory.
At its core, Calipari’s coaching philosophy centers on keeping his focus on the players—what they need to get the best out of themselves and one another. He is beloved by his players for being utterly honest with them and making promises that he always keeps, no matter what…”
Rather than renew the lease to its cinema inside the Wolfchase Galleria mall when it ends in 2017, Malco has decided to replace it by building a new cinema on U.S. 64, west of Houston Levee Road.
Malco spokeswoman Karen Scott said it’s a result of the Memphis-based theatre chain preferring to build free-standing facilities moving forward, rather than as it’s done at Wolfchase operate inside someone else’s facility.
“The Highway 64 corridor is the right place for our future theatre, and the property has been in the family for decades, waiting for the right time,” she said.
Malco’s Wolfchase cinema had been a major tenant of the mall for years but has for a while now been showing more older movies, as opposed to new releases that fill the screens at its other properties.