I get the
impression that the Grizzlies want Pau Gasol to be something he isn't. He is
not a tough guy, and he is not a physical presence. He's more of a finesse
player who will get his share of rebounds because he happens to be tall. . . .
Darko Milicic can be a starter for a playoff team. He's a 7-footer who has
gotten wider, and he can catch and shoot. He doesn't play hard enough at both
ends, and he's not an instantly aggressive player, but if you run a play for
him, he's tough to stop. If he gets fouled, he can shoot free throws. He's also
a very good passer. . . . Their biggest weakness last year was at point guard,
but with Kyle Lowry healthy and Mike Conley�Jr. on board, they have an
inexperienced but talented pair they can draw from. I don't see Damon
Stoudamire as the answer there. Unless he recovers all of his quickness, he
won't be able to go by anybody, so you can play on top of him and take away his
shooting. And a long-armed defender can suffocate Stoudamire's passing and make
it difficult for him to make plays.
Memphis opponents padded their defensive stats in games against the Grizzlies,
who had their shots blocked (5.48 per game) and the ball stolen (8.3 times per
game) more often than any other team.