Monday, November 16th, 2009 at 9:30 am  |  23 responses

Jamaal Tinsley is a Memphis Grizzly

The Grizzlies signed Tinsley, in a move that may signal the end of the very short Allen Iverson Era in Memphis (though management says that’s not the case): “Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace oversees a team that is shaky at the point and has little to no leadership in the locker room. The hope is that veteran floor general Jamaal Tinsley provides an upgrade in both of those areas.  Wallace insisted Saturday that signing Tinsley to a one-year, veteran’s minimum deal had nothing to do with Allen Iverson’s weeklong leave of absence due to personal reasons. Either way, Iverson still isn’t with the team and starting point guard Mike Conley entered Saturday’s game against Minnesota as the weakest link to a 1-8 start to the season. ‘We just felt that (Tinsley’s) experience and playmaking ability could be of benefit to us,’ Wallace said. “So we reached out to him. … He’s an accomplished playmaker. We felt that it was a chance to buy some insurance at that position.”‘

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  • http://hoopmixtape.ning.com/ Simon S.Y Lawy

    seriously, i’ve no idea what da heck is Grizzlies front office tryin’ to do.

  • http://www.clutchfans.com/ Blue

    They needed a reliable player and BROUGHT IN Tinsley?! I think I’ve officially seen it all…

  • neaorin

    Oh god… why not sign Marbury as well while you’re at it.

  • cramzy

    do they know jamaal tinsley? The ai signing and zbo trade makes a lot of since now…Chris Wallace needs street cred..gotta be it…

  • Michael

    little to no leadership in the locker room, he will fit right in! jamaal and zach together…finally!

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    The Griz have given up on winning so they are building a team that will work well for a reality t.v. show.

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    They tried for Marbury but he’s too busy sitting in the wrong seats at knicks games.

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    They tried for Marbury but he’s too busy sitting in the wrong seats at knicks games and getting ready for his big come-back next year.

  • tavoris

    at least they are starting to see that Conley isn’t the answer at PG.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    You know, AI is being the biggest punk right now, being paid millions and “not going to work.” And as for Conley, I never saw him as a starting point guard (in the NBA) to begin with.

  • Michael Scorn

    I’m still voting Iverson to start in the All-Star game.

  • Hoodsnake

    WHAAAAAAAAAT? Wasent Steve Francis available? Oh and apparently JR Rider wouldnt mind coming off the bench…

  • J-RO

    im with michael im voting for AI in da all star game

  • cramzy

    @hoodsnake they had Steve Franchise last year if I’m not mistaken…and yeah I still voted for AI in the ASG as well.

  • http://fdjksl.com Jukai

    Simon S.Y Lawy Posted: Nov.16 at 9:35 am
    seriously, i’ve no idea what da heck is Grizzlies front office tryin’ to do.

  • Edoardo

    Damn,the grizz will never win anithing but, last year signed DMiles and now The Abuser….what a GM!…..
    can’t wait for Smush and Booger Smith replacing Mayo and Conley!

  • ciroqobama

    The Grizz are like the classic Jailblazers, except they’re not good.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    lol…now trade Gasol Mayo and Gay for Al Harrington Eddy Curry and Jared Jefries and your GM of the year!

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Looking through the article, it noted that Tinsley wouldn’t be guaranteed a starting spot (with Conely as the weakest link 1 through 8…ya think?), but it would be an “open invitation” to work his way into it. My thought is that if he gets an “open invitation” for the opportunity to start, it would have been a GIVEN that A.I. should have started….
    what is up with Memphis (and Golden State no less)?

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre
  • Shem

    was jamaal tinsley not up and coming 3 years ago?

  • tavoris

    Dacre, also note that Memphis said that this signing had nothing to do with Iverson’s future (altho he was waived the next day). Does ANYBODY these days takes the NBA media machine (and their perpetual “damage control”) to heart?

  • tavoris

    furthermore, any coach (Hollins) who hasn’t told his players their roles IS NOT DOING HIS JOB.