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Thursday, November 25th, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  24 responses

Grizzlies to Bring OJ Mayo off the Bench

OJ admits that he’s frustrated by the decision, but insists that he’s willing to do what the coach deems is best for the team. From the Commercial Appeal: “Hollins said his decision Wednesday to take guard O.J. Mayo out of the starting lineup is designed to give the team’s struggling bench scoring punch. Rookie Xavier Henry will start at shooting guard for the foreseeable future, although Hollins insisted the change isn’t permanent. ‘It’s difficult when you make these kinds of decisions because everybody reads more into it than they should,’ Hollins said. ‘I had a long talk with O.J. He’s fine and he’ll do well.’ Coming off the bench will allow Mayo to be featured more on offense, according to Hollins. Mayo won’t have to compete for shots with Zach Randolph and Rudy Gay or a more aggressive Mike Conley. Still, the move comes as Mayo is averaging a career-low 13.6 points on 39-percent shooting. Mayo acknowledged that the situation makes him unhappy because of his competitive nature. But the third-year guard said he’s prepared to put the team first. ‘I just want it to be a winning decision,’ Mayo said. ‘I don’t think anybody would be happy. I’m uncomfortable. But I’m a basketball player. I’m a professional. If it’s what’s best for the team, honestly, I’m definitely all for it. The team and winning are the priorities. I can put my feelings aside for what’s best for the team.’”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Dude just hasn’t been able to find his shot as of late…Started the season off pretty strong, then disappeared…

  • http://bugmarley.com LeoneL

    Hope coming off the bench would be good for Grocery List.

  • T-Money

    Of course, it’s a demotion – no matter how much spin Hollins puts on it. If he was scoring 22 a night, this would not be a dicussion.

  • neaorin

    Good scorer; team with weak bench; other good scoring options in the starting lineup needing shots… this also describes Dwyane Wade right now. Just saying.

  • ShadiestBen

    ^ thats true but Dwade is a proven All NBA / Championship winning superstar. Although that might be best for the team I would understand if Dwyane refused to do it (if he was asked).
    Miami has been his team and City since he was drafted, although he’s not there best player any more I don’t think thats changed.

  • http://yahoo.com lp

    I could see Mayo in the JAMAL Crawford position … he might boost his average….

  • http://Bulls.com C-Lo_The_Great

    Wonder if they are going to consider to trade him.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    interesting….

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    I don’t know any franchise player that comes off the bench.

  • http://shinefluidpt2@aol.com just Bcuz

    trade him asap

  • kb24mj23

    lol at Anton. That sounds familiar…

  • sirius black

    FREE OJ MAYO!!!

  • The Philosopher

    Let him run the point in Miami.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    FREE OJ. Like I said countless times before. The Heat should have drafted Mayo and they would have a good point guard right now. BOOK IT!!

  • Diesel

    Work a trade bulls

  • Chicken

    Smart move, with OJ in, Gay wont do all the work.

  • http://yahoo.com Eboy

    I think the Heat should bench Lebron for the rest of the season he could be like Lamar Odem.

  • bashmo

    There are a suprising amount of players this season shooting sub-40%…he is just One of the many.

  • Mas

    OJ Mayo for Wilson Chandler anyone?
    Any takers?

  • The Philosopher

    So, I thought this comment section was going to eventually evolve into something about how people see this kid as the next Kobe, and what not.
    Gtfoh.

  • tavoris

    I still don’t see how Mike Conley inspires such confidence in the Grizzlies organization.
    His pops has to be the best agent in the L right now.

  • jayamare

    Oj mayo and d rose in the same backcourt, lets make it happen.

  • Jrooks

    He should demand a trade it isnt his fault that he isnt scoring alot of points the team has to many scoring options.and he just isnt fitting in. He should go to the hornets

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