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Friday, December 17th, 2010 at 12:15 pm  |  11 responses

Michael Heisley Provided OJ Mayo a Boost of Confidence

The man who signs OJ‘s checks recently let him know that despite his struggles (and inevitable trade rumors), the team is behind him 100%. From the Commercial Appeal: “[Michael Heisley] spent three days in Memphis earlier this week and initiated a private meeting with Mayo, a two-year starter asked to be a reserve scorer during his third NBA season. Mayo, who has found an offensive groove as of late, will play off the bench for the 14th time when the Griz put up their four-game winning streak against the Houston Rockets tonight in the Toyota Center. Naturally disappointed at first, Mayo has shown professionalism and maturity in adjusting to his new role. Mayo said the chat with Heisley gave him more motivation. ‘It was very positive,’ Mayo said of his meeting with Heisley. ‘He said he had no interest in trading me and he thought moving me to the bench was best for the team, which I agreed with. I have a great relationship with (Heisley) and Mr. Gene Bartow (president of Hoops LP, the Grizzlies’ business arm). It’s always cool when you have important and well-respected guys rooting for you. It’s a boost of confidence. They’re pretty much on my side even though I’ve struggled.’ Heisley wanted to reassure Mayo as trade rumors began to swirl over the past week. Internet reports have speculated that Mayo could be headed to New York, based on unnamed sources close to Mayo’s family. Also, several NBA teams recently inquired about Mayo’s availability based on his move to the bench.”

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  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Hey masses,
    is Mayo still the “next Kobe?”

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Oh.

  • tavoris

    “We have no interest in trading you” means “we’re gonna take any fiscally responsible offer for you, because we just overpaid for Conley and Gay, and will HAVE to pay for Gasol.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    “Best case scenario, he’s a cross between Kobe and Jason Kidd. Yeah, I said it.”
    Said by me, on this website, in March 2007. He has arguably not reached the best case just yet.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Ron Harper and Eddie Jones.

  • OvaChicken

    & Rose is a cross between Marbury & Iverson right now. Said by me on this Website , Dec 2010.

  • JL

    @ryan, I don’t think he has even reached the base case now.

  • bnets

    OJ Mayo to the Nets for a bag of chips maybe

  • http://studmuff73.blog.com/ Zabba

    What does OJ Mayo bring to the court? Shoots a lot and misses a lot? They shoulda kept A.I., at least then they’ll put some asses on the seats.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    For his career (191 games thus far), OJ Mayo is averaging 17.2 ppg on 44% shooting. Just for example, that’s a higher ppg and higher shooting percentage than Kobe Bryant posted in his first 200 games.
    OJ’s obviously struggling right now, and he’s obviously never going to be as good as Kobe, but to imply he’s been a failure as an NBA player is patently absurd.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    I actually feel for the kid in a way. He had a lot riding on making it to The League as well as being a success in it.
    In my opinion, he looks gassed. He looks like he has some things on his mind. He looks like he is going through some kind of “motions”, so to speak.
    I mean, this kid has potential to be very, VERY good. He, I think, will be alright. He seems to be handling this deal quite tactfully. That shall surely help his cause as he gets older, and is in need of a job in basketball when he’s done playing.

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