The Memphis Grizzlies Are a Lost Franchise

Waleed ErshadCorrespondent ISeptember 9, 2009

If you're a Memphis Grizzlies fan, I feel sorry for you.

Your luck is almost as bad as Los Angeles Clippers fans' luck.  But hey, fans in LA can just turn to the other team in their city, the Lakers.

Fans in Memphis cannot.

Let's check up on our Grizzlies history:

0 is the number of total playoff victories they have--ever.

1 is the number of all-stars they have ever had.

3 is the number of times the Grizzlies have won 28 or more games in the history of their franchise.  Also, those 3 seasons are the only times they have made the playoffs.

12 is the number of straight playoff games the Grizzles have lost.  It is the current longest streak in the NBA.

13 is the number of years the team has been in existence.

Things aren't expected to get any better.

As a NBA fan, sometimes I wonder how stupid and idiotic some NBA front offices are.  The Grizzlies' front office is one of them.

Let's rewind a bit.

After a terrible, yet expected 22-60 end to the 07-08 season, the Grizzlies found themselves with the 5th pick in the 2008 NBA draft.

At that point, they actually impressed me by trading their pick (Kevin Love) and a couple of pieces for the Minnesota Timberwolves' pick (OJ Mayo) and a couple of pieces.

It turned out quite well for the Grizzles as Mayo went on to have a particularly productive rookie season with averages of 18.5 PPG, 3.2 APG, and 3.5 RPG on his way to 2nd in ROY voting.

That fast forwards us to the end of last season.

The Grizzlies are looking quite good, despite their 24-58 record.

Now-a-days you either want to be a contender or a team with a young and upcoming nucleus.

They had a young developing core in Rudy Gay, OJ Mayo, Marc Gasol, and Mike Conley Jr.

Also, lady luck hands them the second pick in the upcoming 2009 NBA draft.

Okay Memphis, let's see what you can do.

Hasheem Thabeet?

Hmmmmmm...not my first choice, but I'll give you the benefit of the doubt Memphis' front office.  I mean, you are the professionals, right?

Then it all starts to break down.

They trade for F/C Zach Randoplh and just recently we are informed of their signing of G Allen Iverson.

There cannot be a combination of two more deadlier team-cancers in the entire history of the NBA.

Both are horrible influences off the court and a drag to play with on the court.

Both are effective only with the ball and therefore demand it, a lot.

What are OJ Mayo and Rudy Gay to do?  How is their development going to come if they cannot touch the basketball?

When things finally started to look as if they were making some sense in Memphis, the team's front office, the professionals, decided they had a better idea.

The Memphis Grizzlies are going nowhere anytime soon.