“They’re not gonna rook us” just became a favorite catchphrase and will probably end up on the shirts of Grizzlies fans for GM3 in Memphis.
After the Grizzlies GM2 loss to the Spurs, first year coach David Fizdale went on a long and awesome rant about the officiating and how his team of grit and grinders doesn’t get the respect they deserve.
“I’m not gonna let them treat us that way. I know Pop’s got pedigree and I’m a young rookie, but they’re not gonna rook us.” Said Fizdale. “That’s unacceptable. That’s unprofessional. My guys dug in that game and earned the right to be in that game. And they did not even give us a chance. Take that for data!”
The data he’s pissed about is the Spurs taking 32 free throws while his team took just 15, which is four less than Kawhi Leonard’s attempt. And all 15 of those free-throw attempts were taken by just three Grizzlies: Marc Gasol (4-4), Mike Conley (4-5) and James Ennis (5-6).
“It’s unfortunate that I’ve got a guy like Mike Conley that in his whole career has got zero technical fouls and just cannot seem to get the proper respect from the officials that he deserves,” Fizdale added. “It was a very poorly officiated basketball game.
“Zach Randolph, the most rugged guy in the game, had zero free throws,” Fizdale said as he stared down at the box score from Monday’s game. “But somehow, Kawhi Leonard had 19 free throws. First half, we shot 19 shots in the paint, and we had six free throws. They shot 11 times in the paint, and they had 23 free throws. I’m not a numbers guy, but that doesn’t seem to add up. Overall, 35 times we shot the ball in the paint. We had 15 free throws for the game. They shot 18 times in the paint and had 32 free throws. Kawhi shot more free throws than our whole team. Explain it to me.
“We don’t get the respect that these guys deserve because Mike Conley doesn’t go crazy. He has class, and he just plays the game. But I’m not gonna let them treat us that way. I know Pop’s got pedigree, and I’m a young rookie. But they’re not gonna rook us. That’s unacceptable. That was unprofessional. Our guys dug in that game and earned the right to be in that game. And they did not even give us a chance.”
Fizdale then had his drop the mic moment by slamming a pen on the table and saying, “Take that for data.”
I wouldn’t be surprised if had to pick up a pen in the next 24 hours to write a check to the league.
Meanwhile, Popovich was all smiles and being classic pop after going up 2-0…