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Not the Time for Ego

Posted by Erik on January 5, 2008

Damon Stoudamire wants out of the Memphis Grizzlies. Why? Apparently because Mike Conley Jr. finally took the starting point guard position away from him. (Read More) Whatever happened to the kind and helpful Point Guard veteran who took the young rookie under his wing? Was his “mentorship” merely an act? Whatever the truth behind the issue is, his agent has gone public and has dished out more disappointing statements than his client has dished assists.

“For the Grizzlies to demote Damon because of his age and because of the team’s record is unacceptable,” Goodwin said. “They’re going to have to do right by Damon – move to get him out of there or restructure his contract so he can be bought out. Mr. Heisley is a good, compassionate man. But we’re not going to sit back and watch Damon’s career rot.”

They’re not going to sit back and watch his career rot? Come on Aaron (Godwin), wake up and smell the formaldehyde! Your client’s career has been in necrosis over the last 3 years. There was a clean way to do things. I don’t feel there was a need to air out dirty laundry this way.

Damon and his agent could have approached the Memphis head office and kept this as an internal matter. His agent is only serving to further damage Damon’s image with all of his inflammatory statements. He’s adding a selfish light to his client’s perceived disposition. Just remember Aaron…

” There is no “I” in TEAM. “

and FYI, basketball is a TEAM sport.

All the same, it does favor the Grizzlies management to ship off Damon. It’s about time to head to the drawing board and begin rebuilding anyway. Mike Conley may be the team’s point guard of the future and this may be an opportunity to speed up his learning process and let him acclimate to PRO ball ASAP.

Health permitting, Damon may a have a couple of seasons left in him. The question will still remain, however, whether or not those may be considered as productive seasons. . .

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4 Responses to “Not the Time for Ego”

  1. Jon said

    There is a “me” in team though. Apparently, Damon has no time to mentor anybody. This should be the time in his career when he starts laying the foundation for coaching. That’s the model for declining point guards. Damon either never got the memo or isn’t coaching material. I’m guessing both.

  2. Erik said

    It’s just sad that the picture being painted in the Grizzly camp early on was that of Damon appearing like a “helpful big brother” to Mike. Now it seems that there is an absence of the spirit of wanting to impart knowledge and experience to his younger teammates. Frankly, I really doubt that Damon IS coaching material.

    Let’s face it, his career’s peak has come and gone. He should be getting ready for more team-oriented roles.

    I’m disappointed in his agent’s statements. They tarnish Damon’s “Mighty Mouse” image making him look more like a selfish RAT instead.

  3. Jon said

    Agreed Erik. Damon isn’t coaching material, but to me, it even goes beyond that to the definition of the word “professional”.

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