Veteran Guards Derrick Rose And Marcus Smart Join Memphis Grizzlies To Restore Discipline And Defense

Photo: Instagram/Derrick Rose

The Grizzlies' recent acquisitions of Derrick Rose and Marcus Smart mark a significant transformation for the Memphis team, which faced off-court issues during the last NBA season.

Their addition brings a fresh perspective to the squad. Memphis, once filled with promise, saw its season unravel piece by piece earlier this year, leaving fans pondering the warning signs.

With stars like Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, and Jaren Jackson Jr., the Grizzlies looked exceptionally talented. At one point, they even shared the best record in the Western Conference with the eventual NBA champions, the Denver Nuggets.

Photo: Instagram/Marcus Smart

Behind the scenes, however, there were concerning incidents. Reports emerged of confrontations involving Morant, allegations of threats towards a mall security officer and a teenager, and even Morant flashing a gun on social media, resulting in his suspension for 25 games. The team lacked discipline.

Enter Derrick Rose and Marcus Smart, two veteran guards who not only offer valuable mentorship for Morant but also bring defensive prowess and playmaking skills. Smart's Defensive Player of the Year award-winning abilities will fill the gap left by Dillon Brooks, and Rose is eager to demonstrate his high-level play.

Both players emphasize their roles as contributors, not babysitters, indicating their commitment to helping the team succeed. With a youthful squad in Memphis, the presence of experienced veterans is invaluable.

Rose, who has faced his own challenges and accusations in the past, understands the importance of mentorship within a team. He believes that young players require guidance from true veterans, a role he and Smart are ready to fulfill.

As Memphis matures and embraces accountability, the Grizzlies could find themselves back in contention sooner than expected.

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Source: Sports Illustrated


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