Dear Mr. Wallace,
I find myself battling a barrage of emotions today. After seeing your recent comments regarding the state of the Memphis Grizzlies, I am disheartened, sad, and angry all at the same time. This quote in particular triggered this emotional roller coaster.
“We are not just looking to make the playoffs,” Wallace says. “We want to do damage there. We’ve played well against top teams. I know it’s not the same as winning, but we have gone down with dignity against them in the playoffs. Maybe one year the playoff gods will shine upon us. Everybody can dream, all right?”
How can you speak so callously about our team, implying that what we need is a large amount of luck to succeed?
This team. This city. These are not things that were built on the hope of luck or fortune. Why do you think the whole city took up the cry of “All Heart, Grit, Grind” alongside OUR team? Why would the whole city rally around such players as Tony Allen and Zach Randolph, the previously underappreciated guys who became the soul of Memphis? This team, the Grizzlies of Memphis, is more than just a basketball team. This team IS the City of Memphis. It is a unifying force that is hard to find anywhere. It brings together a city with a painful past of racial injustice, income inequality, and prejudice. It offers people a refuge for two and a half hours at a time and brings together people that otherwise would never cross paths. It offers us a place to cheer, #Believe, and Grind.
So I ask of you Mr. Wallace, please take your job and this team seriously, because WE sure do.
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