Are the Memphis Grizzlies trying to be the Miami Dolphins?

Aside from both recently being at the bottom of their respective sports barrels, the Grizzlies and Dolphins do share a peculiar similarity. If you remember back to 2008 (the year when the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII) the Dolphins had a lot of alumni involved in that year's postseason, most notably Wes Welker and Junior Seau on the favored Patriots and Sam Madison on the Giants. Okay so what? Who gives a nut?

This year in the NBA playoffs, the matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets notably features three players previously known best for being Memphis Grizzlies: Kyle Lowry, Shane Battier, and Pau Gasol. This shouldn't seem like such a big deal, but how many former Magic players are involed in this series? Brian Cook, that's about it and one former New York Knick Trevor Ariza for example, so clearly to have three from the same former team is a little odd.

Then throw into the idea that the Grizzlies were about as inept this past season as the Miami Dolphins were when they only finished with a single win in the 2007-2008 NFL season. Each team clearly had talent, but it was talent that could only go on to success in another system with established stars like Brady, Kobe, and Yao already there to make them better. If by some chance the Lakers do win thanks to Pau Gasol aka Sam Madison in a stunning upset the way the Giants beat the Patriots thanks to Eli Manning aka Kobe Bryant, it will probably be some underused, weird looking, no name on the Lakers who pulls a David Tyree to beat the Rockets, I'm looking at you Adam Morrison!

If this is a sign the Grizzlies have a lot in common with the Dolphins then it could mean the Grizzlies are set for a spike in success like the Dolphins experienced. Then again the Dolphins released Welker, Seau and Madison whereas the Grizzlies traded away Lowry, Battier, and Gasol in deals that gave them Rudy Gay. The Grizzlies are kind of like the Kansas City Royals to further compare teams from completely different sports. They do have a lot of young talent to go places, but they have to defeat years of failure and disappointment like the Rays did, perhaps they need a name change. Are there a lot of Grizzly Bears in Tennessee? Do they like country music?

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