Sports News: Grizzlies Tie Series, Holmgren Not Coaching Browns
Sports News: Grizzlies Tie Series
It was definitely quite an anticipated challenge but the Memphis Grizzlies were able to prove that despite the current level of performance of their rivals, they will still put a fight for that chance to conquer an NBA Championship Title.
The Grizzlies were able to tie their playoff series with a solid 111-105 away win over the powerful Oklahoma City Thunder this last Monday, April 21st, at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
It was in OT, but the Grizzlies still proved that this series is not a given for the Thunder. Zach Randolph was able to lead the Memphis squad by finishing the night with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists, followed by Mike Conley with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists.
According to Randolph this proves that the entire team is truly committed to accomplish this new challenge that lies in their path.
On the other hand, despite the powerful offensive strike, the Thunder was still struck at their home court.
It was Kevin Durant who once again led the squad with 36 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists, followed by Russell Westbrook with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Durant stated that the team simply let one go and that this will not happen again, specially with home court advantage.
Both teams will now meet at the FedEx this coming Thursday, April 24th, to play game 3 of the official 1st round Western Conference playoff series.
The Grizzlies now have a clear view of their own potential while the Thunder need to recover their offensive strike to gain the advantage in the series again.
Sports News: Holmgren Regrets Not Coaching Browns
According to former NFL coach Mike Holmgren, one of the things that he will always regret is the fact that he never coached the Cleveland Browns and in a recent interview, the veteran coach stated that indeed he should have. Still, the reasons why Holmgren never got to fill in the spot go beyond his preferences.
It was back in 2009 when Holmgren was hired as the Browns president. That same year he stood in favor of keeping coach Eric Mangini for the 2010-2011 NFL season.
Still, Mangini was let go after going 5-11 in two consecutive seasons, and Pat Shumur became his unsatisfactory replacement, going 9-23 in two years as well.
According to the coach he did wished back then to coach the squad but was retained by the impact his decision would cause in the administration.
Still, during his career Holmgren was able to go on for 161-111 and achieved three Super Bowl appearances, something he wishes he could have done with Cleveland.
Holmgren led the Green Bay Packers to winning Super Bowl XXXI and led them to the Super Bowl again in 1996.
He was also able to give the Seattle Seahawks their first Super Bowl appearance back in 2005. Holmgren claims he will always regret not having coached the Browns.
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