A Weekend With The Hustle: Four Things from Memphis Hustle Opening Weekend

Memphis Hustle open the season 1-1

November 06, 2017 - 7:31 am

There’s a new show in town. The Memphis Hustle, Memphis Grizzlies G-League affiliate, kicked off their inaugural season this weekend at Landers Center in Southaven.  In two thrilling fast paced contest, the Hustle split their weekend games with Sioux Falls & Salt Lake City. I spent the weekend in Southaven and there was a legitmate buzz in the air for Memphis Hustle basketball.

Here are four things from Memphis Hustle opening weekend:

Fan Friendly Enivorment 

Walking into Landers Center for the first time the message was clear. The Memphis Hustle organization wanted to create an experience. From the moon bounce, to the corn hole board, to the high speed on court action, fans of all ages will find their vice. The level of engagement is not one you would find at an NBA game. Fans are allowed to walk on-court to get a hands on feel to the Hustle.

High Quality Basketball 

The narrative of G-League basketball being “lower level” was squashed from tip off. To compare it to college basketball is a disservice. These guys are professionals. The level of athleticism and skill displayed this weekend can only be found on a NBA court. Coach Cyprien & the Hustle organization have put together a talented young squad that Southaven will be able to rally around.      

Ben Mclemore Debuts

One luxury of having a G-League team in close proximity to the NBA squad is the AAA baseball style assignments. The Grizzlies will be able to send players recovering from injury 20 min down the road to kick off the rust before re-joining the NBA team.

The long awaited debut of Grizzlies free- agent signing G Ben Mclemore happened this weekend in Southaven. He finished with 8 points, 2 rebounds, & 2 steals in 18 minutes of action. 

“The Grizzlies of Tomorrow”

This weekend was an impressive start for the Grizzlies two picks of the 2017 NBA Draft. 

Ivan Rabb: 18 points, 13.5 rebounds in his first 2 G-League starts. 

Kobi Simmons: 19 points, 2.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists in his first two G-League starts.

Next game: vs. Rio Grande Valley at 7PM

- Devin Walker, 92.9 ESPN

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