Last week, we gave you part one of 3SOB.com’s exclusive offseason interview with Pete Pranica, the Grizzlies TV announcer. In this, the conclusion, Pete talks about what the Grizzlies need to consider as they approach the draft and free agency this summer. He also talks about his distaste for “flopping,” and in a couple of questions I asked from behind the camera, Pete shares why the talk of blowing up the team should stop and how Lionel Hollins established the team identity once and for all. Good stuff!
Took me longer than I intended to get this loaded, but I had a medical emergency in the family. All is looking up now, but it will throw you off schedule. Consequently, for both space and time sensitivity, some stuff got edited out. Briefly:
- One high point of Pete’s career was working the 2004 & 2008 Olympics: “The 2004 Olympics was in Athens and just 3 years after 9/11, so a lot of people were dropping out for security concerns. So you get to go to Athens. To do the Olympics! There’s just nothing cooler than that. And you’re listening to Dick Ebersol instill confidence, you’re there with Bob Costas, Rowdy Gaines, Dan Hicks and all these people, and you’re like . . . how did I get here? It was such a tremendous celebration.” Pete won’t be going because of the Comcast merger with NBC (Grizz games are broadcast by FoxSports), he won’t be participating in the 2012 Olympics in London.
- Pete said that OKC’s youth vs. San Antonio’s championship experience would make the Western Conference Finals “A coin-flip series that’s going seven games and homeport belongs to San Antonio.”
- Pete says that the reason veteran teams seemed to fare better in the lockout-shortened season was that the veterans knew they had to take care of their bodies. “They made sure they got massages, ice treatments, whatever. Whereas younger guys maybe thought they were indestructible and just go play. Basketball is a thinking man’s game, and that’s why veterans will be more productive. They may not be as fast or jump as high, but they’re going to be more productive because they have that experience.”
Thanks again to Pete, Ross Wooden and the Memphis Grizzlies for making it possible. We’re working to bring you more in the coming weeks!