Archive for Sunday, June 26, 2011

Josh Selby lectured about maturity by Grizzlies coach and executives

June 26, 2011


Former Kansas University combo guard Josh Selby met with Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins and several team executives before addressing the media Friday afternoon at FedExForum.

According to the Memphis Commercial-Appeal, the Grizzlies’ second-round draft pick was lectured about “the need for his maturity to match his talent.”

“He says he’s not cocky. Well, I beg to differ,” Grizzlies assistant general manager Kenny Williamson told the Commercial-Appeal. “All players have egos. It’s how you carry it. And maybe he carried it a little differently. But right now, after talking to him, he’s been humbled.”

Noted coach Hollins: “He just has to come in and play to his talent level. If he plays to his ranking out of high school, he’ll make the team. But he obviously has to bring it from an off-the-court perspective. He may be immature, but if he’s willing to work and grow, I’ll have no problem. We’re about professionalism and about playing hard. He doesn’t seem like a guy who doesn’t compete. That won’t be an issue.”

Selby, who missed the first nine games of the 2010-11 season because of an NCAA suspension and later was slowed by a foot injury en route to averaging 7.9 points and 2.2 assists per game, told the Baltimore Sun he was “very surprised” to have been taken by Memphis at No. 49 overall.

“I didn’t have any contact with them (before draft),” said Selby.

As to why Selby waited so long for his name to be called, there were rumors that he had not fully recovered from the foot injury he sustained at KU and also possibly had weak knees to go with character concerns.

“I don’t know what happened, and I don’t really know why I slipped so far,” Selby told his hometown Baltimore Sun. “I don’t really want to get into that anymore. I was just happy to have my name called, and now I’m just going to make the best of my situation.”

Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace said KU coach Bill Self gave Selby a glowing recommendation, while Grizzlies team doctors said the 6-3 guard is completely healthy.

Former NBA player/Baltimore native Sam Cassell, who played for assistant GM Williamson at Florida State, also spoke highly of Selby to Grizzlies officials.

“Sam believes he’s a good kid, and that he’s a gym rat,” Williamson told the Sun. “He believes Josh will come in here and work. I trust Sam, so until he proves otherwise, that’s what I’m going to go with. Perception is a heck of a thing. You know how they say possession is 9/10ths of the law? Well, perception is 9/10ths of reality. I believe the kid has been miscast.”

Jayhawks on Grizzlies: Selby joins former KU players Darrell Arthur and Xavier Henry on the Grizzlies’ roster. The Baltimore Sun also points out the Memphis team has a distinctive Maryland flavor. Rudy Gay, like Selby, is a native of Baltimore. Greivis Vasquez played four years at Maryland, while Sam Young won two Maryland state championships at Friendly High in Prince George’s County.

Marcus compares himself to Melo: The Houston Chronicle mentioned Saturday that Rockets’ first-round draft pick Marcus Morris of KU has compared himself to New York Knicks’ phenom Carmelo Anthony, “because I’m a midrange king.”

On Friday at his introductory news conference, Morris cracked: “I’m not going to take after him on the defensive side.”

Hearing that, new Rockets coach Kevin McHale warned Morris: “They have TVs all over,” the implication that Anthony might hear the rookie's comments about his defense on the tube.

Markieff on his shooting range: The Arizona Republic newspaper on Saturday pointed out that first-round Phoenix Suns draft pick Markieff Morris of KU hit 25 of 59 threes last season, not bad for a 6-foot-10 player.

“I had to change my shot a little bit,” Morris told the paper. “I had to shoot higher, I (had been) shooting more direct. And I was just getting older and having the green light to shoot the three.”

Asked about his toughness, Morris credited mom, Angel.

“She made me tough,” Markieff told the paper. “Growing up in Philly, it was tough, and that’s one thing I’ll always remember, where I’m from.”


mae 6 years, 10 months ago

I like 'Kieffs comments a lot more than mc. He thinks before speaking.

slmck 6 years, 10 months ago

I like Marcus alot as a person and a player. I think he needs to just be quiet and let his play do the talking. As for Selby, all I can say is "good luck" Memphis.

somebodynew 6 years, 10 months ago

Gee, I don't know - - you think Josh could have gotten some of that "maturity" by staying a few years with HCBS???? Of course, he would have had to buy into that "system" and not think the world revolved around him.

squawkhawk 6 years, 10 months ago

Obviously Self didn't do his job with Selby. And maybe Marcus could have used a lecture about maturity too. Neither one have proven themselves at the next level but both seem to think they are the chosen ones. I guess this is what KU BB is all about these days...sad!

somebodynew 6 years, 10 months ago

Sorry squawk - I put a lot of blame on the players themselves. Self didn't have any time to "do his job" with Selby. He was suspended, then "hurt" and then (from his body language anyhow) decided he was done until the pros. Now I do place some blame on the people who were "helping" him and in his head, but that obviously wasn't the coach.

As to Marcus - well I think he is much better than when he came, but you know some of it is like raising children - you can only do so much. If they chose to ignore the good training, not much you can do.

And if you are going to "squawk" about Self taking these kinds - first he doesn't have much to chose from and second, listen to the doom and gloom crowd about this next years team and how we don't have any big time players. Can't win for losing it seems if you are the HC.

Mike Ford 6 years, 10 months ago

must behave and be a good minority person is the code langauge being spoken. Wilt Chamberlain probably heard the same racist bs coming from Philly to Lawrence in the late 1950's.

TopJayhawk 6 years, 10 months ago

That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard......

Victim much?

Kendall Simmons 6 years, 10 months ago

It cracks me up how many people were on Tom Keegan the other day when Keegan referred to Selby's need to improve his body language. Now we have the Assistant GM of the pro team Selby was drafted by saying the same thing. I wonder if anyone will apologize to Keegan. Probably not.

Kontum1972 6 years, 10 months ago

who cares they dont play here just send the check to the Willians Fund Thx!

1029 6 years, 9 months ago

I bet we see Selby in a Dakota Wizards jersey by March 2012.

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