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Reports of Friction Emerge In Memphis

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After a rough start, the Grizzlies have recovered and are currently just one of six teams in the Western Conference with a winning record. Despite that, things with the team still seem uncertain.

Memphis is 4-4 since Thanksgiving, and while that’s rarely notable (for good or bad), it hasn’t been a typical stretch of .500 ball. The four losses have been by 15, 20, 37 and 24 points, while the four wins were won by 20 points combined.

In a pair of tweets, ESPN’s Marc Stein notes that some friction exists between coach Dave Joerger and Joe Abadi, who according to Stein wields major power within the organization (despite not being listed in the team’s official online directory).

Local reporter Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal pumped the brakes a bit, noting management won’t make any rash decisions.

Regardless of what happens, reports of friction would seem to be less than shocking after Joerger and the team nearly split after the 2014 season, with Joerger’s departure to Minnesota going far enough that compensation was discussed.

As for the current situation, while no change appears to be imminent on the sideline, the starting lineup did receive a shakeup, as stalwart Zach Randolph came off the bench Sunday night in Miami.

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