One of two things is true.
- Josh Pastner is guilty of an ongoing heinous sexual assault.
- Josh Pastner is guilty of letting absolute maniacs deep inside his Memphis program over the course of his final few years in the Bluff City.
But remember folks, Pastner left the program in great shape!
My money is on #2 above, by the way.
The statement from Pastner’s lawyer (courtesy of our good friend Gary Parrish) is pretty unequivocal:
The following is a statement from Josh Pastner’s lawyer, Scott Tompsett. pic.twitter.com/F5URlORoXD
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) February 8, 2018
Again, even if the accuser in this instance is completely lying, it only serves to confirm what we already knew about Pastner at Memphis: his ability to assemble a roster of highly ranked recruits was entirely undermined by his amazing ineptitude at running a successful program.
Let’s not forget the details:
- 10 of 17 signees between 2009 and 2015 transferred out of the program.
- Literally every season was marred by numerous suspensions and team drama.
- One transferee (Austin Nichols) threatened to sue the school in a statement from a lawyer that actually cited the “dysfunctional” basketball staff at Memphis.
- Pastner hired and fired his own brother in law, himself also quite possibly a maniac.
- By the end, he had to resort to (legally) bribing the father of prized recruits in order to keep talent on the roster.
- Yet it wasn’t enough to keep winning – as the team failed to reach the postseason 2 years in a row.
But again, folks, remember – this was a GREAT situation Tubby Smith inherited.
No cultural problems at all.
Nothing to see here.
The fact that it isn’t fixed by year two is a travesty.
No Tyreke Trade
Speaking of nothing to see here, the NBA trade deadline came and went and Tyreke Evans is still a Memphis Grizzly.
Fans are understandably upset.
One of two things is true in this situation as well:
- The Grizzlies front office has no idea what they are doing.
- The Grizzlies front office has completely failed at communicating to their fan base what they are doing.
I suspect it’s the former, because #2 really shouldn’t be hard.
The Grizzlies are flailing – and the local fan base is getting restless.
Tough times in Round Town.