Memphis believes in Mike Conley

Grizzlies point guard goes a long way with a little faith early in his career

Originally Published: May 13, 2013
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

The most common narrative is that the Memphis Grizzlies closed their eyes and said a prayer when they gave Mike Conley a five-year, $45 million contract extension in the fall of 2010.

But the real leap, the one that mattered, came long before they ever had reason to have faith.

Lionel Hollins knew little about Conley when he took over as head coach of the woeful Grizzlies in January of 2009. He had a long history with the franchise, having twice served as an assistant and interim ...

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