From: Memphis Commercial Appeal
Damon Stoudamire's agent was doing the negotiating for the free-agent guard's future.
The options were narrowing to a few teams and Stoudamire hadn't even considered the Grizzlies.
But as agent Aaron Goodwin began talking to Griz president Jerry West, Stoudamire talked to former NBA star Terrell Brandon.
"It's really funny," Stoudamire said, unleashing a healthy laugh, "how this all happened."
He trusted what Brandon had to say about Griz coach Mike Fratello.
He trusted what Goodwin received from Griz president Jerry West.....
...Stoudamire may not enter tonight's game against his former team, the Portland Trail Blazers, with eye-popping numbers. But he has no regrets after leaving his hometown as a free agent to join the Griz on a blind leap of faith.
........If you are judging Stoudamire on his second-lowest career averages of 9.9 points and 4.6 assists then you don't understand why he no longer answers to Mighty Mouse.
They call him "Bigs" in these parts............
................."Some of the things that went on in Portland for me personally, and collectively, you want them back," Stoudamire said. "But the best thing about America is that America loves success stories. It's not how you fall but it's how you get off that canvas and bounce back.
"The last two years in Portland, the way I was able to bounce back ... you don't have to like me but you can't do anything but respect me. (His troubles) were all off the floor. I've never been a cancer in the locker room and I've always tried to do whatever it was to help win games. By the time I'm done here everybody will understand what type of player and person I am.".........