Chris Vernon Show - 6/4/21 | Taylor Jenkins + Kyle Anderson On The Show!

Chris Vernon Show: Taylor Jenkins + Kyle Anderson On The Show!

On today’s show: Lakers go out in the 1st round + Nuggets move on (7:21), Grizzlies Head Coach Taylor Jenkins joins the show to reflect on the season, where they need to improve, what he’ll do in the offseason and much more (21:11) and Grizzlies F Kyle Anderson joins the show to talk staying healthy, raising the roof, making the playoffs and more (1:06:00).

#IMHO: Who Deserves NBA's Most Improved Player Award? (2021)

Who Deserves NBA’s Most Improved Player Award? (2021)

Grind City Media’s Kelcey Wright Johnson and Lang Whitaker discuss who they believe deserves the NBA’s coveted Most Improved Player award for the 2020-21 NBA Season between Julius Randle, De’Anthony Melton, Kyle Anderson, and others!

Kyle Anderson Hates Colgate Toothpaste + Road Trip Mentality, Packing | JUST GRIZZLIES Podcast

Kyle Anderson Hates Colgate Toothpaste + Road Trip Mentality, Packing

On this episode of JUST GRIZZLIES, Kelcey Wright Johnson is joined by Memphis Grizzlies forward Kyle Anderson on night one of a 12-day, 7-game road trip and asks him about what he likes or dislikes about long stretches from home, words of encouragement for teammates, packing rituals, and learns his preference between Colgate and Crest toothpaste.

Listen to more behind-the-scenes chats with Grizzlies’ players every other Thursday in the full-length audio version of JUST GRIZZLIES found on all your favorite streaming platforms at: https://www.grindcitymedia.com/podcasts/just-grizzlies

Kyle Anderson

Fashion & Fatherhood with Kyle Anderson

On this week’s episode Kelcey Wright Johnson is joined by Kyle Anderson. Kyle discusses what it’s been like for the team to be playing in empty arenas to start the season, and how fatherhood has changed him as a person. Then, Kyle and Kelcey talk about his fashion and where it comes from, and play a game where they discuss each players’ fashion on the squad.

Chris Vernon Show - 12/3/20 | Ja Morant, Kyle Anderson join the show!

Chris Vernon Show: Ja Morant, Kyle Anderson join the show!

On today’s show: Devin’s fascination with Clubhouse (9:00), Memphis blows out Arkansas State (12:15), 2 important things that happened in Steelers/Ravens (25:15), John Wall/Russell Westbrook Trade (30:10), Ja Morant joins the show (46:38) and Kyle Anderson joins the show (1:11:50) and Liberty/Coastal Carolina is called off and replaced by BYU/Coastal Carolina (1:32:18)

Basketball is Back with Brad Jones & Kyle Anderson

This week on Just Grizzlies, Kelcey is joined by Memphis Grizzlies’ assistant coach Brad Jones as they discuss the NBA’s hiatus, the league’s restart in Orlando and the team’s goals looking ahead at the playoff race.

Then as a special bonus, a never-before-heard interview with Kyle Anderson, which was recorded before the NBA’s suspension. Kyle talks about his nickname, what food grosses him out, and hands out awards to his teammates(26:43).

MikeCheck: Anderson approaching ‘100 percent’ confidence in shoulder as he adjusts to Grizzlies faster camp pace

MEMPHIS – When training camp opened earlier this week, Grizzlies forward Kyle Anderson was uncertain how much he could initially contribute in his return from offseason shoulder surgery.

After two days of extensive practice followed by Thursday’s precautionary day off for rest and recovery, the early returns on Anderson’s impact have impressed new coach Taylor Jenkins. The Grizzlies wrapped up the bulk of their training camp preparation Thursday with a film session and a single practice on the heels of twice-daily workouts both Tuesday and Wednesday.

Kyle Anderson looks on

MEMPHIS, TN – Kyle Anderson #1 of the Memphis Grizzlies looks on during the game against the Charlotte Hornets on January 23, 2019 at FedExForum. Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images.


With players headed for a lightened workload without a scheduled practice Friday, Jenkins had a moment to reflect on what the Grizzlies have accomplished during a productive week. Count Anderson’s desire to push himself beyond initial expectations among the more encouraging developments.

“He’s looked really confident post-surgery, and the high IQ really stands out,” Jenkins said of Anderson’s training camp approach. “He came in and he was ready to go. He thought about it more and, you know, he was eager to get out there and really start practicing with his teammates and integrating himself.”

Apparently, Anderson didn’t want to spend too much time playing catch-up entering the season. The Grizzlies announced last week that Anderson was “progressing as expected” from April’s thoracic outlet decompression surgery on his right shoulder. The team anticipated the six-year veteran would participate in camp to some extent. Anderson then confirmed at Monday’s media day that he wasn’t yet “100 percent” and was unsure if he would be ready by the Oct. 23 season opener against Miami.

He came in and he was ready to go. He thought about it more and, you know, he was eager to get out there and really start practicing with his teammates and integrating himself.

Taylor Jenkins

A day later, the versatile 6-foot-9 forward was on the court with teammates as a full participant in the first two days of drills and scrimmage sessions. Anderson is competing with fellow veterans Jae Crowder and Solomon Hill for primary minutes at small forward, although all three candidates could see time at multiple spots in Jenkins’ “position-less” system.

The Grizzlies are installing an up-tempo scheme Jenkins hopes will have the team operating among the top half of the league in offensive pace and production. At face value, that concept doesn’t necessarily jibe with the methodical and deliberate style of play that earned Anderson the ‘Slo Mo’ nickname.

Kyle Anderson handles

MEMPHIS, TN – Kyle Anderson #1 of the Memphis Grizzlies handles the ball against the Denver Nuggets on January 28, 2019 at FedExForum. Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images.


He’s willing to adjust by any means necessary.

“I’m a basketball player who can do a lot,” said Anderson, one of only seven returning players from last season’s roster. “I see myself fitting in just fine. I don’t see a problem (fitting into) the way we play – thinking it’s going to be difficult for me. I feel like I can adjust. I will be learning and doing my due diligence on where I can see myself being effective, and just go from there.”

Based on advanced metrics, Anderson rated as one of the most efficient and effective small forwards in the league two years ago during his final season with the Spurs. The Grizzlies signed him to a four-year, $37.2 million contract last summer as a restricted free agent.

Anderson was bothered by lingering shoulder soreness for at least the past three seasons, but admits he downplayed the level of discomfort as he tried to push through the issues to stay on the court. Still, Anderson was effective enough to shoot 54.3 percent from the field and average 8.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.3 steals and a block in 43 games last season. But as the pain persisted, he twice left the team to see specialists and was ultimately shut down in February.

Looking back, Anderson wishes he had addressed the shoulder issue much sooner.

I’m happy with how the process is going. I’ve been working with a shooting coach. So it’s headed in the right direction.

Kyle Anderson

“If I could do it again, I probably would have told somebody or made it more important earlier in my career when it was hurting,” Anderson said. “I’ve just been battling with it for so long that I’m just happy I got on top of it, finally. I don’t have the tingling in my hand and up around my neck anymore. A lot of the symptoms went away, which is good. I feel like it is headed in the right direction. It’s not back to normal, but I can feel it at times getting back to where I want it.”

Anderson does not shoot threes at the rate Jenkins would prefer at the hybrid forward position. However, Anderson’s ability to rebound in traffic, initiate transition by pushing the ball and then finding open teammates are all strengths of his game. Before he was sidelined midway through the season, Anderson was the best facilitator the team had at getting the ball to rising star Jaren Jackson Jr. on lobs for easy scores. What he lacks in athleticism and speed, Anderson makes up for with vision and instincts.

Jenkins recognizes the intangibles and intelligence, which are byproducts of San Antonio’s system. Jenkins moved on to Atlanta in 2013 with Mike Budenholzer after the two coached in the Spurs organization under Gregg Popovich. The following year, San Antonio selected Anderson late in the first round of the 2014 draft. So Jenkins and Anderson didn’t overlap in San Antonio, but there’s still a common bond.

“He’s set a tone in a lot of our drills defensively,” Jenkins said of his initial impressions of Anderson. “And from where he’s come from in San Antonio, that background is what we’re kind of building around here with the fundamentals. So he looks great.”

I’ve just been battling with it for so long that I’m just happy I got on top of it, finally. I don’t have the tingling in my hand and up around my neck anymore. A lot of the symptoms went away, which is good. I feel like it is headed in the right direction. It’s not back to normal, but I can feel it at times getting back to where I want it.

Kyle Anderson

That respectful recognition is mutual.

Jae Crowder playoff interview

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Jae Crowder #99 of the Utah Jazz speaks to the media after Game Four of Round One against the Houston Rockets during the 2019 NBA Playoffs on April 22, 2019 at vivint.SmartHome Arena. Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images.


“He came from being under Bud, who coached under Pop, who I played for,” Anderson said of Jenkins. “I’ve kind of been there before. I think I have a good feel for what he wants to do. We’ve talked, we’ve shared a meal together and we’re both excited for it to be a good season.”

The Grizzlies are also in good shape with veteran depth and versatility at the position. Crowder, a rugged defender with three-point range who has been to the playoffs with each of his previous three teams, is in position to secure the starting small forward job. Hill is another proven veteran who had productive seasons in Indiana and New Orleans as a streaky 3-and-D specialist.

Beyond that, the Grizzlies also have Josh Jackson and Andre Iguodala on the roster – although both players are not with the team in training camp and won’t have rotation roles entering the season.

Meanwhile, Anderson just wants to get back to being a productive participant in the action.

“I feel solid – not 100 percent yet, but I’m making progress every day,” Anderson said. “I’m happy with how the process is going. I’ve been working with a shooting coach. So it’s headed in the right direction.”

The contents of this page have not been reviewed or endorsed by the Memphis Grizzlies. All opinions expressed by Michael Wallace are solely his own and do not reflect the opinions of the Memphis Grizzlies or its Basketball Operations staff, owners, parent companies, partners or sponsors. His sources are not known to the Memphis Grizzlies and he has no special access to information beyond the access and privileges that go along with being an NBA accredited member of the media.

MikeCheck: With shoulder surgery behind him, Anderson still counts on being right fit for Grizz

MEMPHIS – Giving as much time as he could, Kyle Anderson did everything in his power to make sure no one in the group left disappointed.

So he posed for more pictures.

He embraced dozens of hugs.

He lingered and laughed.

And then, Anderson lingered and laughed some more. At one point, a Grizzlies’ security staffer approached Anderson to inform him that he was running late for the team’s pregame meeting less than an hour before tip-off of that day’s game against the New York Knicks.

Anderson eventually pulled himself away from the dozens of relatives, friends and supporters gathered at Madison Square Garden back in February to see the New Jersey native make his lone visit to face the Knicks. It was supposed to be a homecoming game. Instead, Anderson was a late scratch from the lineup with a shoulder injury that would ultimately shut him down the rest of the season.

At the time, neither Anderson nor the Grizzlies were quite sure what was wrong, and he would undergo a series of MRIs and appointments with specialists to detect the problem. Now, three months later, Anderson is in the initial stages of recovery from what the Grizzlies deemed “successful thoracic outlet decompression surgery” on April 18 to resolve right shoulder “soreness and other affiliated symptoms.”

I want to be helping my team. It was fun watching those guys; they came in and worked hard every day. They practiced hard, and it made it really fun to watch.

Kyle Anderson

A complete recovery is expected that should return Anderson to full basketball activities before the Grizzlies open 2019 training camp in late September. More than anything, Anderson is relieved to get beyond a physical burden he said has lingered since his time with San Antonio, well before he arrived in Memphis last summer on a four-year, $37.2 million deal in free agency.

“It’s something I’ve been going through – something felt off about my shooting motion,” Anderson said as he approached an offseason of healing and recovery. “I’ve experienced it, not as much (starting) this season, but sometimes over the last two or three seasons. This season it got really bad to the point where it was messing with me, so I just wanted to get on top of it, fix it and not let it affect the rest of my career.”

Among key offseason storylines most impacting the Grizzlies at each position, Anderson’s return to high-level production stands to be the most significant development at the small forward spot. Count Anderson’s ordeal among some of the biggest questions facing a franchise in major transition after a 33-49 finish left the Grizzlies outside of the playoffs for a second straight season.

Memphis has restructured its basketball operations front office and is seeking a fourth head coach in six years. Key decisions loom regarding where the Grizzlies will fall in the May 14 draft lottery pecking order, what path the front office takes with the immediate future of veteran point guard Mike Conley and what the approach will be with potential free agents in Jonas Valanciunas and Delon Wright among others.

Kyle Anderson blocked shot

Kyle Anderson #1 of the Memphis Grizzlies blocks the shot against Dallas Mavericks on November 19, 2018 at FedExForum in Memphis, TN. Photo by Joe Murphy via Getty Images.

Anderson, however, joins franchise cornerstone Jaren Jackson Jr. as the lone two players on the roster with contracts that extend beyond the next two seasons. The final pick in the first round by the Spurs in the 2014 draft, Anderson was limited to 43 games in his first season with the Grizzlies, missing the final 30 contests with the lingering shoulder injury.

“It was a weird feeling – probably more common with pitchers in baseball throwing 95, 100-miles-per-hour fastballs,” Anderson described of what he was feeling in his arm and shoulder prior to the surgery. “I (felt) kind of a tingling sensation in my hand. There would be pain during the game, when I’d get a little tired, I’d feel a little pain. In the last few weeks and months, it (was) just a weird feeling, a weird sensation in my hand that was throwing me off.”

The 6-foot-9 versatile forward averaged eight points, 5.3 rebounds, three assists and 1.2 steals while shooting 54.3 percent from the field this past season. Anderson was initially brought in as a vital complementary prospect, a solid fit within a system catered more to the pick-and-roll centric strengths of Conley and center Marc Gasol.

But the Grizzlies shifted gears to a more open tempo offense after a trade deadline makeover in which Gasol was dealt to the Raptors and Conley became the focal point in a three-point shooting, faster pace system. Anderson played his last game on Jan. 30, when he had 14 points and seven rebounds in 35 minutes of an overtime loss at Minnesota to start a three-game trip. He hoped to cap that trip by playing in New York two games later, but kept feeling discomfort in the shoulder and underwent tests.

This season [the shoulder pain] just got really bad to the point where it was messing with me, so I just wanted to get on top of it, fix it and not let it affect the rest of my career.

Kyle Anderson

So after posting the best statistical month of his career in December and then notching his first ever triple-double in January, Anderson never got a chance to play with a revamped roster that posted a winning record in March, including a 5-2 stretch with home wins over five playoff teams.

“It was a little bit frustrating for me (because) I wanted to be out there,” Anderson said of his mixed emotions. “I want to be helping my team. It was fun watching those guys; they came in and worked hard every day. They practiced hard, and it made it really fun to watch.”

Anderson was just starting to build a solid chemistry with Jackson at the two forward spots before the shoulder issues worsened. The two had routinely connected on lob plays that resulted in dunks for Jackson, and Anderson was emerging as the team’s primary facilitator on offense midway through the season. Perhaps Anderson’s best skill is his ability to adapt to any system, which is one reason he’s confident he can be a productive fit for any direction the Grizzlies take moving forward.

“Yeah, definitely,” Anderson assured. “The floor looks more spread out. I’m seeing guys who are versatile play in a versatile style. And it looks exciting to get back to.”

Getting back to form will be a meticulous process as Anderson progresses through rehab. But he’s already attacking it with a healthy mindset.

“It’s going to be a tough battle, but I’m ready for it,” he insisted. “They gave me a timetable. They said in about four weeks, I should be able to shoot a basketball normally. In six weeks, I can work out (weight training). And in eight-to-10 weeks, I can work out on the court, ready to do everything. I believe I’ll come back much better from it. I have a long summer to work on things I need to improve. I’m excited.”

Small Forward Subplots

Just as Anderson was coping with the reality of being shut down midway through the season, Chandler Parsons was set to reemerge in the rotation after being away from the team for two months. Parsons, who has dealt with knee issues throughout his three seasons in Memphis, returned after the All-Star break and was a regular in the lineup until sitting out the final game on April 10.

Ideally, the Grizzlies would hope to move off the final year and $25 million remaining on Parsons’ contract and move on from an injury-plagued run that drastically failed to meet expectations. A sobering reality is that Anderson, Parsons and C.J. Miles count for a combined $43 million of the team’s salary-cap space next season. Among the three, none is a clear-cut foundational building block, two of the three will be coming off season-ending injuries and two are on the back end of their careers. It’s tough to imagine the Grizzlies keeping all three if they can help it.

Another swingman still finding his way is Dillon Brooks, who has played both shooting guard and small forward before his second NBA season was cut short by toe surgery. The Grizzlies valued Brooks enough to keep him before the trade deadline, and also hold a team option to bring him back next season. Justin Holiday, who also played both wing spots, will be a free agent this summer.

Bottom line

Simply put: The Grizzlies need to get younger, more athletic and healthy at small forward. And they need a break from the injury bug. It’s a position the team has aggressively tried to address in free agency recently, first was Vince Carter, then Parsons and now Anderson. None could stay healthy in Year 1.

Should Memphis stay in the top eight of the draft lottery and not convey this summer’s first-round pick to Boston, small forward could be where there’s most value and more depth in the draft beyond the top two or three picks. If healthy, Anderson, 25, can be a key complementary player alongside Jackson as the Grizzlies pivot to the future.

But all things considered – from health to fit to depth – the Grizzlies’ small forward position presents more questions than answers.

The contents of this page have not been reviewed or endorsed by the Memphis Grizzlies. All opinions expressed by Michael Wallace are solely his own and do not reflect the opinions of the Memphis Grizzlies or its Basketball Operations staff, owners, parent companies, partners or sponsors. His sources are not known to the Memphis Grizzlies and he has no special access to information beyond the access and privileges that go along with being an NBA accredited member of the media.

Kyle Anderson one-on-one interview with Lang Whitaker at Rendezvous

Kyle Anderson one-on-one interview with Lang Whitaker at Rendezvous

Grind City Media Contributor Lang Whitaker goes one-on-one with Grizzlies forward Kyle Anderson and talks about living his childhood dream as an NBA player and how the support from his father pushed him to where he is today.

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