It's become tradition for every NBA playoff team to give its attending fans a t-shirt, towel, or similarly uniform item at each home game. The goal is to create a sea of color coordination, an intimidating front in which every fan's passion multiplies upon everyone else's so that the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts. The plan works so well that its efficacy can only be communicated via mixed metaphors.
The Memphis Grizzlies have gotten in on the action for Friday night's Game 6 against the Los Angeles Clippers, a potential closeout game that would put the home squad in the second round for the second time in three seasons. While a playoff promotion is not notable in itself, the Grizzlies' particular choice of item is: towels with the slogan "We Don't Bluff." Check out the photo above via their vice president of basketball operations (and former irredeemable stat nerd) John Hollinger.
"We Don't Bluff" isn't just an empty phrase like "Rama-Lama-Ding-Dong" or "Give peace a chance" — it's perhaps the best encapsulation of the philosophy of All-Star power forward Zach Randolph (and by extension the Grizzlies as a whole). Back in November, Z-Bo and Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins had a heated on-court exchanged that was alleged to have carried over into the locker room after the game. In speaking to reporters after the game, Randolph said these words: "Man, I play basketball. I don't worry about all that. Perk's all right. There's a lot of bluffin' going on the court, that's all, you know. And I don't bluff."Read More »from Grizzlies giving out ‘We Don’t Bluff’ towels in honor of Zach Randolph’s statement of purpose