She watched the Grizzlies with her dying father. A story about sports and love.

By , Daily Memphian Updated: April 29, 2022 9:56 AM CT | Published: April 27, 2022 4:46 PM CT

Steve Blaydes’ favorite player was Ja Morant. In the first game since Blaydes’ death, the point guard hit the Game 5 winner against the Timberwolves.


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Drew Hill

Drew Hill

Drew Hill covers the Memphis Grizzlies and is a top-10 APSE winner. He has worked throughout the South writing about college athletics before landing in Memphis.


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