Returning to Mempis will be a difficult moment for Mike Conley
Mike Conley has served the Memphis Grizzlies for 12 years. However, the 2019-2020 NBA will be a different season for him. Because, Conley is no longer defending the same team. He has moved to Utah Jazz this summer 2019.
After the move, Conley will of course still return to Memphis. However, with different conditions. He would return there as an opponent, not a friend, and that made him feel strange. After all, Grizzlies is the first team. He has never defended a team other than Grizzlies.
“Until then, I honestly don’t know what it’s like,” Conley said per HoopsHype . “I don’t even know where the visitors’ dressing room is. I’ve never been there. My feelings will be mixed, I’m sure. I am not a person who likes to show emotion on the field – good or bad – but that will probably be the most difficult moment of my career. ”
Conley himself will return to Memphis for the first time on Friday, November 15, 2019. He will be a guest in what he considers his own home for a dozen years. He tried to be ready to face it. Because, that’s the professional world: Friends today can be opponents tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Jazz, Conley’s new team, hopes for the guard. They want Conley to use his talents to take the team to a higher level. Jazz also wants Conley to show his leadership side to direct the young players. One of them is Donovan Mitchell who is developing as their main star.
Over the past three seasons, Jazz and Mitchell have actually been able to survive in the harsh competition of the Western Region. They even always managed to penetrate the playoffs. However, it was never able to advance to the Regional Final. That’s why they recruited Conley.
That means, Conley must be prepared with everything in the future. His age is not young anymore. It’s just that, the experience he had for 12 years in the NBA will be useful for Jazz. Moreover, Conley’s career also does not appear to be dead. He still left many things to prove. He will try to prove it — one of them — during the match against the Grizzlies. (put)