Last night I lay awake in bed after a family filled weekend for which most of I was sick for. I decided to order a movie on pay-per-view and my friend Devin had told me the movie “Faster” starring “The Rock” and Billy Bob Thorton, was a good flick. I should have remembered this was coming from the same guy who camped out overnight to be there for a special screening of “Behind Enemy Lines” with Owen Wilson. While it was somewhat entertaining there was not one bit of meaningful dialouge in the entire film. I was starting to get into details about the film but then deleted it as it is pointless for this blog and honestly I don’t want to try and make sense of that film again. It’s been a struggle.
My biggest question with this movie is why one earth Billy Bob Thornton took this role. I have to assume one of his baby momma’s is on the production staff or something of that nature. He is dull the entire film and never get’s into any kind of interesting character. What I am trying to say is that like O.J. Mayo of the Grizzlies, he is entirely underused in his role. This guy has held down countless classic roles in films like “Slingblade,” “Monster’s Ball,” the hugely underrated “Bandits”(I love that movie), Bad Santa, and even made films like School for Scoundrels and Mr. Woodcock watchable. After that sex scene with Halle Berry how can the man not be respected? He says nothing remotely funny or interesting in this film and for the life of me I can’t figure out why his skills where not utilized.
This is exactly the way I feel about O.J. Mayo and the Memphis Grizzlies. O.J. is Billy Bob and the Grizz are “Faster.” He came into the league after one year in college 18.5 points and 3.2 assists a game as a shooting guard that already featured some nice offensive weapons. He seemed like a building block. He was known to pull of highlight real plays from time to time, things that stay in your mind forever(kind of like Billy Bob’s sex scene). The similarities just keep on comin! He was an up and coming star. A guy with range, great vision, and a clutch free throw shooter. What more do you want out of your starting shooting guard. This year out of nowhere they benched him to try and have some offense of the bench. It has obviously affected him because he has hardly had any effect on their play as of late. They tried to trade him at the deadline for Josh McRoberts and a first round pick. This guy was the #3 overall pick 3 years ago and second in rookie of the year voting to Derrick Rose! They already got rid of #2 overall pick from last season Hasheem Thabeet. What are they doing in the front office?
One of the Grizzlies main problems right now, other then the fact that Rudy Gay is hurt, is that they have nobody that can shoot 3′s. Mayo has shot a career 38 percent and should be able to get many open looks with all the double teams on Randolph and Gasol. There must be something going on with the coaching staff and him as it looks like his time is up with the team. When Gay comes back I doubt Mayo will see the court at all. Some of this is on Mayo as when he is in the game he seems like he is not giving his all, just like Thorton in his latest movie.
Maybe these two need a break. Maybe they need to get together and question whether they have the passion for this anymore. But me personally, I blame the writer’s of the movie and I blame the General Manager and coach of the Grizzlies. Neither of these star’s should be in this situation. It’s sad that it’s come to this but Mayo has to find a new team and Billy Bob needs to find a new director to better utilize his skill set on the big screen. I mean this guy is so Angelina Jolie had to have him sexually 5 times a day and we will never forget that interview where they claimed they had sex in the car on the way there. She wore his blood in a capsule around her neck for god’s sake. The man has talent you can’t deny.
I’m shocked the Bulls didn’t give Memphis whatever draft picks they wanted for Mayo as he would have made the Bulls favorites to come out of the East no question. I’m shocked Thornton wasn’t given better material to work with but these are the cards they have been dealt. The bond they share is a painful one. I wish them the best.
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Written by LT Murray
LT hails from the city of Lakewood, Wa. He now lives in San Diego and is a writer for several websites. He loves when people comment on his posts. He is the official Memphis Grizzlies writer/blogger.