Mayo Becoming 'Mempho-Wave', Unlikely To Be Dealt
Amid trade rumors, O.J. Mayo has been rediscovered by Lionel Hollins and the Grizzlies.
"I can play and I'm an offensive threat," Mayo said with renewed confidence. "It's not like I'm going to put it up every time. But I can make a play. At the end of the day, coach Hollins and I have grown. (The other day) coach drew up a play for me to go back door. But the (defender) dropped and I found Marc and Marc found Rudy and Rudy hit a three. It's just playing basketball and coach is preaching that every day. Just play ball. Just make the basketball play. That's what I'm trying to do."
Mayo has been extremely productive in coming off the bench as an instant scorer.
Assistant coach Barry Hecker calls Mayo the "Mempho-wave."
With Mayo, teammates also notice a player who is no longer tormented by constant trade rumors.
"He's had some time to block that out and understand that it's a business," forward Rudy Gay said. "You just have to play your game. He's a great shooter. That's what got him here. That's why he's here. And that's how he's going to help us."
Mayo will likely remain with the Grizzlies this season and become a restricted free agent this offseason.
"I'm happy in Memphis. Don't get it twisted," Mayo said. "I love the foundation we've built. This is my comfort. I'm good."