As Ja Morant steps away, a moment of truth in Memphis and the development of the Grizzlies' franchise

There are phases involved in becoming a significant NBA team. Every franchise starts with rubble,

 the abandoned misfit pieces left strewn about, the broken-down remnants of the previous era, before beginning the process of creating something new.

Next, a future blueprint and, hopefully, a pillar of talent to build around appear. 

 With the strategy and guiding concept in place, the team starts to ascend: 

 from placing a strong emphasis on growth and culture to improving year after year on the court; 

Irvin did not say if he was talking about another relative, but he expressed a great deal of love for the person.

Over the course of the previous five years, the Memphis Grizzlies have gone through each of those stages

 transitioning startlingly quickly from the waning of their "Grit and Grind" glory days to the emergence of a new generation.

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