Jazz star Mike Conley admits he’s still adjusting to being on a new team after all his years with Grizzlies
New Utah Jazz point guard Mike Conley is still adjusting to his transition to a new team after 12 years with the Memphis Grizzlies. The floor general admitted it’s still weird to hear himself associated with a new franchise after spending his entire NBA tenure with one team:
“It’s still an adjustment. Even just hearing people call my name out and saying “Mike Conley of the Utah Jazz,” it doesn’t even equate yet (laughs),” Conley told Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype. “I’m still trying to get used to that and waiting for it to become normal. It’s a new beginning, a new journey, a new challenge and I love that. You don’t get blessed with opportunities like this very often. I feel like I’m in a blessed situation to be part of this organization and hopefully do something special while I’m there.”
Conley infamously said his goodbyes and thanks to the Memphis faithful on social media shortly after learning he was traded, all while pumping up the Jazz faithful by saying “city of Utah” and later correcting it to “city of Salt Lake” in embarrassment. Yes, we have not forgotten, Mike.
But that is all to be expected for a player who likely hoped to spend his entire career with one franchise. That no longer was an option after the franchise started kicking the tires on a potential rebuild, first trading Marc Gasol to the Toronto Raptors and falling shy of dealing Conley at this year’s trade deadline.
Conley’s time was up shortly before the start of free agency, now bound to make some different waves around stars like Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert as a dark-horse contender in a crowded Western Conference.