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Report: Grizzlies believed Brandan Wright was soft until need for surgery shown

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PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 21: Brandan Wright #32 of the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game against the Portland Trail Blazers at US Airways Center on January 21, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Trail Blazers 118-113. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Brandan Wright, who signed with the Grizzlies this summer, missed more than a month before he revealed last week he’d have arthroscopic knee surgery.

Why such a long delay for surgery?

Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal:

The Grizzlies’ Grit & Grind culture does them a lot of good. The players pride themselves on toughness and hold each other accountable.

But this is a shortcoming of that environment.

Wright isn’t the most hard-nosed player – largely because of his rail-thin frame. He’s a skilled finisher and tries enough on defense to be adequate, but he’s prone to getting pushed around.

I was a little surprised the Grizzlies signed a player of that style, but I figured they were evolving.

Instead, if this report is accurate, they actually regressed into a team that put a player’s health at risk.

If I were Wright, I’d be pretty upset with the team.