Memphis Grizzlies backup point guard Beno Udrih has been slowed during the preseason due to a sprained right ankle. Udrih is ready to play and will use the last two games of the preseason to prepare for the start of the regular season next week. From Ronald Tillery of The Commercial-Appeal:
- "Griz coach Dave Joerger initially sounded a bit concerned about Udrih's readiness, citing his veteran point guard's inability to maintain conditioning due to off-season surgery and the training camp injury. 'He needs the minutes,' Joerger said. 'But he'll get there.' Still, Udrih remains the Grizzlies' best option behind starter Mike Conley because of his experience and proficient mid-range game. Although third-string guard Russ Smith's speed and quickness has made him a fan favorite, Udrih offers a less mistake-prone option for Joerger."
Udrih, making $2.17 million this season, is hoping for a big season as he will become a free agent in July.