Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/16/13
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Folks in the city of Memphis enjoy their Tigers basketball and at no point did they show that more than when John Calipari had things rolling and Derrick Rose was running the show. In fact their support for Memphis' collegiate basketball team was so great the Grizzlies became an afterthought appearing less like a professional team and more like a JV alternative (GM Chris Wallace's words not mine). Grizzlies brass were aware of this development and it affected the way they handled business namely in the now infamous Pau Gasol trade according to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe. “We were stuck at that point" Wallace said. "We never won a playoff game. We were heading for a second 20-something-win season. After all this is the entertainment business and the town really did not see much entertainment value in our team anymore. Our crowds were dismal and it coincided with the Derrick Rose season at the University of Memphis and literally we were like a high school JV compared to them ...
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