Found November 03, 2011 on
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In many ways, the Memphis Grizzlies are at the heart of this NBA lockout; much in the same way the city of Memphis lies in the heart of the continental 48 states.
Small market team? Yep.
Did the owner pay too much for them in 2001? No doubt.
Locally-financed arena? Of course.
Expensive helpers like Dick Versace, Hubie Brown, Chuck Daly, Jerry West, and Mike Fratello hired to help the fledgling team through the lean years. You remember.
Too high of a payroll, for too long, as the team attempted to make the first round of the playoffs from 2004 to 2006? Definitely.
A billionaire owner who has gone great guns elsewhere, but wants revenue sharing to offset the wild ways he's spent on a team whose market doesn't really pay for its payroll? That would be Michael Heisley. And Heisley, whether he's being coy and duplicitous or really just doesn't care, is pleading the fifth on lockout back and forth. From the Memphis Commercial Appeal (via SI.com's Zach Lowe):
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Grizzlies guard Tony Allen had to go cheap on Halloween because of the lockout and gave up Ramen noodles to trick or treaters.
A seasoned University of Memphis professor walked up to Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley and waited patiently.
Mayo’s career is at a crossroads. And the Grizzlies — facing high expectations after a playoff run to Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals last season — are right there in terms of evaluating Mayo’s future with the organization. The 6-3 shooting guard brought a household name and bucket loads of points in 2008, [...]
On Monday night, caught without candy to give away to local children as they trick or treated on Halloween, Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen instead handed out packages of beef and chicken Ramen Noodles to whoever dared show up at his door. We've no doubt that the kids were angry, especially when a millionaire athlete is well within means to load up their candy bags is instead...
Michael Heisley, owner of the Grizzlies, spoke publicly on Wednesday about the NBA lockout.
With the NBA still under lockout mode, Tony Allen of the Memphis Grizzlies had to cut back on the Halloween candy and allegedly had to give out Top Ramen for All Hallows Eve.He informed the world of this through his Twitter page:(Courtesy of Funny Athlete Tweets)
There is no doubt O.J. Mayo will be on the Grizzlies' roster when the NBA settles its labor dispute with the players. But for how long?
So long as the lockout drags on, we’re going to see NBA exhibition and charity games put on by players. There is a one in San Jose this coming weekend featuring Warriors old and new, with more on the way. One will be in Memphis next Tuesday and is being put together by Rudy Gay,…
A) He's on a Ramen Noodle every night budget.
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Rudy Gay is also having a charity exhibition game during the NBA lockout, featuring many of the usual suspects from these types of affairs. Reports Hoopsworld: “Since the lockout commenced on July 1, NBA players have been organizing star-studded charity games across the country. LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul have assembled teams and held games in Los Angeles, Miami...