The new chairman of the Grizzlies said he ''fully understands'' that the people of Memphis really own the NBA team, even though he's the controlling owner.
Robert J. Pera introduced himself Monday morning along with the new chief executive officer of Memphis Basketball, LLC, the group that bought the Grizzlies from Michael Heisley for $377 million in a sale finalized last week. The 34-year-old former Apple engineer who started his own communications technology company in 2005 described himself as an NBA ''super fan.''
''I believe it's the greatest sport in the world just from a fan perspective, from a player's perspective,'' Pera said. ''Memphis as a city, it's unbelievable. The people have been great. I can tell the community is really special, and those two things combined I consider myself very, very fortunate. Probably the luckiest man in the world right now.''
The Grizzlies' new owners held the news conference in the lobby of the FedExForum and it was open to the public. The...