HANG TIME, Texas — Let’s get back to talking about whether the Grizzlies should have let O.J. Mayo get away. Or talk about blowing that 27-point lead to the Clippers in the playoffs. Or Z-Bo’s post game or Lionel Hollins’ trademark grumpiness or anything else that happens on the court at the FedEx Forum.
As our good buddy and wonderful Commercial-Appeal columnist Geoff Calkins says, the one thing we shouldn’t have to do anymore is talk about the Grizzlies leaving Memphis:
Never again will you have to listen to those who would tell you the team will be out of here in five years or ten. Never again will you have to wonder if a particularly thin Tuesday crowd is the beginning of the end.
Robert Pera is not moving the Grizzlies. Nobody is moving the Grizzlies.
“The team is not going anywhere,” said Staley Cates. “That’s the whole point.”
Cates is one of a group of Memphians — others include Pitt Hyde, Duncan Williams, Ed Dobbs and Billy Orgel — who have reached a deal with Pera to buy between 30-35 percent of the team. (more…)