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It’s Getting Closer: Grizz Release Preseason Schedule

The Memphis Grizzlies have announced their 2015 preseason schedule, including exhibition contests against three of the four teams that advanced to this past season’s conference finals. The Grizzlies will play a total of seven preseason games.

Memphis will tip-off preseason action at FedExForum against the Houston Rockets at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6. The Grizzlies will host three additional preseason games against Maccabi Haifa of the Israeli Basketball Super League (Thursday, Oct. 8), the Oklahoma City Thunder (Friday, Oct. 16) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (Sunday, Oct. 18).

The Grizzlies also will travel to point guard Mike Conley’s alma mater in Columbus, Ohio, to play the Cleveland Cavaliers (Monday, Oct. 12) at Value City Arena at The Jerome Schottenstein Center on the campus of The Ohio State University.

They also have road preseason contests against the Atlanta Hawks (Wednesday, Oct. 21) and Orlando Magic (Friday, Oct. 23).

Single game tickets for all Grizzlies preseason and regular season home games will go on sale at a later date to be announced. Tickets for these contests will be available for purchase by calling 1-800-4NBA-TIX, at all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com, the FedExForum box office or grizzlies.com.

– Don Wade

Justin Timberlake and the Memphis card

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(Wikimedia Commons)

So, Justin Timberlake has bought 126 acres of land in Williamson County, according to The Tennessean.
Let the hand-wringing begin.
But beware the wigsnatch – the term Timberlake hashtagged in a Twitter response to someone who accused him of jumping on the bandwagon in support of the Memphis Grizzlies.
Timberlake pointing out that he is a part-owner of the Memphis franchise.
The Williamson County land purchase now engages a larger test of civic lore in which Timberlake will likely never lose his Memphis heritage, even if he wanted to – which he doesn’t.
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Report: Marc Gasol Talking Only to Grizzlies

Marc Gasol and the rest of the NBA’s free agents can’t sign contracts until July 9. But according to a report from ESPN’s Marc Stein, citing “league sources,” Gasol will not meet with other teams, and the Grizzlies have a contingent of team officials in Spain to begin discussions on a new contract with the All-Pro center.

While Gasol has revealed little throughout the process, except to express his affection for Memphis, word has leaked out from New York and Los Angeles indicating the Knicks and Lakers do not have a shot at signing Gasol. Stein also reported that the San Antonio Spurs, long considered the team with the best shot to take Gasol away from the Grizzlies, is now focusing its attention on Portland free agent LaMarcus Aldridge.

The ESPN report made it sound all but a sure thing that Gasol would return to Memphis with the only question being whether he signs a short-term or long-term deal. Many observers have speculated Gasol would sign a two-year contract that would allow him to opt out after next season when the league gets an influx of new TV money and salaries will skyrocket. If Gasol signed a max five-year deal with the Grizzlies now, who under league rules can pay him more than any other team, it would approach $110 million.

Memphis director Craig Brewer this week released a short video, “Marc Gasol of Memphis,” which included minority team owner and entertainer Justin Timberlake, as a way of saying Gasol’s NBA home is the Bluff City.

After the team lost in the second round of the playoffs to Golden State in six games, Gasol told local media: “The ties to the city, to the people of the city, go beyond basketball with me. My whole family has been here since 2001. The place where I used to go watch basketball games is now a Bass Pro Shop. So imagine how many things have happened in almost 15 years.

“So you can understand when I play here, when I step on the hardwood, and how special it is for me. With that said, I cannot tell what’s gonna happen in the future. But I know how special it is for me.

“It won’t be no drama, nothing crazy,” Gasol added. “It’s going to be a well-thought-out decision and something you feel good about and you move forward.”

– Don Wade

Memphis Grizzlies reportedly trade for Luke Ridnour

The Memphis Grizzlies aren’t waiting for the NBA Draft Thursday night to start tweaking things. According to a report from Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski Wednesday morning, the Grizzlies have sent the rights to the 60th overall pick in the 2013 draft, wing Janis Timma, to the Orlando Magic for veteran point guard Luke Ridnour.
Ridnour, the 14th overall pick of the 2003 draft by the Seattle Supersonics, owns career averages of 9.3 points and 4.5 assists per game. His career 3-point shooting percentage is 34.9.
Last season with the Magic, Ridnour averaged 4.0 points and 2.0 assists and shot 31.7 percent from 3-point range.
The deal for Ridnour, 34, makes it all the more likely that restricted free agent Nick Calathes does not return to the Grizzlies and opens up the possibility that back-up point guard Beno Udrih might not stick. Udrih, 32, had off-season ankle surgery and already struggled to stay in front of opposing point guards.
The Grizzlies hold the 25th overall pick in the Thursday, June 25 draft. They currently do not have a second-round pick.

– Don Wade

2015 Teams chosen for ZeroTo510

The ZeroTo510 Medical Device Accelerator has its new crop of startups for 2015.

Going through the 12-week program at the Memphis Bioworks Business Incubator starting this week are:

  • Sweet Bio, which makes membranes for tissue regeneration used in oral surgeries using medical-grade honey as an ingredient
  • SiteSaver, which provides hospitals with a simple device to protect and preserve patient IV sites and central lines
  • GlucosAlarm, which created a technology to measure glucose in diabetic patients’ urine
  • And Inspire Living, which offers a portable health monitor to enable anyone, anywhere, to conduct an automated respiratory and rapid vitals exam on a child.

The four companies have received $50,000 in initial seed capital from co-investors Innova and MB Venture Partners. At the end of the 12-week program, the teams will pitch to a group of investors at Demo Day on August 13. The investors will choose finalists who could get as much as $100,000 in additional capital and the opportunity to further develop their businesses.

Dansette

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