As reported by Yahoo Sports and other media outlets, Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph has picked up his $16.5 million option for next season and agreed to a two-year $20 contract extension beyond that.
Randolph, who will turn 33 in July, averaged 17.4 points and 10.1 rebounds for a 50-win Grizzlies team that made the playoffs for the fourth straight season.
When controlling owner Robert Pera surprised everyone by firing team CEO Jason Levien and coach Dave Joerger interviewed in Minnesota, concerns arose about Randolph’s future. But he said he wanted to finish his career here, Grizzlies executive Chris Wallace said the team wanted him here, and teammates believed Randolph meant what he said.
“Yeah, I’m still confident,” point guard Mike Conley said before the Danny Thomas Pro-Am earlier this month at TPC Southwind. “As long as Zach wants to be here – and I think he does – we’ll make something work.”
So rest easy, Memphis, your Z-Bo isn’t going anywhere.
A new Dishcrawl event is in the works, this time a “pop-up patio party” at Café Ole in Cooper-Young.
The event, which will show off the newly renovated restaurant, is June 30 at 7:00 p.m., and guests will sample Mexican cuisine featuring Café Ole’s executive chef Javier Lopez, who will be preparing a five-course meal.
The event is limited to 25 guests. Foodies, the line starts over here, at this link.
Uber hasn’t been here long, and the ride-sharing service is already cutting its prices.
The company announced today it’s dropped uberX prices by 25 percent and also took a swipe at taxi fares in Memphis, saying the company’s prices also are now “57 percent cheaper than a taxi in Memphis.”
Some pricing examples: you can ride uberX from the airport to Downtown for about $17 and from the University of Memphis to the airport for $12, according to the company.
In the wake of LunaWeb CEO Dave Barger’s death this past weekend, friends who knew him are remembering him as an ebullient fan of technology, known for a warm smile and a broad capacity for generosity.
His impact on the city’s innovation ecosystem, according to Start Co. founder and CEO Eric Mathews, is “immeasurable.” A scroll through his Twitter feed, @davebarger, similarly reveals him to be good-humored and excited by all manner of technology and business innovations and breakthroughs.
He died in a boating accident that involved his family on the Wolf River. Services are scheduled for June 19 at Calvary Church in Cordova.
If one measure of a person’s impact is what’s said about them after they die, Dave indeed lived a life in full. I’ll get out of the way now, and let others do the talking.
Overton Square is a few days away from seeing another restaurant open its doors.
Babalu Tacos & Tapas, which is located in the old TGI Fridays Space at 2113 Madison Ave., is opening June 16.
The original Babalu location is in Jackson, Miss. Thrillist just listed that location in a piece a few weeks ago titled “Why you need to care about Jackson, Mississippi’s Food and Drink Scene.”