LeBron James to sign with Cleveland; will Mike Miller follow?

The news that LeBron James is going to go back to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers might have an impact on next season’s Memphis Grizzlies.

As the Grizzlies’ Tony Allen said on his twitter account, @aa000G9: “Now free agency starts.”

Reportedly, James reached out to 3-point sharpshooter Mike Miller several days ago and let Miller know he’d love to have him around to space the floor like he did during the championship years in Miami.

Miller is believed to be seeking a three-to-four year contract, which might be longer than the Grizzlies are willing to go. Miller also has said he’d like to return to Memphis. But he also wants to win more rings. And Cleveland just became the overwhelming favorite to come out of the Eastern Conference next season.

If the Cavs are willing to commit three or more years to Miller, it may be difficult for the Grizz to win this one. Heck, it may be difficult even if the Grizz are willing to go three years.

Lose Miller and it puts the Grizzlies right back where they were before his return last season: without a 3-point threat that opponents always have to account for in transition and in half-court sets.

 

Your sample ballot for the August 2014 elections

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Aug. 7 sample ballot PDF

Just in time for the opening of early voting Friday, July 18, here is the sample ballot for the Aug. 7 election. It features the state and federal primary elections, county general elections and nonpartisan judicial races that come along once every eight years to make this the longest ballot of any election cycle in Shelby County politics.

Unlike the many sample ballots you will be handed between now and Aug. 7, ours comes without any endorsements. So do what you will with the PDF to use as your own voting guide for the “big ballot.”

It’s also printed in the July 11 edition of The Daily News, if you want to do this old school and need a hard copy to have and hold and mark up.

We’ll be tweeting the daily early voter turnout and election night returns at @tdnpols. And we are happy to answer any basic questions about what can be a confusing ballot at times, with primaries, general elections and a few judicial retention races all together.

 

Crowdfunding campaign under way for Broad Ave.’s “Forge”

Elizabeth Lemmonds has launched a crowdfunding campaign for the combination art space-fabrication shop she’s working to bring to Broad Ave.

She has a page set up at gofundme.com, where she explains that “Forge” is roughly $12,000 away from being able to open its doors.

“We’re part of the Maker Movement – the next industrial revolution – and have spent months hammering out our own vision so that we can help you forge yours,” she explains on the fundraising page. “These funds will cover remaining basic startup costs required before we can open our doors for customers, as well as purchase a few additional higher priority tools and resources for both the shop and conference/training room.

“Our big picture budget is bigger, but with your help we can open up co-working, desktop manufacturing tools, ceramics, basic screen printing, electronics and more – plus start offering workshops to the community from 101s and DIY projects, to prototyping and design software, to marketing and e-commerce.”

The fundraising page is here.

Esquire gives a shout-out to Memphis

The day before everyone was BBQ-ing and blowing up stuff on July 4, Esquire published its list of “162 reasons it’s good to be an American man.”

Two of them directly reference Memphis.

Coming in at number 79 is “Beale Street.”

And down at number 120 is the “lobby of the Peabody hotel in Memphis.”

Obviously, Memphis attractions like that aren’t meant only for one gender or the other, but it’s nice anyway to get a positive shout-out for what the city has to offer.

Inside Hard Rock’s Collection of Artifacts and Memorabilia

 

The new Hard Rock Café location on the northwest corner of Beale and Second Streets opened this Fourth of July holiday weekend after nearly 20 years on the other side of Beale at Hernando Street, which is about to become a “Tin Roof” restaurant.

The Hard Rock franchise is immersion into the rock and roll culture, with its original locations touting rock stars before such celebrity endorsements became part of the marketing textbook.

Hard Rock is also a big player in the rock and roll and rock memorabilia collecting world. Many of the 80,000 items in the Hard Rock collection are rotated from one Hard Rock to another and are also loaned for exhibitions.

So as the finishing touches were being put on the new Beale location, Jeff Nolan, the music and memorabilia historian for Hard Rock, talked with us at length just about that.

Some of his points are in our original piece which ran in the July 2 edition which was a broader look at more than just the artifacts at the new Memphis location.

Here are a few more points from Nolan for those of you who follow closely whether our almanac has a picture of the right Deep Purple line up that played the Overton Park Shell in 1971 and similar points of great consequence.

 

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