Trade rumors are just that — rumors. One well-circulated rumor has guard Tony Allen and small forward Tayshaun Prince going to Minnesota for forward Chase Budinger and guard J.J. Barea.
Is the rumor true? Will anything happen before the NBA trade deadline of 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20?
Odds are against any rumored trade coming true, but you never say never. Allen hopes to play Friday night here vs. the Los Angeles Clippers. He has been out more than a month with a sprained wrist.
But he made clear before practice Wednesday, a little more than 24 hours before the trade deadline, he hopes to remain in Memphis.
“I’ve got three years left on my deal,” Allen said. “It ain’t a bad thing to be wanted, you know? If anything changed, I understand it. It’s a business. There’s nothing special about me.
“I love being here,” Allen said. “It’s where my heart is at, it’s where I made a name for myself. I wouldn’t imagine being at no other arena getting ready for a game.”
Allen said no one in the organization has said anything to him about a possible trade.
“I just look at it as rumors,” said Allen, alias The Grindfather. “But if that is the case, I wish I was told. I’m 10 years in. Hopefully, I get that much respect. But like I said, they all rumors.”
Memphis International Airport has taken flight on Twitter.
The airport joined the popular social networking site on Friday, Jan. 14 with @flymemphis.
The airport, which is under new leadership, has been criticized for having a poor public communications strategy but has taken steps to change that reputation. The airport has hired a public information officer and entered into a cooperative marketing agreement with the airlines to market service to and from Memphis.
Next month, Rhodes College is presenting “Respect Yourself: A Celebration of Stax Records,” an event that’s free and open to the public and will feature informal performances and discussions about Stax.
It will take place on March 6 at 6 p.m. in the McCallum Ballroom of the Bryan Campus Life Center and will be hosted by author Robert Gordon, writer of the nationally acclaimed book “Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion.”
Joining Gordon will be Bettye Crutcher, a songwriter, producer and recording artst; drummer and producer Willie Hall; guitarist, producer and recording artist Don Nix and keyboardist and producer Marvell Thomas.
The Start Co. organization that supports the entrepreneurial and startup communities in Memphis has released some impressive 3-year growth numbers.
About 2,000 participants have used the organization’s resources like mentorship so far. A little more than $8 million in funding has been secured by startups, minority participation has grown from single to double digit percentages, and 74 jobs have been created and sustained through Start Co., among other developments.
Start Co.’s three accelerators – Upstart, Seed Hatchery and Sparkgap – are preparing to begin their new seasons in a few months.
This infographic from Tyler Ricossa was bouncing around Twitter today. You may have seen it.
Ricossa, who works for the University of Memphis, told me he put it together for several reasons. He’d been recording a list of all the accolades the city and university have picked up recently, and he wanted to show off those distinctions in a unified way. So he put it on his personal blog, and – because he loves starting new projects in Photoshop – decided to create an infographic.
“First and foremost, I’m proud of my city, flaws and all,” he told me in an email.
“Secondly, I see a lot of negativity through media channels about the city for various reasons, and I love when there are positive messages being shared that can bring light to all that is good in Memphis. After all of the posts about the ice and lack of school closings Wednesday morning, I felt I needed some more positivity on my timeline, and this was a great time to post it. In my article, I talked about how we as Memphians need to be proud of our city. Sometimes, I feel that we are our own worst enemy; our worst critics. I just wanted to share with everyone that we do have something to be proud about. 2013 was a great year for our city, and 2014 is off to a great start. I’ve seen so much change in our community over the recent years, and I just wanted to share with everyone that we are changing for the better in many ways and that we should be proud of our city’s growth.”