In stunning move, Grizzlies part ways with executives Jason Levien and Stu Lash

The news coming from the Memphis Grizzlies Monday afternoon that front office executives Jason Levien and Stu Lash are out appears to have surprised just about everyone not named Robert Pera, who is the Grizzlies controlling owner and whose boot prints are on Levien’s and Lash’s backsides.

That laughter you hear is Lionel Hollins, who has to be thinking, “See, it wasn’t just me.”

And maybe it wasn’t. We’re not going to know about that or the juicy details of these sudden exits for a while and even then we are likely to get less than the full story.

But what you think and what I think about this isn’t what matters.

Zach Randolph can opt out this summer and go elsewhere. Marc Gasol becomes a free agent after next season.

When the team met with media at the end of the this 50-win season under first-year coach Dave Joerger and after a seven-game, first-round playoff loss to OKC, Gasol and Mike Conley both said they had complete trust in the people running the Grizzlies.

The key question is who was first in their minds — Robert Pera or Jason Levien?

For now, general manager Chris Wallace takes over “interim” responsibility for the running of basketball operations. Presumably, he had to be summoned from his office in suburban Siberia.

What happens next? Well, there’s a John Calipari rumor out there and about three million others.

So craft your own conspiracy theory and run with it. We’ve still got two months until SEC football media days. Maybe Robert Pera just understands how slow our summers can be.

 

 

 

 

Some miscellaneous Big Star ramblings

Former Big Star drummer Jody Stephens was shopping at the venerable Amoeba record shop in California a few years ago. He walked up to the counter to pay for the Big Star CD he was buying for someone, and the girl behind the counter told him, “Oh, my brother really like this band.”

Jody asked what her brother’s name was.

“Elliott Smith.”

Jody recounts the memory in this clip from “What’s in my bag,” a segment where Amoeba puts people in front of the camera to ask what they’ve discovered on the Amoeba racks. He says he went on to record with Elliott, the late singer-songwriter whose work was featured prominently on the soundtrack to “Good Will Hunting.”

In unrelated Big Star news, Jody will be part of a group performing Big Star’s “Third” on May 23 at the Levitt Shell. In addition to a slate of guests, they’ll be backed by a chamber orchestra, and the concert also will feature earlier Big Star tunes like “September Gurls” and “In the Street.”

Kickstarter campaign for Mo’s Bows documentary

The post on Kickstarter’s official Facebook page Tuesday included a picture of young Memphis entrepreneur Moziah “Mo” Bridges and was headlined, “An 11-year old CEO who just so happens to be the bow-tie king of Memphis.”

Turns out, a venture called Squirrel Friends has finished shooting a documentary about the 11-year-old founder of “Mo’s Bows” and has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to help with publicity and distribution. The money, according to the Kickstarter page, will go toward that as well as helping get the film in front of new audiences.

As of Tuesday evening, the Kickstarter campaign had 28 days to go and already had picked up 39 backers who’d contributed $1,325 toward the project’s $5,000 goal.

By this summer, the film should be moving into the audio mix phase, including music composition and graphics. If all goes to plan, the documentary will be released this fall.

The filmmakers say they’re extra excited to get it done, because “everyone,” Squirrel Friends writes on its Kickstarter page, “should really meet Mo!”

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Cinematic City

CBS News posted this stunning time-lapse video of Memphis. The video, made by Jason Allen Lee, gives you a whole new perspective of life in the Bluff City. Thanks to Memphis mayor A C Wharton Jr. for pointing out the video on his Facebook page.

Memphis International Airport Lands New Flights

American Airlines/US Airways and United Airlines are adding new daily flights at Memphis International Airport this month.

United is adding a daily flight to Denver and American Airlines/US Airways will add an additional daily flight to Chicago and Dallas.

“We are excited that more options are available to our passengers looking to travel to Chicago, Dallas, and Denver,” said Scott Brockman, president and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority.

Including the new flights, the peak monthly flight total  in Memphis in May is 93, up from 86 in February. The new flights bring 863 more available seats for Memphis passengers. Since Delta Airlines dropped Memphis as a hub, every other airline at Memphis International has increased its number of flight options and the Airport Authority said more additions will take place in June.

“We’ve increased our available seats by 12 percent since February, and we will continue our relentless pursuit of frequent and affordable air service,” said Brockman.

 

 

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