VOL. 8 | NO. 41 | Saturday, October 3, 2015
Grizzlies Bites: October 2-8
FedExForum Increases Security for Grizzlies Games: Walk-through magnetometers (metal detectors) have been installed at all entrances to FedExForum, and will be standard practice for entering fans starting with the Memphis Grizzlies’ first preseason game Tuesday, Oct. 6, vs. the Houston Rockets.
The new security measure, mandated by the NBA during its annual security meetings, will remain a standard operating procedure at all Grizzlies games, including the entire preseason and postseason, and at all NBA teams’ arenas.
The walk-through metal detectors are believed to enhance security and will replace handheld devices as the primary tool at FedExForum.
The Grizzlies are stressing that fans should arrive earlier at games and bring only necessary items. Separate express lanes will be available for those without bags to be inspected. Fans will have to place their cell phones, cameras and keys on a security table prior to walking through the metal detector, but they will not need to remove their hats, shoes, belts, watches or jewelry as with airport security.
Expectant mothers and ADA guests are not subject to the magnetometers and will instead be screened through handheld devices.
– Don Wade
Grizzlies No. 7 in ESPN’s First NBA Power Rankings: ESPN’s Marc Stein has released his first edition of the 2015-16 NBA power rankings, and the Memphis Grizzlies check in at No. 7, just behind the Houston Rockets and just ahead of the New Orleans Pelicans.
Not surprisingly, the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors are No. 1. The reigning Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers, who help the Grizzlies open the season Oct. 28 at FedExForum, are No. 2. The San Antonio Spurs, whom Stein says “won the summer” with their moves, are third. From Nos. 2-8, it’s all the Wild, Wild West. The L.A. Clippers are 4, the OKC Thunder 5, and then the Rockets, Grizz and Pelicans.
Stein writes: “The Grizz are still waiting on the trade out of the West they dream about. They still need more shooting too. But the deals for uber-athletic Brandan Wright (to complement Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph) and Matt Barnes (who was seemingly born to grit ‘n’ grind) look like sneaky-good moves to keep Memphis in the elite.”
– Don Wade
Grizzlies Unveil Broadcast Schedule
Local Memphis Grizzlies fans will be able to watch the team’s entire 82-game slate on television this year, including 10 contests carried by national providers.
Fox Sports Southeast – formerly SportSouth – will televise 72 games and will be noted as FSSE in channel guides.
Play-by-play man Pete Pranica returns for his 12th season as the television voice of the Grizzlies, joined by analysts Sean Tuohy, entering his 10th season, and former Grizzlies guard Brevin Knight, entering his sixth season. Sideline reporter Rob Fischer returns for his ninth season.
Fischer and Knight, along with reporter Chris Vernon, also host Grizzlies Live, the pregame and postgame show for all 72 FSSE game telecasts.
In addition, all 82 Grizzlies regular-season games and all seven preseason games will be carried live on 92.9 FM ESPN, featuring play-by-play announcer Eric Hasseltine and analysts Hank McDowell and Elliot Perry.
Coverage begins with the pregame show 30 minutes before tip-off, co-hosted by Gary Darby and Jon Roser, who will also provide in-depth analysis throughout the postgame show following each game broadcast.
Fox will continue to provide Grizzlies coverage in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee, including markets such as Birmingham and Mobile, Ala.; Little Rock, Ark.; Peoria, Ill.; Louisville, Ky.; Jackson, Miss.; St. Louis; and Chattanooga, Nashville and Knoxville, Tenn.
Games also will be available on foxsportsgo.com.
– Don Wade
Grizzlies Set Roster for Training Camp
The Memphis Grizzlies training camp roster stands at 20 after the team signed five free agents: Yakhouba Diawara, Ryan Hollins, Michael Holyfield, Lazeric Jones and Daniel Nwaelele.
With a veteran team returning, all five players are long shots to make the Grizzlies’ regular season roster. Still, at the team’s annual media day on Monday, Sept. 28, coach Dave Joerger said he was eager to see all five players play and added that injuries could always create an unexpected opportunity for one or more of the free agents.
The Grizzlies were set to begin training camp with an afternoon practice on Tuesday, Sept. 29, in Santa Barbara, Calif.
The Grizzlies’ first preseason game is Tuesday, Oct. 6, vs. Oklahoma City at FedExForum. The season opener, vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers, is Oct. 28 at FedExForum.
– Don Wade
Memphis Grizzlies Getting ‘Hard Knocks’ Treatment
The Memphis Grizzlies are going to get a little national recognition – before the season even starts.
NBA TV’s weeklong “NBA Real Training Camp” series will showcase the Grizzlies on Friday, Oct. 2, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The series, which began airing Tuesday while highlighting the Minnesota Timberwolves, also was to feature the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, Sept. 30, and the Eastern Conference Champion Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday, Oct. 1.
The Grizzlies edition of the show – providing exclusive access during the team’s practice and including interviews with players, coaches and front office personnel – will air on NBA TV and be streamed live on NBA.com. Jared Greenberg will host the program from Santa Barbara, Calif., with NBA TV analyst and NBA Hall of Famer Reggie Miller.
The Grizzlies start their preseason schedule on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at FedExForum vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder. The regular season starts here Wednesday, Oct. 28, against the Cavs and LeBron James.
– Don Wade
Tony Allen Jedi Robes on Grizz Giveaway Schedule
The Memphis Grizzlies are taking their unique product promotions up a notch this season with Tony Allen Jedi robes, Memphis Sounds car fresheners, wrestling masks and a “Mount Grizzmore” series.
The team announced its promotional giveaways for the 2015-16 season. The schedule kicks off on opening night, Oct. 28 vs. Cleveland, with magnet schedules for all fans in attendance.
On Oct. 31, the team will give mini-hoop sets to the first 5,000 fans in attendance for the Halloween-themed game.
Dec. 11 vs. Charlotte will see the team’s first Star Wars-themed night, with the first 3,000 in attendance receiving Tony Allen Jedi robes. Other promotional highlights include tacky holiday tees (Dec. 3), Memphis Sounds car fresheners (Feb. 19) and luchador masks (March 11).
The Mount Grizzmore series is the first in a group of “Core Four” giveaways. The first 4,000 fans will Grizzmore No. 1 (Tony Allen) on Jan. 16; No. 2 (Mike Conley) on Feb. 6; No. 3 (Zach Randolph) on March 4; and No. 4 (Marc Gasol) on April 5. The team didn’t release further details of the Grizzmore promotion, except to say it was inspired by Mount Rushmore.
The team also said single-game tickets go on sale Sat., Oct. 3, at 9 a.m.
Visit grizzlies.com for the full promotional schedule or to purchase tickets.
– Daily News staff