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VOL. 131 | NO. 116 | Friday, June 10, 2016

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Grizzlies Hire Two Coaches For David Fizdale’s Staff

J.B. Bickerstaff has been hired as associate head coach and Nick Van Exel as an assistant coach for the Memphis Grizzlies, general manager Chris Wallace has announced.

Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Bickerstaff comes to Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale’s staff after spending five seasons (2011-16) on the sidelines with the Houston Rockets. First hired as an assistant coach, he was later named interim head coach in November 2015 and guided the Rockets to a 37-34 record and postseason berth to close the 2015-16 season.

Prior his time in Houston, Bickerstaff spent four seasons (2007-11) as an assistant coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves and three seasons (2004-07) as an assistant coach with the Charlotte Bobcats under his father, Bernie Bickerstaff. He was the youngest assistant coach in the NBA when he began with the Bobcats at age 25 in 2004-05.

Bickerstaff played two seasons with the Minnesota Golden Gophers (1999-2001) to complete his collegiate career after playing two seasons at Oregon State University, where he was the youngest NCAA Division I player as a 17-year-old freshman.

Van Exel joins the Grizzlies after spending the last two seasons (2014-16) with the NBA Development League’s Texas Legends, serving as head coach during the 2015-16 season. Before his time in the D-League, he spent one season (2013-14) as an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks and three seasons (2010-13) as a player development instructor for the Atlanta Hawks.

Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round (37th overall) of the 1993 NBA Draft, Van Exel enjoyed a 13-year career as an NBA player (1993-2006), including 76 playoff games and one All-Star appearance (1998).

He logged career averages of 14.4 points and 6.6 assists for the Lakers, Denver Nuggets, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs.

Van Exel is probably a familiar name for many University of Memphis basketball fans. He spent his final two collegiate seasons at the University of Cincinnati – and had some epic battles with the Tigers – where he led the Bearcats to the 1993 NCAA Final Four as a senior and earned Third Team All-American honors.

– Don Wade

Bankers Association Hosting Free Political Forum June 14

The Mortgage Bankers Association of Memphis will host a free political forum on June 14 at the Agricenter International Amphitheater.

The purpose of the event is to introduce the public to candidates running for office in the 8th Congressional District so individuals can learn more about each candidate’s position on various issues.

The following seven candidates are scheduled be present at this forum: George Flinn Jr., Brian Kelsey, David Kustoff, Tom Leatherwood, Mark Luttrell, David Maldonado and Lawrence Pivnik.

The public will be able to meet and talk with the candidates from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and then there will be a question-and-answer period from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. moderated by Joe Birch, television anchor for WMC Action News 5.

– Daily News staff

Whitten Road Warehouse Sells for $2.6 Million

A Whitten Road flex warehouse has sold for $2.6 million.

George Winfield sold the property at 2740 Whitten Road to LMP Holdings LLC 2740 Whitten Road. The building contains both office and warehouse uses.

According to the Shelby County Assessor of Propety, the industrial building was built in 1999. It bears 30,120 square feet and was most recently appraised at at $690,000.

– Madeline Faber

Six Groups Inspect Mid-South Coliseum

Six groups from Memphis and elsewhere inspected the Mid-South Coliseum this week, taking the city of Memphis up on an offer of four hours each to look over the mothballed 12,000-seat arena.

The city made the offer after it allowed a tour of the arena by the Coliseum Coalition and architects as the group pursues a plan to possibly restore or renovate the coliseum for future use.

That tour and the others that followed were to get a better idea of the structural integrity of the structure, built in the mid-1960s.

The groups that took the tour this past week are:

DSG Commercial Group, a Memphis commercial real estate development company

Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame of Memphis

Mitchell Hall Architects of Memphis

Memphis Heritage

Common Denominator Consulting LLC of Nashville

CoreFire and Renaissance Group Inc., a Lakeland architect firm

The administration of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said in opening the building for the inspections that it has no pending plans for the coliseum at this point.

– Bill Dries

Vendors Chosen for Makers Event at City Hall June 21

Event organizers have secured a line-up of vendors for the Maker Fair, to be held on June 21 in front of City Hall.

The local vendors include Aunt Key’s Apothecary, Dr. Bean Coffee, Meekie’s Munchies, Jeanine Hill Ceramics, Grace Given Gifts, Gifts from Nature, Question the Answer, Lindsey Glenn Designs, Michelle Duckworth, Ekata Designs, ARCHd LLC, Prim Societ , Mary Claire White, Aperel Fashion, Phillip Ashley Chocolates and Double Barrel Lights.

To kick off the fair, Mayor Jim Strickland will deliver at 10 a.m. the Mayor’s Maker Challenge, a pledge to further support the growth of small business and local industry.

The event is born out of the Made By Project, a collaboration of Little Bird Innovation and the EPIcenter organization. It is built around a survey of artisans, makers and micro-manufacturers from the Memphis area to better understand their operations and what support might help fuel their growth even more.

– Madeline Faber

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