Are you a fan of the Grizzlies or of Mike Heisley's business empire? The average fan doesn't and shouldn't care about whether the owner makes money on the team. They should care about whether the team wins.
If anyone becomes an NBA owner to make money while owning the team, then they are not as business savvy as their bank account would indicate. Practically every team not located in a top 10 TV market loses money every season. Owners make their money when they sell the team, not by penny pinching at the expense of putting a quality product on the floor.
Its a terrible shame that Memphis finally gets a professional team, but we end up with a minor league owner. In the end, when the Grizzlies move away, it will only be remembered that Memphis didn't support the team, when in reality, the truth is Heisley made so many egregious actions towards fans that I, for one, feel like if I buy a ticket I am endorsing those actions and I refuse to do so. I love the Grizzlies and will watch their games for free on TV, but Heisley will never get a penny from me directly.
Can we please stop talking about trading #2 and Rudy Gay to the Clippers for the rights to Blake Griffin. That would go down as a worse steal than the Pau trade. Rudy is a high level NBA talent, Griffin is an unproven commodity who wasn't even as good as Beasley last year. Would we trade Rudy and the #2 for Beasley right now? Of course not. I'm not opposed to moving Rudy, but only if we are getting value for him. In this case, There is no way of knowing if trading Rubio for Griffin straight up would even be a good deal, so I certainly wouldn't consider adding Gay to that deal.
By Toby Sells
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