11/16/2005: Giving credit where it's due....
I'm not a basketball fan, so I don't normally pay much attention to the Memphis Grizzlies. However, a random link from The Hardball Times sent me to SportsBiz, a sports business/law/economics blog. While there, I stumbled across The Memphis Griz Make a Difference, which details some of the way that the Grizzlies apparently give a bit back to the community here.
That still doesn't necessarily mean that the financing deal and other shenanigans that brought us the Grizzlies and the FedEx Forum is a good thing, but it's good to know that the community is getting something back. And that the Grizzlies are showing a better public face than the bling encrusted, hip-hop gangsta wannabe face that seems to associate itself with the NBA whenever the league comes to my attention (which is rarely...).
UPDATE: Commenter Mad Molecule points us to a New York Times article which points out that while all NBA franchises have their charitable programs, the Memphis Grizzlies are in the upper echelons of the league (and apparently, this is a history that extends back to the franchise's earlier days in Vancouver). Mad also expresses satisfaction at the Grizzlies' recent on-court performance. That doesn't really matter much to me, but anything that keeps my readership happy is all right by me.
Len on 11.16.05 @ 11:54 AM CST