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Memphis came out of the gates strong and dominated the competition in the 10Best Readers' Choice category of 'Best NBA Destination.' The Memphis Grizzlies make their home in FedEx Forum near Beale Street, and the lively nightlife in the Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll adds to the overall fan experience. In a close race for the runner up spot were Oklahoma City (home of the Thunder) and Dallas (home of the Mavericks), but OKC came out ahead in the end. Denver and San Antonio rounded out the top 5. 10best.com
While in Memphis on Tuesday to play the Grizzlies, Pau Gasol joined his brother Marc for a visit to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The Lakers forward/center has a long relationship with St. Jude, dating back to his days with the Grizzlies (2001-08). "I [visit] every year at St. Jude," said Gasol on a telephone interview with The Times. "I do it a few times a year here at the children's hospital in L.A." Los Angeles Times
The Gasol brothers spent well over an hour with sick children as part of the NBA Cares' #NBAGiveBIG program. "I was able to meet around 10 kids and their families," said Gasol. "We hung out and spent time with a kid [named Jorge, eight years old] from the Dominican Republic. His dad is from where we're from, Barcelona, the Catalonia region." Los Angeles Times
Tony Parker is a human being. Human being have to eat. Tony Parker is in Memphis to play the Grizzlies in the NBA Playoffs. Memphis has restaurants that serve food to human beings. Tony Parker tried to eat at one of those restaurants, Restaurant Iris. Tony Parker was turned away. The Big Lead
The Memphis and Shelby County Sports Authority surprised Memphis City Council members Tuesday with news they have millions of dollars in a senior surplus fund. With that, the council decided to hold off on a lawsuit to claim lockout losses from the NBA. Council chairman Myron Lowery said he has one goal in mind, as the NBA lockout drains FedEx Forum revenues. "Taxpayers should never have to pay for a shortfall at the Forum," Lowery said. "We made that commitment and we will keep that commitment." WMCTV.com
Tuesday, Lowery asked the Memphis and Shelby County Sports Authority to meet with the council's Economic Development and Tourism Committee to give council members a handle on the impact of the lockout damages, so they could determine whether or not to sue the NBA for losses. "We did not know anything about the $13 million senior surplus fund, in addition to the $23 million surplus fund," he said. Council members were surprised to learn the Sports Authority has saved millions of dollars in surplus dollars over the years. Action News 5 asked Lowery if he still anticipates a lawsuit. "There's no reason to rush to judgment in a lawsuit right now," he replied. WMCTV.com
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