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.
Billups’ first order of postseason business is to return to Denver, wife Piper, and their three daughters. Cydney, the oldest, is a heavily recruited 16-year-old high school soccer standout who is completing her sophomore year and intends to attend the University of Texas, her father said. Ciara and Cenaiya are aspiring dancers. “I’ll just go catch up with them while I kind of reflect and see what direction I want to go,” Billups said.
The legal case involving former Nuggets center Chris Andersen has yet to be resolved, a Douglas County Sheriff’s sergeant said, but Andersen’s attorney went public Thursday, reiterating a claim made last May that his client was duped and then extorted by a woman claiming to be of legal age. The Douglas County investigation involves possible Internet crimes involving a minor. “What I’d like to communicate is, this had nothing to do with children,” attorney Mark Bryant told The Denver Post on Thursday. “This had to do with an individual who represented herself as legal age and then some, and by the way, is and was at legal age.”
Last May and Thursday, documents reviewed by The Denver Post confirmed that the woman making a claim against Andersen repeatedly represented herself to be of legal age and that her family later demanded payment from Andersen. Douglas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Hanavan said authorities investigating the former Nugget, released from the team this past summer, have received results of forensic laboratory tests of electronic devices and other evidence and are processing the information. “The investigation is still ongoing,” Hanavan said. “Detectives are continuing the investigation.”
Through Bryant, Andersen gave The Denver Post a statement Thursday: “I appreciate everybody that’s supported me, and I don’t want to say anything bad about anybody, it’s everybody’s worst nightmare, but I just want to thank everyone that supported me and knew this was a lie from the beginning. They know how I love people, they know how I love kids and they know where my heart has been in this community.” Bryant said he and his client have been cooperative with authorities, answering any questions asked of them. But there are still “clouds out there,” Bryant said, because of what he deems an unfair public perception of his client’s involvement with children. “It was never about little children’s pictures or pornographic sites or enticement of children,” Bryant said. “Never. … We want to get this stigma off of it.”