Robert Pera Rumors
Jim Paschke: Bucks owner Marc Lasry wants to play in a future All-Star Celebrity game. He said I could quote him. Robert Pera of Memphis played this year
Jared Zwerling: Chris Mullin and Allan Houston will be playing in the All-Star Celebrity Game, and … Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera. Dude can dunk.
Quincy Pondexter: Memphis, I will always Love you!!!! Fighting back tears right now. No lie, This is tough to come to grips with… I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to the entire Memphis Grizzlies organization and the fans that have supported me since day 1. These last few years have truly been a blessing that I will always cherish forever. We made a lot of history together! I gave you guys my all and will always consider Memphis home and family! I want to give a special thanks to Lionel Hollins, Chris Wallace, and especially one of the best owners in sports, Robert Pera, for giving me a chance and believing in me from the beginning. To my teammates, I will miss you, fellas! Still rooting for all of you and believe you guys truly are a championship caliber team. From everyone in the arena, to the community, and the kids and staff at St Jude, I love and will miss you all … And finally to New Orleans. I’M BACKKKK!!! We have work to do! This team can be special.. These tears just turned into tears of Joy. #Proverbs3:5-7 #NOLA #Pelicans #TAKEFLIGHT http://instagram.com/p/xxjdaYmlyG/
Memphis Grizzlies Controlling Owner Robert Pera announced on July 29 that Chris Wallace has been named General Manager of the Memphis Grizzlies and has signed a multi-year contract extension to remain with the organization. Wallace had acted as interim general manager since May 19, 2014. “We are very pleased to announce Chris Wallace as our general manager,” Pera said. “Chris has been at the forefront and a stable presence throughout some of the Grizzlies’ greatest successes. His strong bonds and experience, not only within the organization and NBA but also within the Memphis and Mid-South communities, make him the ideal fit to lead our basketball operations. We believe Chris’ skills and expertise to be vital in our continued success of our franchise.”
Jason Wexler has been promoted to president of business operations by Memphis Grizzlies controlling owner Robert Pera. Wexler, who joined the team as chief operating officer in 2013, will be responsible for all aspects of the business including, ticket sales and service, arena operations, corporate partnerships, marketing communications and broadcast, community investment and general operations. “Robert not only wants to win but has demonstrated a deep commitment to building a sustainable, world-class organization,” Wexler said. “We are a city built on hard work and an authentic and growing sense of community. Today I am presented with the opportunity to continue that work and help shape and build on the unique and special bond between this city and its team.”
Ronald Tillery: Ed Davis says owner Robert Pera called him 2 days ago to inform him of UFA status. Davis understands decision; says confidence still high. Davis: “I respect Pera 100 percent. He called me and I didn’t have to read about it on the internet.”
Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera showed on Instagram his basketball skills by making a two-handed dunk.
Gasol acknowledged that he regularly talks to Pera, who has also empowered Joerger to be more involved in team’s decision making. The Griz owner also has a few players on speed dial.
Asked if he would have hired Joerger, who went 50-32 this past season in his first year as an NBA head coach, Saunders said: “A lot of that, we weren’t to that point in the situation. Do I like Dave Joerger? I liked him. I think he is a good coach and has done a good job. I can’t answer that because we never got there. It’s like anything, when you’re going through a situation, until you get to the end and you know everything you have, that’s when you hire a guy. Until that point, and we never got to that point because we never really — their guy [Grizzlies owner Robert Pera] wasn’t going to let him come. There were a lot of guys I liked, do I like him? Yeah, I like him. I like a lot of guys.”
Naturally, Wallace agreed to tell some stories. The same way he agreed to fill in for former Griz CEO Jason Levien last week. Indeed, for all the criticism that Robert Pera has taken over what has unfolded around the Grizzlies of late, one of the happy developments is that Wallace is back in the organization, and apparently will be going forward.
Let’s be honest, it’s astonishing that Wallace was even at the Touchdown Club meeting Tuesday. How in the world does he have time for that? But one of the admirable things about Wallace is the way he has become a part of the community, not just symbolically, not just by joining boards, but by actually joining in. So it’s not really an accident that Wallace was at the meeting. It’s a reflection of who he is. “I rarely miss a Touchdown Club meeting,” he told me Wednesday, when I called to thank him. “It’s not just the speakers, though I love the speakers. It’s seeing the same group of guys.”
Then, Tuesday night, I did it again. All those people had traipsed off to Central BBQ to hear me speak. And somehow, in the whirl of the day, I had completely forgotten the whole thing. It’s a speaker’s worst nightmare. I had trouble falling asleep Tuesday night. But Wednesday morning, I got a note from a Facebook friend who told me someone had stepped out of the crowd at Central BBQ to take my place. Who? Chris Wallace. Yes, that Chris Wallace, the man who is even now trying to salvage the offseason for the Grizzlies. He came bounding off the bench to save Robert Pera and now he had come bounding off the bench to save me. The man isn’t just a general manager. He’s a super hero.
It was a mistake for Levien to exile him in the first place, honestly. Wallace is as loyal as they come. But when Levien did exile him, Wallace didn’t blast the organization and tell all sorts of tales about Levien’s incompetence. Note the difference between that and the fallout from Levien’s eventual exit. No question, Wallace was in a different situation because he was still technically under contract to the Grizzlies. But if you have been reading the reports on the Memphis NBA franchise this past week, you know that it’s not hard to trash a guy anonymously.
“I am absolutely thrilled to continue as the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies for years to come,” Joerger said. “I want to thank Robert Pera for believing in me. I look forward to building on the success we experienced this year with our core group of players that I have worked closely with over the past seven years as we work towards our ultimate goal of winning a world championship. I am 100 percent committed to leading the Grizzlies and I could not be more proud to call Memphis home.”
The Memphis Grizzlies today announced they have signed head coach Dave Joerger to a contract extension. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “I am excited to announce that we have reached an agreement to extend Dave Joerger as the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies,” Controlling Owner Robert Pera said. “Following an open and honest dialogue with Dave, it became clear that Dave was fully committed to Memphis and we are committed to him. I look forward to seeing Dave build upon the foundation he helped establish over the last seven years, and we are both committed to bringing a championship to Memphis.”
“We have a great level of comfort and trust with Robert Pera and Chris Wallace,” Brothers told Yahoo Sports on Monday. “Chris and I have been working together for years. He is a good guy.”
It was the first of several early season clashes between Joerger and Pera. When the Grizzlies opened the season 2-3 — including double-digit defeats to Dallas and New Orleans — Pera flew to Memphis and held individual meetings with players, sources say. He began offering bizarre suggestions. He suggested Mike Miller, a longtime Grizzlies player who was re-signed in the offseason, could become a player-coach. He brought up the idea that Joerger could wear an NFL-style headset and take instructions on the sideline. When the Grizzlies faced Golden State in early November, Pera insisted that Joerger give significant minutes to fourth-year power forward Ed Davis. Davis played just one. Again, according to sources, Pera insisted that Joerger had to go. Only after it was explained how dysfunctional the franchise would look if it fired a first year head coach six games into the season did Pera back down.
The problem? Allen had lost interest. Joerger, a first-year head coach, didn’t like the idea of the game — like many in the organization he found it goofy and unbecoming of a professional team, according to sources — but it was Allen’s indifference that caused it to be called off. Yet Pera directed his frustration at Joerger and, according to a source, directed upper management to fire him. Said a source familiar with the situation, “He absolutely wanted Dave out.”
The genesis of the Joerger-Pera problems, according to league sources, dates back to last September. Pera — who fancies himself a pretty good player — challenged Tony Allen to a game of one-on-one. Allen, on Twitter, accepted. Pera, a Silicon Valley billionaire who bought a small controlling interest in the Grizzlies in 2012, poured tens of thousands of dollars into producing the matchup. He invited the media and instructed the public relations staff to issue a press release promoting the event.
@RobertPera Will Joerger be our coach next season? @RaganSmash YES! And contrary to reports, I never had a conversation with Minnesota..it never got that far
Two sources close to the situation assure me it is real, that the Grizzlies never intended to let Joerger go without some very real compensation — swapping the teams’ first-round picks (Wolves own No. 13, Grizzles No. 22, plus perhaps more — that the Wolves aren’t willing to give and that Memphis owner Robert Pera has assured Joerger he wants him to stay.
This week, the team abruptly announced that CEO Jason Levien and assistant GM Stu Lash were leaving the organization. Levien, a former agent who was an executive with the Sacramento Kings before playing a role in the ownership transfer of the Philadelphia 76ers, had grown more distant from Grizzlies managing owner Robert Pera in recent months. The decision to remove Levien and Lash, another former agent, clearly was a repudiation of their leadership.