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.
The three-year, $46 million offer sheet that Chandler Parsons signed with the Dallas Mavericks might have been the means of his departure from the nearby Houston Rockets. But according to Dirk Nowitzki’s latest running mate, the cleanliness of his new team’s town is another boon compared to his old one’s. In an interview at media day last week, Parsons said that Dallas is a “nicer, cleaner” city than Houston.
As a teenager, Bennett dreamed of owning the Dallas Cowboys. In the ’80s, Bennett even looked into that very prospect one of the two times the Cowboys were for sale. But the Cowboys never were leaving Dallas. What Bennett has wanted most was a franchise for his hometown. “It’s always been a big deal to Clay, since he became a young adult, that Oklahoma City got some kind of major league franchise,” Ike Bennett said. “Always felt like that’s what Oklahoma City needed to get put on the map.”
Agent Bouna Ndiaye on Ian Mahinmi and Strasbourg: “It’s nothing but rumors so far. I got in touch with the GM of Strasbourg, but for now is more rumor than anything else.”
Vincent Collet, Strasbourg’s head coach thinks about Mahnimi as a replacement for the injured Nicolas de Jong. Collet, also head coach of the French National Team (who did not select Mahinmi) says he views him as an “attractive option” but stated he has no idea if the player wants to sign there. In any case, no decision will be made before October 1.
The abrupt departure Wednesday of Larry Brown as coach of the Bobcats had been brewing since last summer, according to multiple league sources. Brown was unhappy with the cost-cutting trade that packaged center Tyson Chandler to Dallas for the non-guaranteed contract of Erick Dampier, who was then waived by Charlotte.