Michael Heisley Rumors
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban sent his regards after learning of the death of former Memphis Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley. “I miss Michael,” Cuban said. “He was incredibly supportive of me.” Heisley died Saturday at the age of 77 from complications of a stroke he had last year. Heisley and Cuban had formed a special friendship all the way back to when they both officially collected their NBA ownership papers in New York during a ceremony held on Apr. 11, 2000. “He made basketball in Memphis work,” Cuban said. “He did so many things for people without anyone ever knowing. “He was a special man and will be missed by all that knew him.”
Michael Heisley, the billionaire businessman who bought the Vancouver Grizzlies and moved the NBA team to Memphis, died Saturday. He was 77. The Grizzlies said Saturday night that a family member confirmed Heisley’s death. The Commercial Appeal reported that Heisley died in Illinois of complications from a massive stroke he suffered nearly 15 months ago. Heisley sold the team to Robert Pera before the start of the 2012-13 season.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver addressed Heisley’s death before the game. “Michael was responsible for moving the Grizzlies from Vancouver to Memphis and really for getting (FedExForum, the Grizzlies’ home arena) built as well as a longtime friend of the league,” Silver said. “He was a wonderful owner, a terrific friend, and I want to send my deepest condolences to his wife, Agnes, to his children and all his friends.” Heisley was instrumental in getting the Grizzlies active in the community, forming the Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Among its projects, the foundation helped build the Memphis Grizzlies House, a temporary on-campus residence for families with children being treated at the hospital, according to the media guide.