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GRIZZLIES LOOKING FOR OPEN ACCESS TO GET HOOPS ACROSS
Published March 7, 1995
In comparing the two NBA expansion franchises in Canada, VANCOUVER SUN's Mike Beamish gives the Grizzlies GM Stu Jackson high marks for his work ethic, "skillfully courting media favor and building goodwill" before the team begins play. While the Raptors have been successful in some areas, "communication between GM Isiah Thomas and the media has sunk to a new nadir." With Thomas having "trouble divorcing Isiah, the celebrity, from Isiah, the General Manager," former Raptors VP of Communications Tom Mayenknecht "was usually the one left to take the flak." Now with Mayenknecht in Vancouver, "the bunker mentality in Toronto might only worsen." According to Mayenknecht, the Grizzlies hope "to become the most open and accessible organization in the NBA" (VANCOUVER SUN, 3/7)....The Ontario Basketball Association (OBA) wants to develop a portion of Downsview Air Base into an eight- court basketball facility that would hold OBA programs and be the Raptors training site. Raptors President John Bitove: "It would be a complete centre for basketball, and it would have grassroots connections" (Craig Daniels, TORONTO SUN, 3/7).